Student Loans Helped Osoro Build a Business and Expand Health Care in Rural Kenya
September 20, 2018He had almost given up on  his dream of owning a health care enterprise. Then he learned about the Afya Elimu Fund. It is 10AM local time, and in Karantini village, Kenya, an elderly man with a walking stick is limping out of the consultations room at Bethany Medical Clinic. You can see he is being careful not to hurt his leg. This is because he ’s recovering from a festering wound that had almost become gangrenous.He is the ninth patient since daybreak for health worker Statius Osoro Ondiba, 24, the proprietor of the medical facility.For months before visiting the clinic, the old man, who...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

New Project Will Use Behavioral Science to Improve Family Planning Services in Uganda
September 17, 2018How can insights into individual behaviors and decisions improve the family planning and reproductive health services Ugandan health workers provide their clients? Through a new award from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, IntraHealth International and ideas42 are teaming up to answer this question.The new research project, called Scale-Up and Capacity Building in Behavioral Science to Improve the Uptake of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (SupCap, for short) will improve the health and well-being of women of reproductive age in Eastern Uganda by helping increase the modern contrac...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Collaboration Is Essential to Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia
September 14, 2018It'll  take a nation to change the numbers for Indonesia's  moms and babies.As Indonesia celebrates its 73rd year of independence, most people are aware of the country ’s impressive economic development over the past few years. But perhaps fewer are aware that, every hour, across this massive archipelago, two mothers and eight newborns die.The country still faces unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality. This is a multi-faceted and complex issue, which requires collaboration between all elements of society to ensure effective measures are taken to improve maternal and new...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Senegal ’s New Roadmap for a Gender Transformative Human Resource Management Policy
September 07, 2018The country is taking steps to change the working lives of health workers —particularly women. Female health workers in Senegal not only juggle full-time jobs during the day and work a “second shift” when the get home at night, but they are often deployed to health posts far from home. This can exacerbate interpersonal and family conflict, including with their spouses. It can also create delays and bottlenecks in the services they provide to their clients.The Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MSAS) recognized the need to be more responsive to these and other issues of g...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Promise of Digital Health in the Fight against Noncommunicable Diseases
September 06, 2018Could activity trackers help stem the global tide of hypertension?Noncommunicable diseases, or NCDs,  kill 41 million people around the world each year, including 15 million whodie prematurely because of them. But did you know that 85% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries?Also known as chronic diseases, NCDs include pulmonary/respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. They are often preventable and develop gradually. There are several risk factors for NCDs, including hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyle and diet.Bu...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Young and HIV-Positive? We See You
September 05, 2018For kids who live with the virus, an empathetic health worker can be a link to a lifetime of successful treatment.“Can you see me?”We heard this question repeatedly and in different ways throughout the week-longInternational AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this summer.The question urged us to consider people who exist entirely at the margins of their societies, struggling for access to health care, for acknowledgement, for basic safety and health —people for whom this biannual gathering is possibly the only venue where they feel fully seen, safe, and prioritized.For some of us, we ’re...
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Picture It: A Day in the Life
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Global Access to Quality, Affordable Care
August 31, 2018This year's  Extreme Affordability Conference in Ghana had something new to offer.Something special happens when stage and subject align. Earlier this summer, after trading air-conditioned ballrooms for steamy tents in sub-Saharan Africa, the Extreme Affordability Conference achieved that alignment. Although the conference has always been about improving access to global health resources, taking the event to Ghana maximized global partnerships in new ways.Leveraging Combined Strengths and ConnectionsThe University of Utah ’s Division of Public Health has been working in Africa for nearly two decad...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Behind Big Results in Zambia, Big Ideas and a Creative Team
August 30, 2018Meet some of the people who ’ve been driving major progress in HIV care for members of Zambia’s hard-to-reach key populations.Five years is a very short period in the grand scheme of things. But when the right people work together toward a common goal, great things can be achieved.Great things like reaching 738,951 people with HIV testing and counseling. And of the 10% who tested positive, getting 87% initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) to help treat the disease.This is what happened in Zambia, whereIntraHealth International has been working to improve HIV testing and counseling and expand ...
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NGOs and Universities Can Team Up to Improve Global Health through Digital Health
August 16, 2018Here's a  process that works—and benefits us all.The Research Triangle area of North Carolina is named for three world-class universities that form a triangle of academic and research excellence: University of North Carolina (UNC), Duke University, and North Carolina State University. We ’re lucky at IntraHealth International that our headquarters falls right in the middle of them.I came to IntraHealth in the fall of 2013, after 20 years at UNC, in part to figure out how to engage these universities in the global health work happening on the ground in countries around the world, and to work ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

One Major Reason the AIDS Epidemic Isn ’t Going Away
It's a serious threat to progress in HIV treatment and prevention —and something we have the knowledge to stop, especially in health care settings.August 08, 2018It's a serious threat to public health and progress in HIV treatment and prevention —and something we have the knowledge to stop.A few years ago Dany Stolbunov, now 20, told his doctor in Ukraine that he wanted to go to medical school. He was sharing his ambitions with someone he admired and trusted, who he thought might believe in him, the person responsible for his care.“I told him I wanted to become a physician, too.”“You can&rsquo...
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New Project Will Bring High-Quality HIV Services to the People Who Need Them Most in Five Central American Countries
August 07, 2018​IntraHealth International will expand its HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts in Central America with a new $15 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Strengthening Care and Treatment Cascade Project will help El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama improve the quality and reach of their HIV services and allocate more resources where they are most needed.While the overall HIV prevalence is low in these countries, the epidemic is concentrated among key groups, including men who have sex with men, transgender women, and female sex workers. Despite these...
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New $48.5 Million Project in Rwanda to Bring High-Quality, Integrated Health Services to Moms, Babies, and Youth
Photo by Christopher Wilson for IntraHealth InternationalAugust 06, 2018Through a new five-year, $48.5 million grant from the US Agency for International Development, a consortium led by IntraHealth International will collaborate with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to reduce preventable infant and maternal deaths, reduce the incidence of malaria, and bring high-quality, integrated health services to more Rwandan mothers, children, and adolescents.The new activity —called Ingobyi, a Kinyarwanda word for a cushion that is used to carry a baby, new bride, or king—will work in 20 districts to:increase equitable acce...
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Picture It: The Challenge Initiative
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SwitchPoint Event in Ghana Showcases West Africa ’s Humanitarian Tech
August 02, 2018Humanitarian thinkers and doers from throughout West Africa and the US participated inIntraHealth International’s first Africa-basedSwitchPoint event last month as part of the annualExtreme Affordability Conference.Over 200 students, health workers, academics, scientists, technologists, venture capitalists, artists, and others gathered for the conference, which was hosted by the University of Utah at Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana, to explore the latest in humanitarian technologies and new approaches to improving health and well-being in the region.“Our friends from Utah invited ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Happy World Breastfeeding Week
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In Rural Uganda, One Trans Woman Fights for HIV Care for All
July 30, 2018She knows from experience that health workers can either push LGBTI clients away from the care they need —or draw them to it.When I met Sempijja Dalausi, aka Mrs. Pontoshi, the first thing I noticed was her infectious laugh.  A transgender woman and former sex worker, Mrs. Pontoshi lives with HIV in rural Uganda. And she ’s working toward a world where all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community have access to high-quality HIV services.Stigmatized and marginalizedDenial was her first reaction when she tested positive in October 2009.Despite couns...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

HTC Project Brought HIV Services to 800,000 Zambians
July 25, 2018Close to 800,000 Zambians received HIV services —including testing, counseling, antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis screening, and more—through IntraHealth International’sHTC Project, which for five years focused on serving clients who are often the most difficult (and crucial) to reach.Throughout 2012 –2018, the project provided HIV care and services to female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgendered individuals, prison inmates, couples, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, cross-border traders, seasona...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

800,000 Zambians Receive HIV Services as HTC Project Worked to Curb the Country ’s Epidemic
July 25, 2018Close to 800,000 Zambians received HIV services —including testing, counseling, antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis screening, and more—through IntraHealth International’sHTC Project, which for five years focused on serving clients who are often the most difficult (and crucial) to reach.Throughout 2012 –2018, the project provided HIV care and services to female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgendered individuals, prison inmates, couples, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, cross-border traders, seasona...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Twelve Years Later, HIV in Namibia Looks Very Different
July 24, 2018There's been enormous progress here, but adolescent girls and young women still face particular risk.Last month, I returned to Namibia for the first time in 12 years.I lived here in 2005-2006 as a technical advisor to a large HIV/AIDS prevention program —a time when the epidemic was raging through Namibian communities. The prevalence rates were mindboggling, 24% in places such as Katima Mulilo. Although treatment was available, the services were not readily available or accessible.It felt like we couldn ’t inform and educate communities quickly enough or train enough health workers to counsel, test...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

This Tanzanian Couple Plans Together, Dreams Together, and Fights HIV Transmission Together
July 23, 2018A simple procedure is lowering the risk for thousands of couples in  Tanzania.Twenty-one-year-old Khadija Butemi was doing her morning chores when she heard an announcement through a loudspeaker passing by on the nearby country road.There was a campaign going on, it said, for men who wanted to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). She immediately thought of her husband, a 22-year-old fisherman, who was down by the lake fishing.The couple lives with their two-year-old daughter in Nansio, a remote village on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania. VMMC isn ’t routinely offered in the area, and ...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

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SwitchPoint Goes to Ghana
July 18, 2018At the Extreme Affordability Conference in Accra, we saw some of the unusual partnerships and switchpoints that are transforming West Africa ’s health and tech landscape.Nestled on the banks of the Volta River, about 50 miles outside of Accra, Ghana, something big is happening.Ensign College of Public Healthin Kpong is quietly demonstrating how its creative partnership with the government of Ghana, private philanthropists, and the University of Utah can serve as a model for preparing the next generation of global health leaders —and for making extreme affordability a reality.Extreme affordability&m...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How Do Attacks on Health Care Affect Women?
July 17, 2018When hospitals or clinics are attacked, women often become targets. But what do we know about the real impact on their health and well-being?In April 2017, 60 militia members attacked a hospital in Cinq, a city in the Kasai district of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rebels set fire to a surgical suite, trapping 35 patients inside, and then torched most of the hospital. They sexually assaulted women and girls with sticks and firearms, including a woman who had just given birth hours before.The details of this attack are horrifying. More than 100 people died, including 90 patients and two health workers.B...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Contraceptive Implants Are Driving Big Gains in Access to Family Planning
July 10, 2018On the road to universal access to family planning, what really gets results? And what's  next?Today, nearly two-thirds of all married or in-union women (64%) worldwide are using contraception,according to the United Nations—from 36% in 1970. And sexually active unmarried women are also using contraception at high rates.The right of women and men to freely plan the number and spacing of their children continues to be auniversally recognized human right. And voluntary family planning —with access to a wide range of contraceptive method options, competent service providers, and supportive health...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Meet the Feminists of Western Mali
July 10, 2018Contraception, sex ed, fistula, female genital mutilation —this group tackles them all. en fran çaisIt seemed like a strange place for a meeting.We had just parked on a side street in Kayes, Mali, and climbed out of the car. It wasn ’t until we rounded a corner and stepped into a wide alley that we found the group we were scheduled to meet, and I saw why we needed such a big space.More than 60 women and girls, ranging from grandmothers to teenagers to infants in arms, were there waiting for us. They rose to their feet, smiling and gesturing to the plush couches they ’d set out for...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Professional Development
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11 Billion, Ready or Not: We Need To Put Family Planning on the Fast Track
July 09, 2018By 2100, the world ’s population will rise to 11 billion. But that doesn’t mean family planning investments aren’t working.“So, you justfindarticles on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, you don ’t read them, huh? ”It was early 2008. I had recently written an evidence review on the subject. I had also just shared the news of my third pregnancy in about three years with my employer and colleagues. Now one of my male coworkers was making this joke.I brushed it off, but it made me uncomfortable.I was already self-conscious about my choice to have three children so close...
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Can Interoperable Health Systems Really Save Moms and Babies?
June 29, 2018In Tanzania, interoperability is working behind the scenes to bring vaccines to more babies that need them.I used to tell colleagues I was better at discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and handwashing than health information systems.I have a background in natural childbirth instruction and community-based development, and when I started working in digital health a few years ago, I missed the human aspects of global health. I had a shiny new master ’s degree in public health but felt lost in the conversations about canonical data models and reference implementations.  Where were the babies? Wher...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Leah McManus Named 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader
Leah McManus at the Triangle Global Health Consortium award celebration in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo: Kelley Bennett PhotographyJune 28, 2018After a community-wide vote, theTriangle Global Health Consortium presented the Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award toLeah McManus during a ceremony in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, last month, in part due to her outstanding work during West Africa ’s 2014 Ebola crisis.McManus, a technical program manager atIntraHealth International, was the first IntraHealth employee deployed to Liberia during the outbreak. Embedded in the Ministry of Health during the height of the epidem...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Three Lessons We Can Learn from 40+ Years of Community Health Worker Programs
June 27, 2018What will it take to finally create sustainable,  scalable programs for community health workers?“To respond effectively and appropriately to needs and expectations, health services need to be organized around close-to-community networks of people-centred primary care…”—WHO 13th General Program of WorkThe global health community first made widescale investments in community health workers (CHWs) more than 40 years ago. But last month, I left the 71st World Health Assembly wondering whether we had learned anything from CHW experiences over the last several decades.The 1978 Declarat...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

mSakhi Is Changing Everything for This Community Health Worker and Her Clients in Rural India
June 25, 2018Digital health  empowers Lalita to provide better antenatal care—and to keep up with her children.Lalita Chauhan starts her day early to the sound of an alarm from her phone. A couple of years ago, she could not have imagined starting her day in such a high-tech way, much less owning a smartphone.As an ASHA (or accredited social health activist) in rural India, Lalita and other community health workers are benefitting from the country ’s Digital India initiative, whereby the national government is transitioning paper-based services to digital platforms to make public services more accessi...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Calling All Wonder Women: a Microlab
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3 Big Ideas Emerge from the 2018 World Health Assembly
June 18, 2018Is the World Health Organization reembracing its original principles?As the World Health Assembly (WHA) ended last month, I was left wondering: is this a new and improved World Health Organization (WHO), or is it simply becoming what its founders intended all along?Here are a few things that made this annual meeting of the WHO different from past years, and offer us some insight about how the organization might be evolving.A physical focus on noncommunicable diseasesThe day before WHA officially began, hundreds of participants and curious locals followed the WHO ’s new Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

5 Questions with WHO ’s Jim Campbell
June 08, 2018We talked with the director of the WHO ’s Health Workforce Department during his visit to North Carolina’s global health belt.When Jim Campbell of the World Health Organization came to North Carolina this spring, we had a few minutes to pick his brain about some of the health workforce issues that are weighing heaviest on our minds —from the looming global shortage of health workers to what #MeToo and achieving gender equality could mean for the workforce worldwide.Campbell serves as director of the Health Workforce Department at WHO. He was in the North Carolina to talk with partners and col...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Women on the Rise in Global Health: Q & A with a Malian Trailblazer
June 14, 2018How can more women rise to leadership positions in global health and beyond? Hawa Diallo has some ideas.en fran çaisWhat will it take to open more leadership positions to women in global health? How can we help more women and girls get the health services they need? And are we anywhere close to achieving gender equality?These are some of the questions we ’re asking in our Women on the Rise in Global Health series. We’re looking for ideas and insights from women leaders throughout the health care and global health fields on how they’ve gotten where they are, and what it will take to cha...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Community Health Workers in Action
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3 Ways To Invest in Interoperable Health Information Systems
June 05, 2018These are the paths that will lead  us beyond lofty goals and onto practical action.We know that interoperability is key to improving the effectiveness and resilience of health information systems.As we've  said before, it ’s crucial to overcoming the fragmented and proprietary global health information systems we have today, and can allow governments and their stakeholders to make the most of their data, including extending, upgrading, and preserving it.  Yet how do we move from that lofty goal to practical action? For us atIntraHealth International, there are three clear pathways to...
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Picture It: Let ’s End Obstetric Fistula
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Storytelling Training Leads Frontline Health Workers to Advocate at the Highest Levels of Governance
Samalie Kitoleko, a registered nurse at the Uganda Heart Institute and storytelling trainee. Photo by Malaika Media for IntraHealth International.May 29, 2018The firsthand perspectives of frontline health workers are becoming more influential at the highest levels of policymaking, including last week during the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Dozens of health workers, among the thousands of delegates there, took the stage to share their personal experiences in the global effort toward universal health coverage.  Over the past two years,IntraHealth International and its partners at theFrontline Healt...
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Picture It: Dam Water
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After Fifty Long Years with Obstetric Fistula, Two Women Reclaim Their Dignity
May 21, 2018They spent most of their lives with the condition, but now two septuagenarians in Mali are healed —and they’re on a mission.en fran çaisThree days.That ’s how long Malado was in labor. That’s how long she was unable to give birth. She was only 16 years old, after all, and it was her first baby. Her body wasn’t ready.This was back in the 1960s in rural Mali, and there were no cars to take her from her village to a health facility —even today, it’s rare to see a car pass on these dirt roads. Finally someone helped her into a donkey-drawn cart and carried her to a c...
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Picture It: eLearning 2025+ SwitchPoint 2018
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Impunity Reigns as Medical Personnel and Facilities across 23 Conflict-Torn Countries Remain Under Attack
This report breaks n ew ground in bringing information providers together and demonstrating the value of collaboration.”TheSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, of which IntraHealth is the communications secretariat and a member,  consists of more than 35 organizations working to protect health workers and services threatened by war or civil unrest. The coalition raises awareness of global attacks on health and presses governments and United Nations agencies for greater global action to protect the security of health care.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:Access the report hereSee an overview of the dataTake a look at t...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Why Data Interoperability Matters to Global Health
May 18, 2018The global digital health community has been talking about it for more than a decade. So where do things stand?Predictive analytics, rapid diagnostics, and portable, personal medical records promise a future where health systems are stronger and more efficient, and where anyone can live a longer, healthier, fuller life.But one of the prerequisites for this promised transformation is that health systems —whether they’re for diagnostics or patient records or lab results—are interoperable, meaning they can quickly and seamlessly exchange data using open standards.The greater the interoperability ...
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Picture It: IntraHealth Tumblr Post Stories and Silos
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Picture It: World Hypertension Day in Senegal
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A Doctor ’s Dispatch from Brazil
May 16, 2018" Okay, doc,  I'll do it,  I'll do it. " But he never did.We love featuring personal stories onVITAL from frontline health workers all over the world. We especially love it when they tell us about the clients who ’ve moved them, the moments that keep them coming to work each day, and what it’sreally like to work on the front lines of health care.Here ’s a dispatch fromV ânia Soares de Oliveira e Almeida Pinto, a physician in Brazil who works hard to combat hypertension and diabetes in her community. Today she ’s using her story to advocate for policy changes tha...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Global Health and Tech Thinkers Come Together at SwitchPoint
May 14, 2018From pandemic preparedness to gender equality, here are a few standout moments from the 2018 event.At  SwitchPoint, a two-day conference organized by Intrahealth International —a DAI strategic affiliate—400 global health and technology devotees came together in the North Carolina countryside to share ideas and seed partnerships for solving global health challenges, especially by using technology. The seventh annual event, held April 26–27, featured 30-plus stage speakers and 20-plus microlabs.These talks and microlabs covered a host of topics, from pandemic preparedness and the value...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news