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2017 UNC-IntraHealth Fellows Explore HIV Stigma, Sexual Harassment in the Health Workforce, and More
From left: Rebecca Kohler (senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at IntraHealth), Kati Jackson, Pape Gaye (president and CEO at IntraHealth), Yutaka Endo, Alex Dest, Peggy Bentley (associate dean for global health at UNC), and Saja Al-Falahi. Photo by Carol Bales for IntraHealth International.October 13, 2017Graduates of the eighth annual UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program spent ten weeks working side-by-side with global health professionals atIntraHealth International this summer, taking on projects that ranged from HIV-related stigma to sexual harassment and discrimination in the health workforc...
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Vimla
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Picture It: What Family Planning Is
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Picture It: India Showcases mSakhi
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Picture It: Aoussi Yandi: Future Planner
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Picture It: Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
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Picture It: Ibrahim Kan é: Future Planner
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Picture It: Digital Health, Referrals, and Education
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Picture It: Welcome Mali ’s Newest #FP Advocates
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Picture It: Another #ClassicSelfie
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Picture It: Now, Customer Service Centers
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Picture It: Active Listening in Progress
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Picture It: Special Delivery to Fight Fistula
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Picture It: Heroic Measures
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Kesar
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Sunita
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Neelu
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Picture It: For Tajikistan ’s Moms & Babies
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Picture It: Romaric: Future Planner
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Picture It: A Quiet, Gentle Voice
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Picture It: This is the Front Line: Rachna (1)
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Picture It: This is the Front Line: Rachna (2)
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Picture It: Abou: Future Planner
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Poonam
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Bharti
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Picture It: Pharmacist Fashionista
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Picture It: How Much Can We Squeeze in?
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Picture It: To Treat All the People around Me
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Ramkumari
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Picture It: This Is the Front Line: Rachna
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Picture It: Nina: Future Planner
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A Special Delivery for Women in Mali
October 09, 2017New hospital equipment and supplies will help health workers give comfort and care to women in need.Health workers and local government officials gathered to welcome an unprecedented special delivery in Koulikoro and Kayes regions in Mali this summer: essential hospital equipment and supplies worth over US$200,000.It ’s the first time this volume of new surgical equipment and supplies has been delivered to health facilities here. And what arrived wasn’t just a donation—it was a targeted contribution of the most-needed medical supplies identified by the health centers themselves.We think th...
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A Special Delivery for Mali's Moms
October 09, 2017New hospital equipment and supplies will help health workers give comfort and care to women in need.Health workers and local government officials gathered to welcome an unprecedented special delivery in Koulikoro and Kayes regions in Mali this summer: essential hospital equipment and supplies worth over US$200,000.It ’s the first time this volume of new surgical equipment and supplies has been delivered to health facilities here. And what arrived wasn’t just a donation—it was a targeted contribution of the most-needed medical supplies identified by the health centers themselves.We think th...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

In West Africa, Youth Ambassadors Serve as Family Planning Advocates
The objective is simple: to work with community leaders, religious leaders and government officials in building stronger communities and reducing the number of pregnancy-related deaths among youth. In educating young men, fathers-to-be also understand the high risk of unspaced births and possible health repercussions on women.Not only do local communities benefit, but so do individual ambassadors.Sociocultural barriers, however, often prove a lingering deterrent to contraception adoption in places such as Mali, where religious and community norms push women to average 6.1 children each. Religious pressure has made abortion...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Uganda Slashes Rate of Health Worker Absenteeism
Dr. James Waako demonstrates how health workers log in using the biometric scanner at Iganga Hospital, where absenteeism in now 10% —down from 50% a year ago. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International.October 02, 2017A 2015 study revealed that 50% of health workers in Uganda ’s public sector weren’t showing up, or came to work but left early to collect dual pay at another facility. Today, that number is down to 11.9%, thanks to a new monitoring system that helps health officials track and analyze attendance data and take appropriate actions against chronically absen t staff.Health worker abse...
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To Achieve SDGs, Grow Economies, We Must Invest in the Frontline Health Workforce
October 02, 2017It's time to face the financing issue.Four years ago, ahead of the world ’s last major forum to touch on the health workforce, advocates gathered at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to plead for a global consensus on how to ensure the world has the health workforce it needs to achieve a compact now known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Thanks in part to those advocates, many of whom returned to New York last week for UNGA, that consensus is now firmly enshrined in the form of SDG targets 3.C and 3.8, the first-ever  Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 20...
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For Better Health Outcomes for Moms and Babies, Quality Tops Resources
September 29, 2017We know this. So how can we encourage change?There are three main indicators commonly used to measure the quality of health care: structure, process, and outcome.Structure refers to characteristics of the care setting, including facilities, medical equipment, and staff. Process means whether the services are continuously consistent with recommended guidelines. And outcome evaluates a client ’s health as a result of the care he or she received.While global health NGOs have paid close attention to structure and outcome measures, they ’ve given less attention to improving health care quality thro...
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IntraHealth International and Novartis Foundation Team Up to Thwart Hypertension in Senegal
Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah courtesy of the Novartis FoundationSeptember 26, 2017IntraHealth International is partnering with the Novartis Foundation, the Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action, PATH, local health officials, community-based organizations, and other local stakeholders to address hypertension and improve cardiac health among the population of Dakar.Through the new initiative, Better Hearts Better Cities – Dakar, the ministry will test evidence-based, scalable approaches in Dakar that have the potential to thwart the rise of hypertension and othernoncommunicable diseases (NCDs) throughoutSenegal and...
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Contraception Is about Partnerships —in More Ways than One
September 25, 2017To make family planning work for young people, we need to look at the bigger picture.Imagine you are very, very poor. You and your family have, say, $100 or less for the entire month. What are your priorities?For most people, the main concerns would be food, safe drinking water, shelter, and maybe education, if there ’s anything left over. When you’re making decisions under this type of pressure, a lot of important things fall to the bottom of the list.Contraception is one of them.In the global health community, we call the hardships that dog impoverished families “economic barriers.&rdq...
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To Do: Join Forces, Save Lives
September 22, 2017Change is in the air. And it feels good.The secret is out! And we couldn ’t be more excited.After months of planning, strategizing, and daydreaming about how to reach more people around the world with the health care they need, we ’ve done something big:IntraHealth International is joining forces withDAI, one of the world ’s leading development organizations.If we want to keep doing good, we need to be creative about it.Our partnership issomething new, both for us and for the world of international development. It ’s not a merger. It’s not an acquisition. It’s a unique ...
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Rural Uganda Gets a Health Worker Boost
September 21, 2017The sight of serene hills stretching into the horizon calmed my nerves as we snaked our way through steep and narrow dirt roads deep in Buhweju district, in South Western Uganda, 319 kilometers from the capital, Kampala.  Suddenly, it dawned on me why this district is considered “hard to reach” as I imagined what it would be like to traverse the same ground during a rainstorm or at night.It ’s here that I meet Janet Alupo, 20, an operating theatre assistant at Nsika Health Center IV who plans to take this same journey—plus an additional 332 kilometers—every three months ...
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Stronger Health Systems Can Provide Palestinians with Better Health Care
September 18, 2017Improvements can help Palestinians access better health care today —and prepare for the unknowns of tomorrow.Outside the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, I saw a woman emerge from the crowd. She looked frantic with worry and purpose as she approached.She needed the doctor who was accompanying me, or rather his signature on a referral form —a formality that stood between her and the specialized health care she, or perhaps a loved one, needed.I was there last month to visit ourPalestinian Health Capacity Project, which is doing crucial and challenging work to help the Palestinian Ministr...
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Family Planning Information for All: Addressing Myths and Misconceptions about Family Planning
September 15, 2017Join HIFA for a thematic discussion on how to meet the family planning and contraception information needs of the general public, health workers, and policymakers in low- and middle-income countries.  Join us!  Back in the early 1990s, the  International Planned Parenthood Federation asked me to research and write about maternal mortality. It was a true eye-opener: the daily tragedy of maternal deaths—in huge numbers. I learned that most of these deaths are preventable, and many are the consequence of unintended pregnancies, due largely to lack of availability of modern cont race...
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Health Systems Innovations Help the Palestinian Ministry of Health Save Money and Improve Access to Specialty Care
IntraHealth International ’s president Pape Gaye (third from left) joins the Palestinian Minister of Health Dr. Jawad Awwad (fourth from left) and USAID Mission Director Monica Stein-Olson (fifth from left) at the launch of the eReferral system in August. Photo by Jihad Mashal for IntraHealth International.September 15, 2017Last month, the Palestinian Ministry of Health launched a new electronic medical referral system and opened its first Customer Service Centers. These efforts will help the ministry streamline referral processes, improve client experience, and ultimately increase access to specialty care for Palest...
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How We Made a Health App that Works in India's Most Remote Areas
September 14, 2017Designing an app is easy. Deploying it is the challenge.Over half a century ago, communications guru and intellectual Marshall McLuhan  predicted that electronic interdependence will make the world a global village. But last month, Simon Tisdall ofThe Guardian called out the international media for creating a hierarchy of suffering by focusing on Hurricane Harvey more than on the devastating floods in South Asia and South East Asia.The reason: distance!The distances that marginalize are not just physical. They manifest in governance gaps, (in)justice, cultural atrophy, social dystopia. Nowh...
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DAI and IntraHealth Join Forces to Amplify Global Health Impact
September 13, 2017 Chapel Hill, NCIntraHealth International andDAI today announced a strategic affiliation that will enable the two organizations to extend their reach and amplify their collective impact in the global health arena.IntraHealth ’s Board of Directors voted unanimously September 11 to approve the legal affiliation.“I am delighted to align our team formally with DAI,” said Pape Amadou Gaye, IntraHealth’s President and CEO. “DAI has a distinguished history in international development and an unwavering commitment to its development mission. Working together—taking advantage ...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Invest in Health Systems by Investing in Health Workers
September 08, 2017A new report provides the first quantitative estimates of the value of stronger health systems —and the lives they can save. In 2012, the US Agency for International Development set an ambitious but critical goal: to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 mothers between 2012 and 2020. To achieve this goal, the agency is investing in efforts to strengthen local health systems.These efforts are the central focus of the 2017Acting on the Call report, which quantifies what many in the global health sector know intuitively —stronger health systems lead to more widely available, hig...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Safer Toilets Bring Better Health, New Business to Tajikistan
September 01, 2017New ventilated improved pit latrines are creating  fresh opportunities for local families.Nineteen-year-old Usmonali Gafurov built a thriving family business doing something he never expected: building toilets.It started when his brother Khurshed began working with Feed the Future ’s Tajikistan Health& Nutrition Activity, which trained him to build ventilated improved pit latrines in their home district of Yovon in southern Tajikistan.Only 7% of households in southern Tajikistan have access to improved sanitation facilities.“After these trainings, we opened a small family busines...
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IntraHealth Improves Health Care in 37 Countries, Reaches 221,000 Health Workers in 2016
August 30, 2017 Chapel Hill, NCIn a step toward making high-quality health care available to more people around the world, 221,226 health workers in 37 countries gained training or other support throughIntraHealth International’s programs in 2016. These health workers are now improving the quality of health care in their communities and making services available to more people, including in the hardest-to-reach areas. See the full results atwww.intrahealth.org/AnnualReport2016.The World Health Organization projects a shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Without ...
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To End HIV Stigma, We Must Fight a Long History
August 24, 2017Health workers can play a key role in ending discrimination against people who live with HIV.“Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.” —Ryan WhiteRyan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13 in Indiana in 1984, following a blood transfusion to treat hemophilia A, his inherited blood disease.It was a time when most people knew little about HIV and AIDS. Ryan and his family experienced overwhelming and ignorant stigma and discrimination. Some feared he might transmit HIV through casual contact, or made stereotyped assumptions about...
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