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

I ’m a Community Health Worker—Here’s Why I Tell My Story
By Margaret Odera, Community Health Worker and Mentor Mother Margaret Odera is a mentor mother, a certified community health worker, and an advocate. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.November 10, 2020FaithIn 2012, I met a pregnant woman in the health center where I work in Kenya. As part of group education, she was tested for HIV, and she tested positive.She was devastated and hysterical. She believed HIV was a disease for prostitutes and the sexually immoral.“I was married as a virgin,” she told me.“My husband has been my friend since childhood. How could I be HIV-positive?&rd...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Community Health Workers Source Type: news

5 Lessons from Top Global Experts on How to Support the Health Workforce
By Carol Bales, Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International ; Elizabeth Walsh, Director of communications and knowledge management, HRH2030October 26, 2020Before COVID-19, the world was facing a shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. By September of this year, one in seven reported cases of COVID-19 were health workers and at least 7,000 health workers had died—likely significant underestimates due to lack of data.Although the true burden of COVID-19 infections on the health workforce is unknown, the loss of hea...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 Digital Health Education Performance Policy Advocacy Health Workers Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Christopher Constantian Joins IntraHealth as Chief Growth Officer
October 23, 2020IntraHealth International is thrilled to welcome Christopher Constantian as our new chief growth officer, starting November 9, 2020.As part of the executive team at IntraHealth, Constantian will lead the Center for Strategy& Development, including all new business development. He and his team will form partnerships that expand IntraHealth's support to frontline health workers and strengthen health systems around the world.“We’re so excited to be welcoming Chris to IntraHealth in this new role,” saysPolly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and CEO.“These are challeng...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Namibia Improves HIV Care through Training and High-Quality Services
October 16, 2020Between 2015 and 2019, IntraHealth International’sUSAID HIV Clinical Services Technical Assistance Project (UTAP) helped 42,578 HIV-positive clients in Namibia begin antiretroviral therapy (ART), conducted a nurse training program, increased the number of community adherence groups from 40 to 484, and helped roll out an electronic patient management system for the country.In 2018, an estimated200,000 people were living with HIV in Namibia, with regions in the north and capital city having thehighest burden. Now Namibia is one of three sub-Saharan African countries that have achieved the UNAIDS 90-90-9...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Namibia USAID HIV Clinical Services Technical Assistance Project & AIDS Source Type: news

To Decolonize Global Nursing and Midwifery, Let ’s Rethink How We Train Health Workers
By Stembile Mugore, Senior advisor for health sector performance and sustainability, IntraHealth International Beatrice Aciro, midwife and graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing& Midwifery, conducts a practical exercise with students. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth InternationalOctober 15, 2020When I trained as a nurse/midwife in the United Kingdom, I learned about heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. They were part of the curriculum because they were among the most common diseases in the UK.But when I went back home to Zimbabwe—a country that had just declared its independence from a col...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

IntraHealth Welcomes Nikolos Oakley to Executive Team
October 08, 2020 Chapel Hill, NCIntraHealth International is happy to welcome Nikolos Oakley as the new chief financial and administrative officer on November 9, 2020.In his new role as part of the executive team, Oakley will direct the financial and administrative functions of IntraHealth's network of 18 offices around the world and its diverse portfolio of projects as it strengthens health systems and increases access to high-quality health services around the world.Oakley has over 24 years of domestic and international experience in financial and business operations, compliance systems, and federal awar...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

TCI ’s Francophone West Africa Hub Holds Webinar on Improving Access to Family Planning Among Urban Poor
This article originally appeared ontciurbanhealth.org on October 2, 2020. You can find it here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - October 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

Two New Members Join IntraHealth ’s Board of Directors
October 05, 2020 Chapel Hill, NCIntraHealth International is pleased to welcome two new members to our board of directors.Michele Moloney-Kitts andJean Philbert Nsengimana bring new expertise in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV, youth, digital health, and more.“We’re incredibly excited that Michele and Jean Philbert are joining our board and grateful for the immense and diverse expertise they bring,” saysPolly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and CEO.“Jean Philbert’s longstanding focus on youth, technology, and the future of Africa will be invaluable to IntraHealth. And ...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

Stop a Pandemic Without Water? Health Workers across the World Need WASH
This article was originally published by the Frontline Health Workers coalition on September 30, 2020.Read it here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - September 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Global health security Source Type: news

New Integrated Services Model Improves Access to Family Planning for Women in West Africa
August 28, 2020More women in West Africa now have greater access to a wide range of services during their visits to health facilities, thanks to a newintegrated service delivery model created by IntraHealth International. Our new INSPiRE integration model helps women get the most out of each visit, including services for maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH); nutrition; and family planning.As part of our work on the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation-fundedINSPiRE project, IntraHealth and Burkina Faso-based partner IRSS assessed how family planning was being integrated into MNCH and nutrition programs ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Niger INSPiRE Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Nutrition Source Type: news

More Countries Now Using mHero to Boost COVID-19 Response
August 20, 2020More countries are using mHero to tackle theirCOVID-19 epidemics, including to monitor the health of their frontline health workers, speed up communications between ministries and the front lines, and boost surveillance and response for COVID-19 and other disease threats.During any disease outbreak, real-time communication between national health authorities and frontline health workers is critical to protecting health workers and saving lives. IntraHealth International’smHero application—a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that connects ministries of health and health workers&mdas...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Digital Health Technology Mobile Technology Health Workers Source Type: news

IntraHealth Honors the Memory of Esther Lydia Nandala, Our Colleague in Uganda
August 06, 2020We at IntraHealth International are mourning the loss of our colleague Esther Lydia Nandala. She died on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, while giving birth.Esther was a data assistant working with the IntraHealth-ledRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project. She was a hardworking and caring team member at the government health facilities she supported, including Bupoto Health Center III, Buwabala HCIII, and Bunambale HCIII in Namisindwa District in Eastern Uganda. " No mother should have to die in childbirth. "“We’re joining Esther’s famil...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Uganda Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-East) Maternal and Newborn Health Source Type: news

In Tanzania, Drivers Help Deliver HIV Services in More Ways than One
By Kija Nyalali, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, IntraHealth International, Tanzania A Tohara Plus project car passes through a marketplace, distributing leaflets and flyers on HIV prevention in the field. The driver uses a speakerphone mounted on the car to raise community awareness about services available at the nearby health facility and outreach sites. Photo by Josh Estey for IntraHealth International.July 30, 2020When IntraHealth International’s ToharaPlus team received new guidance last year that we should aim to achieve 80% of our annual targets in just 50% of the time, we knew it would take the wh...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Source Type: news

2020 IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Explore Global Health in the Age of COVID-19
July 29, 2020Four new IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill summer fellows completed their projects in gender-based violence, data, and reproductive health this month.Since 2010, IntraHealth and UNC have teamed up to offer graduate students hands-on experience in the field of global health at an international nongovernmental organization—and to strengthen IntraHealth’s work by inviting fresh perspectives and ideas from students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and, beginning in 2019, the UNC School of Nursing.This year’s fellows graduated fr...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2020 Reimagined
July 22, 2020 Chapel Hill, NCTo safeguard the health and well-being of our speakers, staff, and attendees from across the globe from COVID-19, IntraHealth International has made the difficult decision to cancel our SwitchPoint 2020 in-person conference in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, this September.In lieu of a gathering in person this year, our team will host a series of highly creative and interactive virtual gatherings, designed to engage an influential global network and featuring many of the speakers and performers who were lined up to participate this year. SwitchPoint Exchange events have taken place in th...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kmelton Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

COVID-19 Puts More Women and Girls in Danger from Abusers
By Mariana AndreuJuly 22, 2020Since COVID-19-related lockdowns began, gender-based violence (GBV) has increased globally.More women areconfined at home with their abusers, more are afraid to go to health facilities because of COVID-19, andfewer are able to report violence safely without their abusers knowing. In countries that have long had low rates of gender-based violence,reports of domestic violence have increased. France has seen a 30% increase, Argentina 25%, Cyprus 30%, and Singapore 33%. In Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, demands on domestic violence response, hotlines, and e...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Gender Equality Source Type: news

COVID-19, Decolonizing Global Health Top of Mind for Global Health Students Today
By Morghen Philippi Today's global health students grapple with the legacy of colonialism in global health. Photo by Clement Tardiffe for IntraHealth International.July 22, 2020As COVID-19 started to rattle the world this year, countless strangers, acquaintances, and friends commented to me,“What an interesting time to study global health.”In May, I finished my first year of a Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health. I agree—both the global pandemic and other seismic shifts, including amplified calls for decolonizati...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Source Type: news

IntraHealth, Frontline Health Workers Coalition Urge US Policymakers to Maintain WHO Ties
July 15, 2020IntraHealth International joins theFrontline Health Workers Coalition in urging US policymakers to restore the US’s affiliation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and to cease moving forward on terminating the relationship.On July 6, the Trump Administration began the year-long process to officially terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization. This decision threatens global health security and will impede the US and other countries in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and other critical health needs.“We are strongly opposed to this decision,” saysPolly Dunford, ...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Global health security Source Type: news

5 Adaptations that Keep Family Planning Available During West Africa ’s COVID Response
By Molly Rosett, Program manager, IntraHealth International ; Fatimata Sow, Communications and program manager, the Challenge Initiative, IntraHealth International A health worker offers family planning counseling in Senegal, before the pandemic. Since COVID-19, more people are hesitant to visit health facilities, and many health workers in West Africa are concerned about a drop in access to services. Photo by Cl ément Tardif for IntraHealth International.July 09, 2020As governments in francophone West Africa turn their focus to COVID-19 pandemic response, the already-limited number of qualified health workers...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 World Population Day Source Type: news

To Succeed, Global Pandemic Response Must Bolster Nurse Leadership and Challenge Widespread Gender Inequities
By Vince Blaser, Former senior advocacy& policy advisor, IntraHealth International, and director, Frontline Health Workers CoalitionJuly 06, 2020There are massive gender inequities in nursing leadership around the world and the gains made in the past are at risk of being rolled back by COVID-19 pandemic.This is what Mary Nandili, director of nursing services at the Kenya Ministry of Health, told hundreds of participants last month ina virtual event led by IntraHealth International, Nursing Now, and Johnson& Johnson. “In terms of leadership, males are still predominant,” Nandili said.“Over 6...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 Nurses Source Type: news

New Tool Helps Organizations Prepare for Africa's Rapidly Evolving Health Work Landscape
July 21, 2020A new analysis commissioned by IntraHealth International is helping organizations better prepare for the inevitable surprises of the future—and to explore how those surprises might shape Africa’s future health workforce needs.We published a report just before COVID-19 became a global pandemic and began to shape the future in real time.Read:The Future of Health Work in Africa: What Will It Look Like in 2040?“We wanted to explore what health care—and the health workers that provide it—could look like in the coming decades,” says Polly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Health Workforce & Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

Mali and Kenya Use Data to Forecast Health Workforce Needs for COVID-19
July 01, 2020Ministries of health can strengthen and prepare their health systems to respond to theCOVID-19 pandemic by predicting how many health workers and hospital beds they need and where they need them. In Mali and Kenya, IntraHealth is helping the governments do just that.Together, we’re using data fromiHRIS,Demographic and Health Surveys, and other national information systems to apply World Health Organization (WHO) models that help countries:Identify populations at risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19due to underlying conditions such as HIV, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and advanced age.Model the timing...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Kenya Mali COVID-19 Digital Health Technology HRIS Human Resources Management Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

What ’s the Future of HIV Care in Central America, During and After the Pandemic?
By Katherine Seaton, Former editorial officer, IntraHealth International ; Yadira Villase ñor, Chief of party, Central America HIV Care and Treatment Project and regional director, Central AmericaJuly 01, 2020In Central America, closures and shutdowns related toCOVID-19 have left many people—including those who live with HIV—unsure about where to pick up medications or how to get the health services they need.Yadira Villaseñor leads IntraHealth International’s work in Central America. She sat down with us to talk about how the region and its frontline health workers are tackling the pand...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 IntraHealth ' s 40th Anniversary Source Type: news

Here ’s What We’re Doing to Make IntraHealth the Antiracist Organization We Strive to Be
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive OfficerJune 18, 2020Themurders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black Americans—on top of generations of systemic oppression and trauma in the US—are unacceptable. They should not and cannot be normal. My colleagues at IntraHealth International and I are outraged and anguished. Most of all, we are determined to act.So we’re taking a good, hard look at ourselves. We’re an organization that’s committed to equality, equity, justice, and respect. We staunchly oppose racism. But we’re seeing that we have a long way to ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

Despite Peace Agreement, Violence Takes a Toll on Health in the Central African Republic
By Hannah Webster, Former advocacy communications intern, IntraHealth InternationalJune 11, 2020For people living in the Central African Republic, life since 2012 has been defined by civil war, violence against civilians, an overwhelming need for humanitarian aid, and persistent attacks on clinics, health workers, and patients. Given the hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians, rampant murder and sexual assault, consistent impunity of human rights violations, and little leverage by the government and international peacekeeping organizations, theUnited Nations has deemed the situation a large-scale humanitarian ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Global health security Health in Conflict Source Type: news

New Report: 1,200+ Incidents of Violence Against Health Care in 2019
This article was originally published by theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Global health security Health Workers Source Type: news

Covid-19 Is Not Gender-Neutral
By Andrea UlrichJune 09, 2020As people around the world continue to face the effects of COVID-19, academic institutions and government policymakers are turning to data more than ever to understand the scope of the crisis, anticipate its spread, and formulate policy decisions.One example of existing high quality, real-time data is theJohns Hopkins’ COVID-19 dashboard, which has expanded as a data resource as the crisis grows. While policymakers and experts are relying on these resources, it is crucial to understand what information is being captured and what is not, as making decisions with incomplete or faulty data h...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Source Type: news

Leveraging the Power of Digital Technologies and Data Systems against COVID-19
By Rebecca Saxton-Fox; Jaclyn Carlsen; Merrick Schaefer; Adele Waugaman Photo by Sarah Grile for USAID.May 26, 2020How can digital technologies and data best be leveraged to support the COVID-19 response in low- and middle-income countries?Recent efforts to fight the pandemic demonstrate the incredible power that digital technology offers as we rise to face unprecedented global threats and support partner countries’ on their journey to self-reliance.To fight the spread of COVID-19, information is critical. Responders and decision makers need detailed and timely data about the disease’s spread, and communities...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Ebola Digital Health Technology Mobile Technology Source Type: news

Frontline Health Workers Abroad Help Protect Us —Let’s Support Them
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International ; Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 22, 2020Here in North Carolina, we all know someone who works in health care. Maybe there’s a nurse in your family, a physician, a data clerk, a pharmacist.These“frontline health workers” are in the spotlight right now as they face unprecedented dangers during every shift they work.Frontline health workers are literally putting themselves on the line—at great personal risk—to respond to COVID-19, stop its spread, and save their patient...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Advocacy Health Workers Source Type: news

IntraHealth Mourns the Loss of Mavjuda Karimova, Beloved Colleague in Tajikistan
May 21, 2020We at IntraHealth International are mourning the loss of our colleague Mavjuda Karimova, who died on Saturday, May 16. Mavjuda, a district coordinator for IntraHealth in Tajikistan, is survived by her son Siyovush, 23, and daughter Noila, 10.“We are heartbroken by this terrible loss,” says IntraHealth president and CEO Polly Dunford.“Mavjuda’s family is in our thoughts this week as we mourn with our Tajikistan team and honor Mavjuda’s memory around the world.”Mavjuda was dedicated, kind, and compassionate. She was a highly respected leader whose humility and devotion to justi...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tajikistan Source Type: news

Making Sense of Resource Abundance during COVID-19
By Margaret MoakleyMay 18, 2020With offices closed and many of us settling into our new normal, we open our inboxes each morning to find a barrage of information on COVID-19. Emails on what to expect, tip sheets with coping strategies, and think-pieces from the likes of Bill Gates himself.The amount of information being produced and distributed in response to the pandemic is undeniably overwhelming. As part of IntraHealth International’s knowledge management team, the process of sifting through an excess of information is not at all unfamiliar.However, COVID-19 presents a unique challenge—the world&rs...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 Source Type: news

As Part of Uganda ’s COVID-19 Response, Local Health Volunteers Are Saving Lives
By Jane Amago; Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International In Uganda, communities have years of experience with epidemics like Ebola and HIV, and can draw on their rich shared history to support their families and communities in this crisis. Patrick ’s service to his community is a symbol of Ugandan resilience. Photo by Irene Mirembe for IntraHealth International.May 13, 2020Wiasana Patrick Were is a case manager at Busolwe Hospital in Butaleja district, Uganda, where new lockdowns due to COVID-19 have resulted in travel restrictions. That me...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 Source Type: news

It's Time for Nurses Like Beth to Lead
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International ; Samantha Rick, Deputy director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition Nurse Beth Wachire leads a team of health workers, including nurses and community health workers, at Mathare North Health Facility in Kenya. “They see me as one of them, working hand-in-hand with them.” Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.May 12, 2020On a chilly morning in February 2020, Beth Wachire watches over her team at Mathare North Health Facility in Nairobi, Kenya.As the deputy nurse-in-charge, Beth oversees 25 health worke...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Community Engagement Advocacy International Nurses Day Nursing Midwifery 2020 Source Type: news

A Nurse ’s View from the Front Lines of COVID-19 in Namibia
By Irine Chelag ’at Birir , Nurse mentor ; Katherine Seaton, Former editorial officer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 12, 2020Irine Chelag’at Birir is a nurse in Namibia. We asked her to tell us more about her job, including how COVID-19 is affecting work for her and her fellow nurses in the country.Here’s what she told us.Why did you become a nurse?I grew up in a remote village in Kenya. My neighbor’s daughters were nurses and I admired the way they came home in uniform.When I received my acceptance letter from the nursing school, I was so happy, I was over the moon. The joy couldn't be described...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 International Nurses Day Global health security Nursing & Midwifery 2020 Youth Source Type: news

I Am a Midwife in a Rohingya Refugee Camp —Here’s What It’s Like
By Maksuma Akter, Midwife in Bangladesh I have been a midwife in these camps for the last two years. Photo courtesy of Maksuma Akter.May 07, 2020Within a seven-block area live over 20,000 people. Most live in sheds, and some families are seven to a single room. Children don’t run free in the streets—they are confined to small areas.These are refugees, living in Rohingya refugee camps.They have fled their country to escape persecution. But most of them left lives of possession to find themselves inside a fence with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their families. They are anxious, depressed, and su...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health International Day of the Midwife Nursing Midwifery 2020 Midwives Source Type: news

What I ’ve Learned from Practicing as a Midwife in Mali for 42 Years
By Ramatou Fomba Konate, Head of Clinical Training Throughout the course of her 42-year career, midwife Ramatou Fomba Konate has received awards honoring her motivation and courage as a midwife, including from IntraHealth, the Association of Midwives of Mali, the Chief Medical Officer of the Yanfolila Health District in Sikasso region, and the Ministry of Health.May 04, 2020en françaisI remember that back in 1977, a midwife was a rare commodity in Mali because very few were available in the administrativecercles(sub-regions), especially in the north of the country, and gynecologists were only found in the capita...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health International Day of the Midwife Nursing Midwifery 2020 Midwives Source Type: news

We Asked Five Midwives What They See on the Front Lines of COVID-19
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMay 05, 2020With every mother they care for and every baby they deliver, midwives around the world are on the front lines of COVID-19.When many of us began to stay home and physically distance ourselves from others, nurses and midwives did the opposite. They went to work, just like always, because the health care needs of mothers and babies can’t be paused even during a pandemic.We spoke to five midwives in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Senegal about what they’re seeing on the front lines of the pandemic, what motivates them, and what they nee...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Maternal and Newborn Health Advocacy International Day of the Midwife IntraHealth ' s 40th Anniversary Global health security Health Workforce & Systems Nursing Midwifery 2020 Workplace Safety Midwives Source Type: news

Strong Data Systems Are Crucial during Coronavirus
By Katherine Seaton, Editorial OfficerMay 04, 2020Data systems are crucial for health care all the time, but during a natural disaster, war, or pandemic like COVID-19, functioning data systems can mean the difference between life and death.Data help us know what the health needs are, what capabilities each nearby hospital and clinic has, and where health workers should be deployed. Essential for responding to a pandemic, these data help monitor the spread and intensity of disease and help everyone, not just health workers, understand its severity and impact on society.If the systems are operating smoothly, we don’t...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Digital Health Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

A SwitchPoint Podcast for the Era of COVID-19
By Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 01, 2020When we invitedGavin Yamey andAarathi Krishnan toSwitchPoint 2020 back in late 2019, we had no way of knowing just how much the world would change between then and now. Reality has completely shifted and the world we once knew simply does not exist anymore.We (virtually) sat down with Gavin, a physician and professor of global health at Duke University, and Aarathi, a strategic foresight and humanitarian futures analyst, to get their thoughts on howCOVID-19 is shaping our world and the field of global health. They have ideas on what the future...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

From the Front Lines to Prime Time: How These Health Workers ’ Stories Are Reaching Millions
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalApril 27, 2020Back in 2017, we had an idea.We thought that if policy-makers could hear the same stories we hear every day—about the challenges, the heartbreak, and the victories frontline health workers face on the job—they would think differently about investing in health care and the health workforce. That they would see the real, human impact those investments make.So we tried it. We teamed up with theMedtronic Foundation and provided professional storytelling training to a handful of health workers from around the world. And then we did it again the nex...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Advocacy Global health security Workplace Safety Physicians Source Type: news

In Senegal, USAID Projects Join Forces to Boost Results across Health and Governance
April 24, 2020A novel approach by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Senegal is getting cross-cutting results by bringing together different projects to share resources and collaborate across sectors. While USAID began this approach long before the global outbreak of COVID-19, the partnerships and systems it has put into place are helping the agency continue to get results and improve health amid the pandemic.In 2016, the agency moved three of its programs—one focused on health services, one on health systems, and one on governance—into one regional office in Kolda, Senegal, with the goal of...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Senegal Neema COVID-19 Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Leadership and Governance Global health security Health Workforce Systems Quality of Care Source Type: news

Marie Ba to Lead Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit
April 24, 2020Marie Ba is the new director of theOuagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit.The Ouagadougou Partnership is a coalition of nine francophone West African countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—that are working together to expand family planning in the region.“She is the right leader to guide the coordination unit through 2020 and beyond.”Ba has been a member of the coordination unit for more than three years, starting as the regional program manager for advocacy and external relations and then moving into the deputy d...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Leadership and Governance Advocacy Source Type: news

Improving Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Leads to Healthier Communities in Tajikistan
By Khosiyatkhon Komilova, Former communications specialist, IntraHealth International The new school latrines in Yovon district, Tajikistan. Photo by  Komilova Khosiyatkhon for IntraHealth International.April 21, 2020Ruzigul Mamatkulova is a nurse at a primary health center in Muminobod of the Khatlon province, a village in the Nosiri Khusrav district in Tajikistan. She had never thought about the importance of latrines at medical facilities until the USAID-funded Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity organized a health fair for patients from the surrounding villages. The activity is workin...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Community Engagement Community Health Workers Source Type: news

South Sudan Prepares for COVID-19
April 20, 2020 South SudanAs part of the country’s COVID-19 taskforce, IntraHealth International is partnering with South Sudan to help develop the nation’s preparedness and response plan and enact immediate measures to mitigate the spread of the disease.As of April 20, 2020,South Sudan had reported only four cases of COVID-19. But the government is continuing with preparations to control the disease and prevent it from spreading. And IntraHealth's staff are ready to support.“We are directly supporting the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 incident management team and are participating in the tec...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan COVID-19 Source Type: news

IntraHealth International Urges Action to Protect Frontline Health Workers amid COVID-19 Pandemic
April 13, 2020We at IntraHealth International are joining our partners in the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to urge action to protect health workers from on-the-job dangers introduced by ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic.“Never has there been a more important time to focus on health workers,” saidPolly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and CEO, inDevex last week.“Rarely have they faced such danger on such a massive scale. We have an obligation to keep frontline health workers everywhere safe, including making sure all have the personal protective equipment they need.”As more health workers get...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Measurement & Analytics Policy Advocacy Global health security Workplace Safety Source Type: news

In Ethiopia, Nurses and Midwives Help Mothers Overcome the Pain and Shame of Fistula
By Katherine Seaton, Editorial Officer ; Omar Mohammed, Program OfficerApril 15, 2020Anab Farah, a young woman in Somali State, Ethiopia, thought she was prepared for the birth of her first child. But when she went into labor at her home, she wasn’t able to give birth. For 24 hours, she suffered from obstructed labor. Her traditional birth attendant didn’t know what to do and, after using inappropriate procedures to induce delivery, Anab was told she had to go to a nearby health center to complete her delivery.When she arrived at the Lafa Ciise Health Center, a midwife helped her deliver a healthy baby boy....
Source: IntraHealth International - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Midwives Source Type: news