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

3 Things Frontline Health Workers Need to Battle COVID-19
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive OfficerApril 13, 2020We are entering week four of the COVID-19 pandemic, which also happens to coincide with World Health Worker Week. Never has there been a more appropriate time to focus on health workers. 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, or PPE, they need.All over the world, we’re seeing reports of health workers who are overworked, underequipped, scared. Some are afraid to go home because the...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Community Engagement Digital Health Human Resources Management Leadership and Governance Measurement & Analytics Policy Advocacy World Health Worker Week Global health security Source Type: news

Big Changes Needed to Recruit and Retain Young Nurses, in Kenya and Beyond
By Arush Lal, Member, Global Health Workforce Network Youth Hub ; Samantha Rick, Deputy director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition Nursing students Catherine Kimeu (left) and Samuel Kamau Kuria (center) care for a client in a health facility in Kenya. Like nurses all over the world, they face gender-related stereotypes and barriers at work. Those challenges keep many young people from pursuing much-needed nursing careers. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.April 08, 2020What does gender inequality look like for nurses in Kenya? How does it affect nurses every day at work? And what does it mean...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Education & Performance Policy Advocacy Private-Sector Approaches World Health Day World Health Worker Week Key Issues Gender Equality Global health security Health Financing Health Workforce Systems Youth Nurses Source Type: news

Rwanda ’s Nurses Communicate to Protect Themselves and Their Clients
By Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth International ; Philippe Kayibana, Community health facilitator, IngobyiApril 07, 2020Philippe Kayibanda is a registered nurse with 13 years of experience working to improve Rwanda’s health system. For him, it’s the power of communication that helps nurses meet their own needs while responding to COVID-19 and caring for patients.“I want nurses around the world to improve communication on their teams,” he says.“In order to be successful, we have to communicate our challenges, our experiences, and our lessons.”When Kayibanda became ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Education & Performance Leadership and Governance Health Workers Nurses Source Type: news

6 Nurses and Midwives on What It Takes to Do the Job
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalApril 06, 2020At IntraHealth International, we are dedicated to health workers. And now, as COVID-19 spreads around the world, health workers and the systems in which they work are more important than ever.We are so proud of our staff who are working tirelessly during this outbreak, and always, to keep helping people, no matter what the circumstances.As part of our celebration ofWorld Health Worker Week 2020, we asked some of the many nurses and midwives of IntraHealth International what drew them to health care and what keeps them coming to work every day to put their live...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: World Health Worker Week Nursing & Midwifery 2020 Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

Preparing for Ebola, Then Coronavirus
By Katherine Seaton, Editorial OfficerApril 02, 2020Midwife Ester (pictured below, screening a client for COVID-19) is used to waking up every morning and going to work at the Rwamagana Provincial Hospital in Rwanda to care for mothers and babies there. But in the last few weeks, circumstances have changed her daily work routine. Now, she identifies and investigates suspected COVID-19 cases, conducting screenings for everyone who enters the hospital.“I’m not scared of COVID-19,” she says.“I am just happy I am contributing to saving lives.’’ Rwanda declared its first case of corona...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases Health Workers Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

mHealth Tool Is Keeping Central American Clients Connected to HIV Care amid COVID-19 Shutdowns
April 01, 2020In Central America, frontline health workers are usingIntraHealth International’s mobile phone-based alerTAR system to let HIV clients know when, where, and how they can keep getting their antiretroviral therapies (ART), now that public transit and outpatient services in the region have halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.These closures and shutdowns are leaving many clients unsure about where to pick up their medications and making it difficult for them to adhere to their HIV treatment regimens. So IntraHealth’sUSAID HIV Care and Treatment Project repurposed its alerTAR system—a low-cost, C...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Panama USAID HIV Care and Treatment Project & AIDS COVID-19 Digital Health Global health security Health Workforce Systems Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Three Early Digital Health COVID-19 Response Success Stories
By Wayan Vota, Director of digital healthMarch 27, 2020Coronavirus infection rates are climbing exponentially around the world with over 440,000 confirmed cases and 20,000 deaths so far. Governments, donors, and health workers are scrambling to find digital health solutions they can use in COVID-19 response activities.While we desperately need innovative solutions now, we must be patient and:Avoid pilotitis that results in more failed ICT4D interventionsStop siloed systems development that replicates existing processesResist complicated technologies that divert scarce resourcesWe all need to follow th...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Source Type: news

We ’re Moving Fast to Help Health Workers Worldwide Combat COVID-19
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive OfficerMarch 26, 2020Today, asCOVID-19 continues to invade our thoughts and lives, my mind is on frontline health workers.They don’t have the option to work from home, as many of us are doing today. They’re on the front lines as I write this—in hospitals, clinics, and triage centers around the world—putting themselves at risk to stop this pandemic. Now, more than ever,health workers need our support.Last week, as I began my new job as president& CEO at IntraHealth International, I saw that our country and global teams had mobilized immediately to...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Health Workers Source Type: news

A Gender Lens on COVID-19
This article was originally published on March 25, 2020 by the Center for Global Development. The original post can be found here.  (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - March 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Gender Equality Nursing & Midwifery 2020 Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

COVID-19: Looking for Helpers in the Medical Hardware Community
By Rob Ryan-Silva, Global practice specialist and director, DAI Maker Lab Image: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMSMarch 20, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic makes its way across the globe, and even well-resourced health systems struggle with the availability of critical supplies needed to treat patients, initiatives have emerged in the hardware community looking to help solve the shortage of physical supplies.When looking to bring the supply chain for critical goods closer to where they are needed in emergencies, Field Ready comes to mind. It has more certified open source hardware designs t...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Community Engagement Technology Private-Sector Approaches Source Type: news

3 Ways Our Tools and Teams around the World Are Combatting COVID-19
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMarch 19, 2020It’s a whole new world for many of us this week.The US-based staff atIntraHealth International are working from home, conducting all our meetings online, and working fast to adapt our programs to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.For 40 years, we’ve known that frontline health workers are every country's first line in detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging threats. That's why we train and equip local health workers on disease surveillance and response, infection prevention, occupational safety and health, and much more. That’s why ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Infectious Diseases Digital Health Human Resources Management Global health security Source Type: news

Five COVID Response Insights for Digital Development Practitioners
This article was originally published onICTWorks.org on March 13, 2020.  (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases Digital Health Source Type: news

The Ouagadougou Partnership: An Improbable Success in a Troubled Region
By Marie Ba, Director, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit ; Janet Fleischman, Independent Consultant Ouagadougou Partnership Donors'caravan stop at Ecole des Jeunes Filles in Niamey, Niger during a session on " Complete Sexual Education. " PHOTO courtesy of EtriLabs/Yves TamomoMarch 19, 2020Sometimes innovation to spur social change arises in unexpected places. At a time of increased extremism and insecurity in West Africa, the remarkable story of a partnership to advance women’s health and empowerment through family planning is worthy of global attention. By tackling such challenges, the partn...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Policy Advocacy Youth Source Type: news

An Improbable Success in a Troubled Region
By Marie Ba, Director, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit ; Janet Fleischman, Independent Consultant Ouagadougou Partnership Donors'caravan stop at Ecole des Jeunes Filles in Niamey, Niger during a session on " Complete Sexual Education. " PHOTO courtesy of EtriLabs/Yves TamomoMarch 19, 2020Sometimes innovation to spur social change arises in unexpected places. At a time of increased extremism and insecurity in West Africa, the remarkable story of a partnership to advance women’s health and empowerment through family planning is worthy of global attention. By tackling such challenges, the partn...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Policy Advocacy Youth Source Type: news

Resilient Nursing School in Northern Mali Graduates 126 New Health Workers for the Region
March 18, 2020 Gao, MaliLast month, 126 new health workers graduated from the Gao Nursing School in remote northern Mali, a major step for a region that has a shortage of health workers. Mali has only six health workers per 10,000 people (the World Health Organization recommends at least 23 for every 10,000 people), and the shortage is especially acute in the north, whereviolence and extremism over the past decade have left many without access to care.IntraHealth International has partnered with Mali’s Ministry of Health to support the Gao Nursing School since it opened in 2001. The school is now responsible for gr...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Mali Mali Human Resources for Health Strengthening Activity Education & Performance Health Workforce Systems Midwives Nurses Source Type: news