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Keeping Babies HIV-Free
May 26, 2017This team of health workers in northern Namibia is determined to test 100% of babies  born to HIV-positive mothers. And they're almost there.  Squinting in the hot northern Namibian sun, a man smartly dressed in a nurse ’s uniform greets us with a warm smile. Rightwell Zulu, or “Dr. Zulu,” as he is affectionately called by his colleagues, is a nurse mentor at Nyangana District Hospital in Namibia.Zulu, together with his colleagues, Veronika Shivute and Felistas Shindimba, developed a system that has helped this hospital test nearly every baby born there to HIV-positive mothers. Their...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

A Message to the US Congress: Do the Right Thing
May 25, 2017The Trump Administration ’s FY2018 budget proposal and other proposed policies would leave us all vulnerable to health threats.We atIntraHealth Internationalare alarmed by the troubling signals sent by President Trump ’s Administration this week, including the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. We believe the proposal would lead to a deterioration of American leadership in global health and development and have a devastating impact on the health and security of people around the globe.In the past week, the Administration has:Proposed a 26% decrease in global health funding at the United States Ag...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Health Workers, Facilities Under Attack in 23 Nations; UN Accused of Inaction
May 24, 2017Even one attack on a health worker is one too many.In 2012, two Pakistani health workers were out vaccinating children against polio when they were both shot by extremists. One of them died.The other, shot in the leg, had 11 metal rods inserted into his leg and was hospitalized for three months.In November, I met this remarkable man named Latif (his surname is withheld to protect his security). He is now fully recovered and back to work on the polio vaccination campaign. He told me he never considered giving up.Pakistan reported only two cases of wild poliovirus in 2017  as of May 17 and Latif is dete...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

A Clean Bed, Anesthesia, and Other Small Comforts We Can Give Mali ’s Moms
May 23, 2017An assessment of health facilities found entire wards devoid of equipment and supplies. We can do better.Can you imagine walking into a hospital room, pregnant and scared, and seeing broken medical monitors, stained beds, and sticks being used as IV poles?For many women in rural Mali, this is a reality —and one of the only alternatives to suffering at home, away from the watchful eyes and skillful hands of trained health workers.In Mali, high fertility, low use of modern contraceptive methods, early marriage, and a tendency for women to give birth at home place an estimated 2,400 women per year at high ri...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Nurses and Stories Are a Powerful Combination
May 20, 2017In Uganda, one nurse is changing the face of nursing leadership. Meet Samalie.Samalie Kitooleko wants you to know that nurses are independent professionals who undergo years of education and do not simply take orders given by doctors. She should know. She ’s one of them.In fact, Samalie is “changing the face of nursing leadership in Uganda to one of a confident, critical thinker who takes initiative and leads by example.” Those are the words of her supervisor, Dr. Chris Longernecker.Samalie is also one of twelve women who will be honored tomorrow ahead of theWorld Health Assembly in Genev...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Through the Pharmacy Window
May 19, 2017Meet Elina Nantinda, one of a new generation of health workers who are turning the tide of Namibia ’s HIV epidemic.“When I was in grade 8, I was into two things: fashion and medicine,” says Elina Nantinda, a 25-year-old pharmacy assistant in rural Namibia. “So I decided to study hard. I thought, ‘It would be so nice to work with medicine and to know more about yourself and how medicine works in your body .’”Today she runs the pharmacy at Omuthiya District Hospital ’s HIV clinic in northern Namibia, dispensing antiretroviral medicines to a hundred clients per day, ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Health Workers Provide Care for Mothers Every Day
May 12, 2017Happy Mother ’s Day to moms—and the health workers who care for them—everywhere!It ’s 11:30 at night.Rakhi Rawat, an ASHA or community health worker in India, answers a call on her mobile. It ’s about Preeti, a pregnant woman she’s been caring for.Her condition is serious. She has pregnancy-induced hypertension. Her membranes have ruptured.Rakhi rushes to Preeti ’s home. She learns Preeti is planning to go to a specialty hospital in Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, India. But it’s a private hospital, and Preeti’s family can’t afford the costs...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Source Type: news

More Babies Tested, Treated, and Born HIV-Free in Namibia
May 11, 2017To end the country's HIV epidemic, new infections among children must be eliminated. This district is making it happen.Children are the most vulnerable members of our society.Be it from hunger or disease, the littlest and most innocent human beings should not suffer —because it is not their fault. It is never their fault. Their life and wellbeing depends on others.It is our responsibility and moral duty to do everything in our power to protect them from harm.The number of children born HIV-positive has dropped by over 90%.HIV can pass from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. B...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Nurses on the Front Line —Again
May 11, 2017If a new flu pandemic strikes, nurses are likely to be our first —and best—line of defense.Nurses constitute the largest proportion of the health workforce globally —by a large margin—and in many communities, they are the only health care providers available.In some places, nurses are also anaesthetists, or perform surgery, or head up entire clinics or hospitals, taking on these advanced roles to fill in the missing pieces of care in their communities. The boundaries of practice get pushed in response to need, often without formal recognition.  And yet there is a global shortage of ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

SwitchPoint: A Patient's Perspective
May 10, 2017" A conference like SwitchPoint could lead to a newfound global respect for my minority. "As a person who has been diagnosed with one of those “forever” conditions (cerebral palsy) since birth, I’ve spent a lot of time in places of healing.Wonderful people with expensive tools, technical terms, and fancy sheets of paper with words I hardly understand spend an awful lot of time frantically running around. With coats of white and scrubs of red and blue, they seem to blend together in my mind like a confused flag waving in the wind.As this past April came to a close, I was invited to an...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Failing Fast: Does It Apply to Health Care?
May 09, 2017When you're developing new ideas or tech, failure isn't  such a bad thing. But for health workers, it means something else.I had the good fortune of attending and presenting at the 2017  SwitchPoint  conference, organized by  Intrahealth International, in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. SwitchPoint brings together musicians, innovators, health practitioners, and a wider range of people working in global health and humanitarian response, for a few days of information sharing and soul searching.The event is highly produced  (while I was waiting to give my talk, the people upfront radioed backs...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Want to Talk about Family Planning? Reach Out to Your Local Mayor
May 08, 2017Advocacy efforts to improve access to and use of family planning must include local government officials.  “I can’t believe it’s so small!”I will never forget the reaction of one of the mayors in Rwanda during an advocacy workshop on family planning as we passed around a variety of modern contraceptive methods, inviting participants to open, touch, and feel them. It was his first experience holding an intrauterine device (IUD). He also had never touched a female condom or seen a contraceptive implant.Our project had designed a series of workshops including hands-on, tactile experien...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

To the Wise Women and Men of Midwifery: Thank You
May 05, 2017Midwifery is more than clinical services. It ’s a science and an art with deep history.If you ’ve ever been present for a baby’s birth, you know firsthand it’s a magical, transformative moment. With one final push (or surgical procedure), suddenly the number of sentient human beings in the room goes up.You also may know that the presence of someone else —ideally someone skilled and wise—is essential. So much could go wrong, and two lives depend on the mother’s hard and painful work. Her labor and delivery need guidance—and often intervention—by a clinical ex...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Why You Should Celebrate Your Health Worker Today
May 04, 2017Health workers are central to discussions on mental health —both as providers of treatment and care and as potential sufferers of depression brought about by work-related stress. As the world recently commemorated World Health Day, for me, it was a time to remember the times my health worker did everything possible to make me and my loved ones feel better.It is about time for us all to celebrate the amazing work of all health workers —specifically  mental health workers—who prevail and save lives despite the challenges they face while offering services.The theme of the day was&l...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

The Power of Storytelling: Unlocking Energy for Change
May 03, 2017What happens when frontline health workers team up with a professional storytelling coach? The results are unforgettable.Listening —that’s what I’m here to do at SwitchPoint,IntraHealth International ’s annual “unconference” hosted in rustic Saxapahaw, nestled along the Haw River in an arrestingly green North Carolina wood.Listening is what we ’re aiming for in our most recent undertaking with Medtronic Foundation, too. A few months ago, IntraHealth International and Medtronic Foundation recruited a handful of health workers from projects and locations across ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Health Workers and Facilities in 23 Conflict-Ridden Countries Attacked with Impunity in 2016
May 03, 2017 Washington, DCThe extent and intensity of violence against health workers globally remained alarmingly high in 2016, theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a new report today. The report also finds that accountability for committing these attacks remains inadequate or non-existent.The report, entitledImpunity Must End, documents attacks on health care in 23 countries. Its release today falls on the first anniversary of the UN Security Council ’s adoption of Resolution 2286 that set out a roadmap to the protection of health in conflict.The report calls on the Security Council and countries...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: cbales Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2017: Day 1
April 27, 2017A big question on people ’s minds today wasn’t “What are we doing for greater social good?” but “How can wekeepdoing it? ”Our world —you’ve probably noticed—is changing. Anxiety and uncertainty are all around us. And while there are more human beings today than ever before in history, somehow there’s more loneliness, too.But nobody was lonely today atSwitchPoint 2017.A sold-out crowd of over 300  humanitarians from across the globe all converged for day one of this annual conference in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, ready to talk about the latest&md...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2017: Day 2
April 28, 2017Be informed. Tell stories. Stick together. And other lessons on how to keep doing good from SwitchPoint 2017.Psst. Did you miss day 1 of SwitchPoint?Here's a recap.It feels good to get out, doesn ’t it?Not just out into the sunshine, though that ’s nice too. But reallyout. Out of the office, out of the confines of our everyday tasks, out into a space where it ’s easier to see just how our life’s work fits into and connects with the wider world.“I call this space the blur,” said research scientist, rapper, and fashion designerDavid Moinina Sengeh during his keynote talk toda...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Good Health Care for Africa Depends on Health Workers and Good Governance
April 25, 2017Countries need good health governance at all levels.  When he was just a little boy,my colleague Peter woke up in the middle of the night to hear his mother shouting for him. His baby sister was terribly ill, and Peter ’s mother needed him to run fetch the village nurse.He did —through the pitch-black darkness and the pouring rain.Their village in Kenya did not have electricity or cell phones at the time, but they knew they could count on nurse Winifred, because she was highly skilled, and always close by.This nurse ’s proximity to the people who needed her saved a baby’s life tha...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Guts, Collaboration, and Diversity Generate a Powerful Creative Force at SwitchPoint 2017
April 24, 2017April 27 and 28  is the sixth annual SwitchPoint conference, a global gathering of humanitarians. Here's what to expect.We've called itintentional serendipity, alchemy, partnership. The magic that happens at our annual SwitchPoint conference goes by a lot of names, but it ’s conjured by the people, ideas, creativity, and guts that come together there from across multiple disciplines, countries, cultures, and challenges.  This week, April 27 and 28, is the sixth annual SwitchPoint conference. It ’s a global gathering of the humanitarian-minded, be they inventors, entrepreneurs, policy-set...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Malaria Doesn ’t Stop This Nurse in Uganda
April 24, 2017Victoria treats a lot of malaria cases. Today, she's both nurse and patient.As a young girl in primary school, Nangobi Victoria admired the smart uniforms the nurses in her community wore. She could see herself in one.  As she completed her secondary education, Victoria began to consider nursing as a career. She liked the idea of delivering health services, of helping people in her community get well. So she enrolled in nursing school. She started as an enrolled nurse and later upgraded her training to become a nursing officer.Now she ’s the assistant in-charge at Busowobi Health Centre III, which ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

The Latest in Global Health, Tech, and Stories from the Front Lines of Health Care at SwitchPoint 2017
April 20, 2017 Chapel Hill, NCHundreds of global health experts, entrepreneurs, tech innovators, academics, artists, and frontline health workers from around the world will gather next week in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, to report on the latest in pioneering projects that improve lives, and to cultivate partnerships to further social good.  SwitchPoint 2017 takes place April 27 and 28. Sometickets are still available.This year ’s program brings frontline health workers to the main stage, where they will share what it’s really like on the front lines of care around the world—their struggles, their in...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Right Training Can Change Minds, Hearts, and HIV Services
April 19, 2017Health workers who understand those at greatest  risk of contracting HIV are more likely to reach them. How we are treated by health workers can determine our future health decisions and behaviors.Just think about the journey for those who live with HIV —from learning what HIV is and how it’s transmitted, to getting an HIV test, to, depending on the result, adopting lifelong changes in your everyday behaviors as part of your care and treatment.At every point in this journey, the information a client receives —and how and from whom—will influence whether they decide to seek he...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

4 Reasons to Teach the Sustainable Development Goals in Every Classroom
April 18, 2017Young people can help solve the world ’s biggest challenges.The United Nations ’ Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted in 2015, includes17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. Countries around the world have committed to taking action to meet these goals, such as ending hunger and poverty, creating sustainable cities and communities, and making health care available to all.There aremore than 50 million public school students in the United States, and more than three million full-time public school teachers. This collective group is a powerful force in creating positive ch...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

SwitchPoint: A Love Story
April 10, 2017SwitchPoint ignites the kind of magic that makes your heart beat, your toes tap, and your mind open.SwitchPoint, like most of my other love interests, swept me off my feet immediately.Now, no one got down on one knee when asking if I ’d like to be part of the team organizing the conference, but they did ask nicely, and of course I said “Yes!” I’d been admiring the wealth of humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology in our field since I started working with IntraHealth, but now was my chance to dance with the stars.I ’ve met so many amazing presenters over the years&m...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Advocacy to Honor Health Workers for the 5th Annual World Health Worker Week
April 07, 2017As organizers of this awareness week, we ’re often asked who we are and how we contribute.As Maria Valenzuela wound down her story, she held up a necklace with the pebbles from all of the low-income communities in Phoenix she serves, telling the spellbound Capitol Hill crowd she has taken those communities and their voices with her to Washington DC.Maria has been working as a community health worker for more than 20 years, and her story told at a Congressional Briefing on Wednesday illustrated the universality of impact that frontline health workers have, whether it be in her community in Phoenix or tho...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

WhatsApp Is a Lifeline for Nurses and Midwives in Remote Communities
April 05, 2017A popular social media tool is changing the way health workers practice —and saving lives.Allison Annette Foster was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with her family in Dallas when her phone chimed. Her cheer faded as a clinical emergency began to unfold in a string of text messages among a group of nurses eight time zones away.Mother here in labor. What should I do?It was the middle of the night in rural Zambia, and a 39-year-old pregnant woman had arrived at a local health post. A young nurse there was alone, as is often the case, and unsure of what to do. So he grabbed his phone and sent a message to nur...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

WhatsApp Is a Lifeline for Nurses in Remote Communities
April 05, 2017A popular social media tool is changing the way health workers practice —and saving lives.Allison Annette Foster was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with her family in Dallas when her phone chimed. Her cheer faded as a clinical emergency began to unfold in a string of text messages among a group of nurses eight time zones away.Mother here in labor. What should I do?It was the middle of the night in rural Zambia, and a 39-year-old pregnant woman had arrived at a local health post. A young nurse there was alone, as is often the case, and unsure of what to do. So he grabbed his phone and sent a message to nur...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How the Diplomatic Community Can Help Solve the Health Workforce Crisis
April 04, 2017Pape Gaye offers  five steps the diplomatic community can take to help more countries invest in health.A few months back, I was in the Dominican Republic, standing before a crowd of government officials, local  IntraHealth International staff members, and many others, as we talked about " ghost " workers.A few years earlier, IntraHealth had worked with the Ministry of Health there, as part of a USAID-funded project, to conduct a payroll analysis. This may sound humdrum, but what we found was quite striking: some 10,000 individuals who were no longer working for the ministry were in fa...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

17 Stories of Health Workers on the Front Lines of Care
April 03, 2017Health workers are real people, helping other real people. Their stories are complicated, frustrating, and inspiring.This is our favorite time of year.*It ’sWorld Health Worker Week, when all eyes are on the nurses, midwives, physicians, and other health workers we rely on throughout our lives.Well, notall eyes.Most people don ’t realize there’s a global shortage of18 million health workers on the way. Or that the 20 countries with the highest child mortality rates are also those with the most severe health worker shortages. Or that right now,70% of countries are unprepared to handle infecti...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Health Workers in Rural Tanzania Find a Connection in the Health Network Programme
March 29, 2017Our team traveled to the Lake Zone's remotest facilities to find out how users can get more from HNP.“As you can see, my boss and I are the only two health workers serving at this facility,” a nurse named Martha told us at a local dispensary in Tanzania’s remote Geita region.“I normally take charge of the facility in his absence,” she said. “It has always been a challenge reaching out to him for assistance in such moments. Due to lack of airtime credits, sometimes I just beep his number and wait for him to call back.”We talked with over 1,000 health workers like Marth...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Trump ’s Budget Would Set Back Global Health and Triangle Jobs
March 27, 2017In addition to affecting our safety, cuts to federal programs would ripple through our global health community here in North Carolina.This post originally appeared in theNews& Observer.President Trump ’s proposed budget would have a profound negative impact on the health of people around the world—including those in both our country and our state.The administration ’s proposed budget makes significant cuts to global health and development funding, including an 18% cut to the Health and Human Services budget, a 29% cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Develop...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

UNC Student Josie Caves Granted the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award
Under the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award, Josie Caves will contribute to the academic body of knowledge related to fatal intimate-partner violence. Photo courtesy of Josie Caves.March 23, 2017The 2017Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award has been granted to Josie Caves, a doctoral student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. The award will support Caves ’s research on the differing factors that contribute to intimate-partner violence that manifests as homicide as compared to homicide/suicide.IntraHealth Internat...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

For Midwives in Togo, Counseling Clients on Contraceptives Is Often a Balancing Act
March 22, 2017Voluntary informed choice  is personal and complicated.When Mrs. Iwu arrived at the maternity ward at Atapkame Regional Hospital in Togo, she was bleeding heavily —experiencing her second miscarriage. It may have been the result of multiple closely spaced pregnancies.At 43, Mrs. Iwu had seven children between the ages of 20 months and 10 years.Despite the risk that she might become pregnant again too soon, Mrs. Iwu left the health center without a contraceptive method.Culturally, she is expected to have children with the new husband or she will not be accepted in the family.“She did not want ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How Mobile Technology Is Transforming Lives in Rural India
March 21, 2017Women health workers in rural India  are using a mobile app to educate pregnant women about maternal and neonatal danger signs.This post originally appeared inTechCrunch.Deep in a rural village in India outside the city of Jhansi, children play on dirt roads where goats and cows roam. The humble and colorful homes have mud floors, and women collect drinking water from wells.All the sights and sounds are quintessential aspects of the region, with the exception of one feature —the use of smartphones to save lives. In this village, women healthcare workers, known as accredited social health activ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

At the Farmers' Fair, Growers Display Foods for a Healthier Tajikistan
March 17, 2017Health workers are reaching beyond their health facilities to educate  communities on the power of food and water.Food and water —can’t live without'em. They are two of the most basic necessities for a healthy life, and yet793 million people around the world remain undernourished and780 million people don ’t have access to clean drinking water.We ’re working to change that.IntraHealth International’sFeed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity (THNA) is helping health workers educate their communities about the power of food and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygie...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

International Aid Is More than Altruism
March 09, 2017Our free gift to unnamed strangers keeps us all safer and the world a bit more stable.Decades ago, Richard Titmuss, a renowned British sociologist, wrote a book calledThe Gift Relationship: From Blood to Social Policy, comparing blood transfusion services in Britain and the United States. He found that if donors were paid for their blood (as many in the US were at the time), there was a temptation for those who knew their blood was not safe for donation to give it anyway, leading to a less-safe stock of blood supplies that had cost more to produce.That conclusion alone led to much heated transatlantic debate....
Source: IntraHealth International - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

FUNZOKenya Helps Train 15,864 Health Workers, Improves Health Worker Education for the Long Haul
One of the over 9,330 students to receive low-interest loans through the Afya Elimu Fund. Photo by Georgina Goodwin for IntraHealth International.March 09, 2017Nearly 16,000 health workers in Kenya received updated training in HIV, maternal and child health, family planning, and other critical health areas, thanks to regional training hubs created byFUNZOKenya, a project funded by the US Agency for International Development and led byIntraHealth International.The training hubs demonstrated a 38% increase in cost-efficiency over typical trainings by shifting the venues away from expensive hotels and hosting them instead at ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Female-Dominated Health Sector Needs More Women
March 07, 2017It's time to provide women with more opportunities and support in the health sector.A lot has changed in health care since Peter Abwao grew up in a rural village in Kenya. Back then you couldn ’t use a cell phone to beckon a health worker in the middle of the night. There was no website a parent could consult about a child’s symptoms, and electricity in rural health facilities was exceedingly rare.But much remains the same since that night in 1986 when young Peter ran through darkness to rouse Winifred, the local nurse, to tend to his baby sister. Young boys are still afraid of the dark and growli...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

5 Women Who Are Using Robots, Data, Fashion, and Tech to Transform Global Development
March 07, 2017A bold new generation of women is guiding the future of global health and development. You ’ll meet some of them at SwitchPoint.During tough or uncertain times —and they certainly are that for global health and development these days—we like to look to our heroes.We ’re talking about those who rally under pressure. Who light their various corners of the world with hard work and noble objectives. Whose ideas are surprising and inspiring, even if they’re not widely known yet.Chief among our heroes are the women and men we ’ve invited to speak atSwitchPoint 2017. It ’s a...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

For One Health Worker, Childbirth Proved More Dangerous than Ebola
March 06, 2017Salome was one of 830 women around the world who died that day from problems related to childbirth.Liberian nursing assistant Salome Karwah was a woman, a sister, a wife. She also was a health worker and a survivor of Ebola who saved many lives during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in her country.She survived Ebola, but nearly three years later, she did not survive complications after childbirth.WhenTIME magazine chose to honor Ebola fighters as the “person of the year” in 2014, Salome ’s photo was on the cover. AtIntraHealth International, we felt gratified that health workers, and our missio...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

At One Namibian Hospital, Shorter Lines, Healthier Clients
March 02, 2017In remote northern Namibia, Onandjokwe Hospital is becoming a national model for bringing health care to people where they live.Just a few years ago, if you ’d visited northern Namibia’s Onandjokwe Hospital to, say, get a refill on your HIV meds, you’d have had to sit in line for an average of 8 or 9 hours.“You had to wait for your name to be called at reception, then to have your BMI measured, then to have blood drawn, then HIV counseling, and then wait up to five hours at the pharmacy,” says nurse Ruusa Shipena, the ART (antiretroviral therapies) supervisor at Onandjokwe’...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

One Family ’s Quiet Quest for Namibia’s HIV-Free Generation
March 01, 2017A community health worker ’s two daughters both share their mother’s air of calm, but only one shares her HIV status.It ’s delicate work, talking with clients who’ve stopped taking their HIV medicines, says Loide Iikuyu, a community health worker at Onandjokwe Hospital in remote northern Namibia.“I talk with them so peacefully,” she says. “You must talk, slowly by slowly, to find out what are the reasons they are defaulting on their medications.”Part of Loide ’s job is to seek out clients who, according to Onandjokwe Hospital’s records, have stopped ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Global Health Is an Investment We Can ’t Afford to Pass Up
February 27, 2017As a career physician, I've seen modern medicine rescue people from the brink of death. But major gaps remain.This column originallyappeared in STAT on February 22, 2017.Thanks to the help of a skilled health worker, a newborn finally takes its first breath in Uganda. A man living with HIV in Swaziland successfully suppresses the virus in his bloodstream. A car crash victim in Malawi receives the critical care he needs.More than at any time in history, good health for all is a real possibility. The technology, scientific advancement, and remarkable understanding of disease now available to the medical...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Five Investments Countries Can Make for Healthier People and Economies
February 23, 2017By pooling our resources and know-how, we can help solve the health workforce crisis —and build stronger economies.There is a crisis in our global health workforce. A looming shortage of18 million skilled workers stands between us and the promise of universal health coverage —and the economies it could help stimulate.But how do we recruit more smart, capable workers to this field around the world? How do we make the most of the health workers we have? And how can countries build the fit-for-purpose workforces they need to foster healthy, productive populations, which are a must for economi...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Winifred, a Health Worker On Call
February 13, 2017She was known simply asOmusirishi—“the one who treats”—in my village. She was known simply asOmusirishi—“the one who treats”—in my village.This was Winifred, the village nurse whose status was akin to that of a chief. She knew every corner of the village and was revered by everyone there and in neighboring villages. You would rarely find her in her home because most of her time was spent moving from house to house, attending to people with ailments ranging from malaria to cholera to burns to snake bites.My mother was not about to risk losing her youngest...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

This We Believe
February 10, 2017We atIntraHealth International believe that all people deserve access to the best health care possible.We believe that access to modern contraception and reproductive health services is the foundation for gender equality the world over.And we believe that supporting health workers who provide family planning services is among the most effective ways to save women ’s and children’s lives—and reduce poverty.    As an organization committed to strengthening access to health care, we ’re concerned about what’s in store for global health, especially family planning s...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

A Window onto the World of Social Science Research
February 07, 2017Social science and the future of health care go hand-in-hand, but it's an underappreciated partnership.We live in a moment when social science research is often misunderstood or even just absent from public-policy discussion (let alone conversation at most dinner tables). Although many people are engaged in investigating our world —backed by federal, foundation, or private funding—research results end up in peer-reviewed journals that are not widely circulated outside of professional research and academic circles.It ’s tragic that the innovative efforts social scientists make to study peo...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

7 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2017
January 24, 2017This year, our annual list from IntraHealth International is filled with abundant  uncertainty, and a cautious hope for progress.This post originally appeared onHumanosphere.In 2017 new developments, new leaders, and new threats promise to tug the reins of global health organizations and send us off in unexpected directions. In fact, we ’re already feeling the road change beneath us.This year,  IntraHealth International ’s annual list of global health issues to watch is filled with abundant uncertainty, and cautious hope for progress. These aren’t the only issues on our mind...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Technology to the Rescue: App Helps Health Workers in Uttarakhand Improve Efficiency
January 18, 2017In India, one state is vigorously testing how mSakhi can help frontline health workers better serve its most challenging district.As the election dates have just been declared for Uttarakhand along with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur, this is as good a time as any to shine a spotlight on an exciting initiative Uttarakhand has embarked on.A new state formed in 2000 (which is fairly young in the Indian federal scheme of things), and its challenges are unique. From limited revenue sources (tourism, its mainstay, has taken a hit since the 2013 flash floods; hence it is dependent on central assistance m...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news