Online Harassment of Women Journalists Must End
This study found that:                  As a result of online violence, 30% of respondents reported self-censoring themselves online and 26% reported wanting to quit social media and journalism altogether.Online violence that targets women has significant physical and psychological impacts. Astudy by Amnesty International found that across all countries surveyed, 55% of women who were targets of online violence experienced anxiety, panic attacks, or stress. This study also found that online misogyny contributed to difficulty sleeping ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

Senate Bill a Big Win for Health Workers around the Globe
By David Bryden, Director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and senior policy and advocacy advisor at IntraHealth International Photo of health workers in Mali by Nana Kofi Acquah for IntraHealth International. IntraHealth leads the secretariat for the Frontline Health Workers Coalition.August 05, 2021Even as the world is struggling to address COVID-19, we must plan and prepare for future pandemics. In fact, a recent estimate shows that the probability of a future zoonotic spillover event resulting in a pandemic of COVID-19 magnitude or larger is high: a 22-28% chance within the next ten years. W...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Global health security Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

What Does It Take to Keep HIV Services Available in Tanzania during COVID-19?
By Lucy Mphuru, Country director and project director, Tohara Plus ; Katherine Seaton, Communications writer/editor, IntraHealth International A health worker waits for clients in a mobile clinic van in Tanzania. Photo by Rasheed Hamis/DDC International for IntraHealth International.July 26, 2021Lucy Mphuru and her team have been providing HIV services tohundreds of thousands of clients in Tanzania for 14 years. But when COVID-19 hit the country in 2020, the pandemic threatened to halt these services.So Lucy and her team pivoted quickly.They developed their own creative new approaches to make sure their clients could...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Community Engagement Digital Health Source Type: news

Quality Improvement: The Quiet Hero of Global Health Programs
By Sujata Bijou, Senior Measurement and Learning Technical AdvisorJuly 08, 2021In my past life, I was a chemical engineer. More specifically, I was a process engineer for Head & Shoulders shampoo.  While my colleagues were working on other process aspects of manufacturing efficiency (faster, cheaper, less waste, etc.) I was finding ways to improve the manufacturing process to make the shampoo more effective at fighting dandruff. In our case, we wanted to fight dandruff without creating any other neg...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Measurement & Analytics Source Type: news

New Regional Advisors Will Guide Frontline Health Workers Coalition ’s Policy and Advocacy Work
July 02, 2021This week the Frontline Health Workers Coalition welcomed four new regional advisors from low- and middle-income countries to its steering committee, where they will help guide the coalition’s health workforce policy and advocacy work over the next year. IntraHealth International serves as the secretariat for the coalition.“We are working to address longstandingpower imbalances in the global health arena, and reflecting on ways to more comprehensively address health workforce needs,” says David Bryden, director of the Coalition.“We do not simply want to speak on behalf of health workers...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Health Workers Source Type: news

Yidnekachew Tessema Joins IntraHealth ’s Executive Team as New Vice President, Human Resources
June 23, 2021IntraHealth International is happy to welcome Yidnekachew Tessema as our new vice president for human resources. Tessema began in this new role on June 16, 2021.As a member of the executive team, Tessema will lead, develop, and execute IntraHealth's global human resources (HR) strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. He will oversee HR operations, talent acquisition and management, and IntraHealth’s total rewards program, as well as work with the executive team and board of directors on HR plans and organizational needs. “I’m so happy ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

Health Workers Need to Be at the Center of Our Global Vaccine Rollout
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive Officer, IntraHealth InternationalJune 16, 2021The long-awaited plan from the US for sharing COVID-19 vaccines with countries that need them is an important step forward—both in US leadership and in our global response to COVID-19. I hope it inspires other countries to share more doses faster.  As the Group of 7 (G7) meeting unfolded in Cornwall, UK, last week, I was eager for these world leaders to take the plan even further, producing a roadmap for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout—our ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health workforce development 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Health Workers Source Type: news

Francophone West Africa Adds 3.8 Million New Family Planning Users
June 09, 2021IntraHealth International’sCivil Society for Family Planning (CS4FP) project partnered with nine countries in francophone West Africa to add 3.8 million additional family planning users and doubled the number of women using modern contraceptives in the region.For the past ten years, CS4FP has been working with strong, high-functioning civil society coalitions, young people, and religious and traditional leaders in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo (Ouagadougou Partnership countries) to collaborate with and advocate to governments to implement the...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Civil Society for Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Youth Source Type: news

Joe Walsh, Amjad Ali Khan to Donate Proceeds of New EP Prayers to IntraHealth to Benefit Frontline Health Workers
June 03, 2021All proceeds from the newly released three-song EP titledPrayers will be donated to IntraHealth International to benefit frontline health workers during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.Prayers is a collaboration between multiple GRAMMY-award-winning singer, songwriter, and producerJoe Walsh and preeminent classical Sarod virtuoso and composerAmjad Ali Khan.Walsh and Khan worked on these tracks during the COVID-19 lockdown last year.“The more time I spent with this music the clearer it became that these tracks had healing properties and needed to be shared as a gift,” says Walsh, a member of the Ea...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Health Workers Source Type: news

No Respite: Annual Report Documents Violence Against Health Care in Conflict
This report is a clear indictment that the global effort to protect our health care workers on the front lines of care in conflict zones is falling far short, " International Council of Nurses CEO Howard Catton says.  " The violation of health worker rights is both a health and humanitarian crisis. Our nurses, whether in conflict areas or on the global COVID-19 frontline are particularly at risk of violence. International humanitarian law must not only be respected but applied on the ground to protect nurses and other health workers at the heart of our health systems. The World Health Organization ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Health Workers Source Type: news

No Respite: Violence Against Health Care in Conflict
This report is a clear indictment that the global effort to protect our healthcare workers on the front lines of care in conflict zones is falling far short, " International Council of Nurses CEO Howard Catton says.  " The violation of health worker rights is both a health and humanitarian crisis. Our nurses, whether in conflict areas or on the global COVID-19 frontline are particularly at risk of violence. International humanitarian law must not only be respected but applied on the ground to protect nurses and other health workers at the heart of our health systems. The World Health Organization h...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Health Workers Source Type: news

The View from a District Command Post during Rwanda ’s Second Wave of COVID-19
By D éogratias Rwangabo Nkurunziza, Communication Officer A member of the Gicumbi District COVID-19 command post collecting a COVID-19 sample during a mass testing event. Photo taken for IntraHealth International.May 17, 2021Since the emergence of COVID-19, Rwanda has been one of the most efficient countries in the world in handling the pandemic. The government’s commitment to health services and well-coordinated efforts with various nonprofit, institutional, and private-sector partners have made Rwanda’s response a success.But in late 2020, Rwanda experienced a second wave of COVID-19 infections. In...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health Workers Source Type: news

Listen to Nurses: Applause Is Not Enough
This article was originally published on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog on May 12, 2021.Read it here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - May 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Health Workers Source Type: news

Nurse Leadership: In Their Own Words
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMay 12, 2021“Most people don't understand that nurses can be leaders,” saysAlice Boit, a nurse in Nakuru, Kenya.“Most people may just understand that leaders are doctors, clinical officers, and others like that.”A year ago IntraHealth set out to document what nurses like Alice think about nurse leadership, and the barriers they face in rising up in the profession. We already had a global view, from ourInvesting in Nurse Leadership: What Will it Take? report with Nursing Now and Johnson& Johnson. We then wanted tospotlightone country's context.So ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Tags: International Nurses Day Source Type: news

Dr. Mary Nandili: A Voice and Vision for Nursing Leadership
By Dr. Mary Nandili, Director of nursing services ; The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Dr. Mary Nandili is director of nursing services at Kenya's Ministry of Health and is responsible for the leadership and governance of nursing services in the country. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.May 12, 2021Dr. Mary Nandili is the director of nursing services at the Kenya Ministry of Health, the highest-level nurse in the country. IntraHealth collaborates with Dr. Nandili and the Ministry of Health to deliver on its mandate to increase the graduating health workforce and improve the man...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Tags: International Nurses Day Source Type: news

Teresia Wambui: A Voice and Vision for Nursing Leadership
By Teresia Wambui, Nurse-in-charge ; The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Teresia Wambui outside of Napeikar Dispensary in Turkana County, Kenya. There ’s a shortage of nurses available to provide access to essential health services across Kenya, especially here in the arid lands in the north. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.May 11, 2021Teresia is the nurse-in-charge at Napeikar Dispensary in Turkana County, Kenya. We first met her when she participated in a training conducted by our USAID-fundedHuman Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya Program on long-acting reversible famil...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Tags: International Nurses Day Source Type: news

Mary Akai Supat: A Voice and Vision for Nursing Leadership
By Mary Akai Supat, Deputy nursing officer ; The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Mary is the deputy nursing officer at the Lodwar County Referral Hospital in Turkana County, Kenya. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.May 11, 2021Mary Akai Supat is the deputy nursing officer at the Lodwar County Referral Hospital in Turkana County, Kenya. She’s in charge of 50 people and three departments: Accident and Emergency, Critical Care, and Maternal and Child Health. We first met her when she participated in a training conducted by our USAID-fundedHuman Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya Prog...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: International Nurses Day Source Type: news

Alice Boit: A Voice and Vision for Nursing Leadership
By Alice Boit, Nurse in charge ; The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Alice Boit in front of the maternity wing at the Rhonda Dispensary and Maternity in Nakuru County, Kenya. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.May 11, 2021Alice Boit oversees more than 40 staff at the Rhonda Dispensary in Kenya, from nurses to clinical officers, lab technicians, and a pharmacist. She maintains the day-to-day operations to ensure her community in Nakuru Town County, Kenya, can access the health services they need. We first met her when she participated in a training conducted by our USAID-fundedHuman Res...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: International Nurses Day Source Type: news

5 Things Policymakers Must Do to Support Midwives like Me
This article originally appeared on Devex.com on May 5, 2021. Read the full article onDevex.com. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - May 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Midwives Source Type: news

New Report: 4,000+ Attacks on Health Workers, Facilities, and Transports Since 2016 —Underscores Need to Protect Health Care in Conflict 
May 05, 2021Anew report andinteractive map published today by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC), based on data collated by coalition member Insecurity Insight, highlights a global onslaught of violence against health workers, facilities, and transport from 2016 through 2020, including:4,094 reported attacks and threats against health care in conflict1,524 health workers injured681 health workers killed401 health workers kidnapped978 incidents where health facilities were destroyed or damaged.The figures—drawn from credible media reports as well as reporting by intergovernmental organizations, state...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

4 Ways to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Health Workforce
By Constance Newman, Global technical lead for gender equality and health, IntraHealth InternationalApril 28, 2021Sexual harassment is a seemingly ubiquitous, intractable problem that prevents many women around the world from advancing in the workforce. To end it, we must understand how it operates.In 2017, for example, the Ugandan Ministry of Health conducteda study—with support from IntraHealth International’s USAID-fundedStrengthening Human Resources for Health Project—to better understand the nature of sexual harassment and why it so often went unreported.The study found:A pattern of men in higher-s...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Gender Equality Source Type: news

7 Questions with Dr. Makasa
By Patricia  Egessa , Senior Communications ManagerApril 09, 2021Dr. Mpundu Makasa is a clinician and public health practitioner who works in the primary health care setting. She has a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Makasa is currently enrolled in the University of Zambia’s (UNZA) Family Medicine Residency Program that is supported by Seed Global Health. Later this year, Dr. Makasa will be the first graduate of the program. She will become a faculty member after graduation, reinvesting her newfound skills and experience to teach for the program. Seed Global Health talked to he...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 World Health Worker Week Gender Equality Health Workforce & Systems Primary Health Care Health Workers Source Type: news

Meet Three Health Workers In Central America Who Won't Let COVID-19 Stand In the Way of HIV Care
By Claudia Guzm án A nurse takes escorts a client to health services in Guatemala. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.April 08, 2021Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, health workers in Central America have been working to ensure all people living with HIV have access to health care. In their communities throughout the region, they’re delivering medicines and adapting to new ways of providing services to the most vulnerable populations during the pandemic.Here’s how.Home visits in GuatemalaPedro (not his real name) is a university student, who, according to his medical record, lives in ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 World Health Worker Week Source Type: news

Meet 7 Health Workers Who Are Changing the Way We Approach Global Health Beyond the Pandemic
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalApril 06, 2021Health workers know better than anyone what they need to be safe on the job. They know what it takes to be prepared for coronavirus cases as they come in the door. To end the COVID-19 pandemic, prevent future disease outbreaks, and to keep essential services running and available for their communities.During World Health Worker Week 2021, we’re amplifying their voices and recommendations on how we can better support and protect health workers—now and for the long haul.Meet seven health workers and leaders who are telling us what’s essential t...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 World Health Worker Week Health Workers Source Type: news

Meet One Health Worker Who's Helping More Women and Babies in Uganda Get Care during COVID-19
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International James Angedu at the Magoro Health Center III. Photo by Irene Mirembe for IntraHealth International.April 06, 2021It’s 10:45 am. The sun is already high in the sky and the heat is unrelenting at Magoro Health Center III in the Kakatwi District of Eastern Uganda.Uganda is experiencing its dry season and patients usually stay away because of the heat, but not at this health facility.The reason: James Angedu, the health worker in charge.At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda in October 2020, eight of James’s staff contracted COVID...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health World Health Worker Week Health Workers Source Type: news

Health Workers Are Essential, During the Pandemic and Beyond
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive Officer, IntraHealth InternationalApril 05, 2021We’ve all heard the term“health worker heroes.” But really, they’re health workerhumans.Health workers are just people, like us. They’ve been working in incredibly challenging situations, especially during the past year. They’re not magic. They don’t have superpowers that let them never sleep or make them invincible against disease. They’re real people. They’re people who have families and hobbies and needs—inside and outside of work.If 2020 taught us anything, it&rsq...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: SwitchPoint World Health Worker Week 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Global health security Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

In Uganda, These Four Women Improve HIV Services for Hundreds of Clients
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International Lucy, Grace, Florence, and Hellen are working together to improve HIV services in Eastern Uganda. Photo by Irene Mirembe for IntraHealth International.April 05, 2021The Kotido Health Center IV HIV clinic in Eastern Uganda is run by a vibrant team of four wonder women. Led by the antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinic“in charge” and mentor Hellen, the quartet of health workers delivers high-quality HIV services for 357 clients—that’s 67% of the entire HIV client base in their district.Viral load suppression—a key HIV tre...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Maternal, Newborn, Child Health 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Health Workers Source Type: news

How This Ugandan Health Center Is Keeping Health Workers and Clients Safe during COVID-19
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International Catherine, a midwife at Ochero Health Center III, adapted quickly to continue providing high-quality maternal and child health services to mothers who come to the health center. Photo by Irene Mirembe for IntraHealth International.March 07, 2021By March 2020, most countries around the world had shut down. The COVID-19 pandemic was rapidly spreading and, in Uganda, only a few essential health services could be provided due to pandemic restrictions.Even before the global pandemic, many women and girls struggled to access high-quality maternal healt...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 Maternal, Newborn, Child Health International Women ' s Day 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Health Workers Source Type: news

How Women Leaders Have Shaped Our Response to COVID-19
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMarch 08, 2021At IntraHealth International, we’re lucky to work with amazing women leaders every day. At every level of the organization, in every country we work, they’re leading us through this pandemic and into a future where everyone everywhere has the health care they need to thrive.In 2020, we saw that countries with female leaders hadlower COVID-19 death rates and better economic performance. So we asked some of the women leaders at IntraHealth: How have other women influenced your leadership style, especially during the pandemic?Here’s what they sa...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 International Women ' s Day Source Type: news

10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2021
By Katherine Seaton, Communications writer/editor, IntraHealth International A health worker at an IntraHealth-supported mobile clinic in Shinyanga, Tanzania. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.February 24, 2021COVID-19 stole the headlines in 2020—and revealed that most countries were vastly underprepared for a pandemic.But it also shed light on incredible human ingenuity and fortitude. We saw frontline health workers navigate a deluge of COVID cases while also trying to keep crucial services available. We saw the fastest vaccine development in history. And we saw more clearly than ever our need ...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Mental Health Digital Health Policy & Advocacy 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Gender Equality Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

2 ways Biden can help health workers and fight COVID-19
This article originally appeared on Devex. The full article can be found here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - February 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Health Workers Source Type: news

Meet 9 Black Americans Who Have Big Ideas for Greater Global Good
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 22, 2021Here atIntraHealth International, we’ve worked in over 100 countries around the world. But we were born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the United States—a country shaped by over 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, voter suppression, police brutality, and more.Today, Black Americansface greater risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 than white Americans. Black mothers die during childbirth ata higher rate than white mothers. And Black men and women havelower average life expectancies than white men and women. That&r...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

New USAID Award to Expand HIV Care and Treatment Services in South Sudan
February 18, 2021Through a new award from the US Agency for International Development (USAID),IntraHealth International will lead the Advancing HIV& AIDS Epidemic Control Activity in South Sudan. This contract will build on IntraHealth’s 15-year history of partnership in South Sudan as we work with the government and local partners to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the country’s efforts toward HIV epidemic control.The four-year Advancing HIV& AIDS Epidemic Control Activity will focus on operationalizing pathways to epidemic control using global 90-90-90 targets for 2020 and95-95-95 targets...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan Advancing HIV & AIDS Epidemic Control Activity Source Type: news

Tanzania ’s Tohara Plus Exceeds HIV Service Goals Despite Pandemic
February 08, 2021In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its halting effects on health services around the world, Tanzania’s northern regions of Mara, Mwanza, Shinyanga, and Simiyu have provided crucial HIV services to over 186,000 adolescent and adult men, exceeding their target success rate by 117% through theTohara Plus project.The IntraHealth-led project—which is funded by the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the US Centers for Disease Control—has provided HIV services in Tanzania since 2016 to help the country tackle its HIV epidemic sustainably while also working toward...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Tanzania Tohara Plus HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Source Type: news

How to Strengthen Uganda's COVID-19 Response and Protect Health Services
By Catherine Shrimpton, Communications support for TDDA TDDA engages communities, such as the one in pictured in Chad, in the fight against COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the TDDA program.February 08, 2021COVID-19 infections in Uganda are rising fast. The country recorded its first case of the coronavirus in March 2020 and in the early stages of the pandemic most cases were identified at the borders among people traveling from other countries. Since then, however, the country has seen a rapid increase in community transmission and clusters of infection nationwide. As of January 20, Uganda’s Ministry of Health h...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

From Community Health to the Front Lines of COVID-19
By Esther Wanjiru Kariuki, Communications Assistant Milton conducts a COVID-19 sensitization meeting in his community. Photo courtesy of Milton Okumu Maina for IntraHealth International.January 29, 2021Milton Okumu Maina used to spend his time supervising community health volunteers and coordinating community health activities in Kenya. He’s a community health assistant (CHA), also known as community health extension worker (CHEW), for the Nduru Kadero and West Katieno Community Health Units in Kisumu County, Kenya.But in the spring of 2020, his job completely changed.Milton is one of the many health workers acro...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Community Engagement 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Community Health Workers Source Type: news

How One Nurse Leader Transformed Family Planning Services at This Kenyan Health Facility
By Esther Wanjiru Kariuki, Communications Assistant Alice Boit in front of the maternity wing at the Rhonda Dispensary and Maternity in Nakuru County, Kenya. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.January 27, 2021As the leader of the Rhonda Dispensary and Maternity in Nakuru County in Kenya, Alice Boit supervises 40 staff members, including contract health workers and 14 nurses. Most of her responsibilities revolve around managing the daily operations of the facility, including the supply chain and finances, to make sure it can provide services for a population of more 27,000 people.The dispensary off...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Human Resources Management Source Type: news

Maqsoda Maqsodi to Join IntraHealth as New Chief Program Officer
January 29, 2021IntraHealth International is thrilled to welcome Maqsoda Maqsodi as our new chief program officer, beginning February 1, 2021.As a member of the executive team, Maqsodi will lead IntraHealth’s Center for Program Delivery and Learning and oversee global health projects in more than 30 countries. She brings over 17 years of experience in project leadership and management, including in conflict and post-conflict settings. Maqsodi has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Bolivia, and Peru.“I am so happy to be welcoming Maqsoda to our ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Next Steps in Our Global COVID Response: A Message to the World Health Organization's Executive Board
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalJanuary 20, 2021IntraHealth International commends the World Health Organization (WHO) for its work in responding to COVID-19. However, much more must be done to ensure essential support and protection for frontline health workers if the response is to succeed.Reports show at least 44,000 health workers in Africa, 12,000 health workers in Asia, and 570,000 health workers in Latin America and the Caribbean have been infected with COVID-19, threatening their lives and overall health system capacity.Governments, donors, and implementing partners must prioritize protection and ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

South Sudan Provides High-Quality HIV Services to Key Populations —and Sees Positive Results
January 13, 2021For the past five years, the Evidence to Action (E2A) project in South Sudan worked with the Ministry of Health, local partner organizations, and health workers to improve the health of people living with HIV, including groups that face barriers to health care and higher risks of infection, such as female sex workers. To meet the needs of these key populations, E2A: Provided screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and provided gender-based violence screenings and referral services for hard-to-reach female sex workers ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan Evidence to Action (E2A) Project Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Top Global Health Moments of 2020
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Community Health Nurse Olivia Yeboah thoroughly washes her hands at the Akropong Clinic in Ghana. Photo by Emmanuel Attramah, PMI Impact Malaria/US President's Malaria Initiative.December 17, 2020If we wanted to, we could list a COVID-19 moment for every month of 2020.  We all know that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—first in China and then worldwide—overwhelmed news coverage this year. And with good reason. It’s the first large-scale global pandemic in 100 years. At the time this article was publ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Nutrition Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Nursing Midwifery 2020 Health Workers Source Type: news

3 Ways Health Workers in Central America Are Delivering HIV Care during a Pandemic
By Claudia Guzm án A client received HIV medication at their home in Guatemala in August, 2017. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.December 14, 2020In Central America, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new barriers for people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen. People living with HIV face lack of transportation, reduced clinic hours and sites, and fear of going to clinics—all of which make it harder for them to continue taking their medication.So health workers from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama​ are using some new...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Health Workers Source Type: news

Executive Voice: 10 Questions with CEO Polly Dunford
This article originally appeared in the Triangle Business Journal on December 3, 2020. You can read ithere. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - December 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health Workers Source Type: news

Congress Must Make Health Workers and COVID-19 Emergency Funding the Priorities
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Dr. Sissoko is the head of anesthesiology and emergency services at a hospital in Mali. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah for IntraHealth International.December 08, 2020In letters to US Congress members this fall, Léonie Claudine Lougue (Minister of Health of Burkina Faso) and Michel Hamala Sidibe (Minister of Health and Social Affairs in Mali) called for a united response to the COVID-19 crisis.“We respectfully request that the U.S. Congress support partner countries’ own leadership in building and strengthening the health workforce and cross-cutting health s...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

Meet Three Ugandan Women Who Say Community-Based Family Planning Has Changed Their Lives
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth InternationalDecember 07, 2020In rural Eastern Uganda, three young women between the ages of 19 and 24 are happy, healthy, and focused on achieving their dreams, thanks to community-based family planning providers.During the COVID-19 pandemic, IntraHealth International’sRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) program has increased community-level interventions to improve family planning services and make them more accessible, while also emphasizing community participation, citizen accountability, reporting, and the impo...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Source Type: news

In Central America, Health Workers Keep HIV Services Available despite Dual Disasters
By Claudia Guzm án Photo by Trevor Snapp in El Salvador for IntraHealth International.December 01, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of barriers for people living with HIV who need to continue their care and treatment. But when hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America in November, the barriers multiplied.Pounding Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Guatemala for days, these two hurricanes brought heavy rains that led to flooding and landslides that devastated communities and affected millions.In the face of these dual crises, health workers in Central America demonstrated strong leadership ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Digital Health World AIDS Day Source Type: news

Four Ways We ’re Adapting HIV Services during COVID-19 in Tanzania
By Kija Nyalali, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, IntraHealth International, Tanzania A community volunteer recruits clients interested in VMMC services in Ukerewe, Tanzania. Photo by Josh Estey for IntraHealth International.November 18, 2020In Tanzania, the first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 16, 2020. When the country’s government instituted preventive measures to keep the disease from spreading, those same measures made it tougher to provide other services that can prevent a different infectious disease: HIV.So IntraHealth International’sTohara Plus team had to adjust.The Tohara&...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Source Type: news

In Burkina Faso, New Community Health Posts Improve Access to Integrated Care
By Marguerite Ndour, Project director, INSPiRE ; Jennifer Martin, International Development Writer and Editor Kiendr ébéogo Patindé, head of Lo-Longo health post in Burkina Faso, speaks to a mother at the health post. Photo by Isidore Sinkondo for IntraHealth International.November 17, 2020A mother in Burkina Faso with a sick child walks 6.5 kilometers, on average, to find a health worker. Finding local and available high-quality health services is difficult, especially in rural areas.The World Health Organization estimates that there isless than 1 physician and fewer than 4 nurses per 10,000 peo...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Source Type: news

Sanitation Improves, Malnutrition Drops among Women and Children in Tajikistan
November 11, 2020Over the past five years, Tajikistan improved health and nutrition for almost 250,000 women and 600,000 children and engaged almost 450,000 community members on agriculture management thanks to IntraHealth International’sFeed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity (THNA).Almost half of Tajikistan’s population is living below the national poverty line and one-third is affected by food insecurity. The remote Khatlon region has an agricultural sector that doesn't produce enough healthful, high-nutrient food, which leads topoor nutrition and maternal and child health. In 2012, the regi...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Tajikistan Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Gender-Based Violence on the Rise in the COVID-19 Era
By Elizabeth Drachman, Senior Communications ManagerNovember 11, 2020A Liberian mother choked back tears as she recounted how a police commander refused to accept her report about a neighbor who raped and impregnated her 13-year-old daughter. The officer didn’t believe her.This is just one recent example of gender-based violence gleaned from DAI’s project work, but unfortunately, it is all too common, and—for multiple colliding reasons—the prevalence of such violence appears to have been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.In May, the United Nations (UN) issued an alert about the alarming rise of ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news