These New Pediatric Development Clinics in Rwanda Save Lives
By D éogratias Rwangabo Nkurunziza, Communication Officer ; Richard Kalisa, Newborn and child health advisor A PDC nurse examines baby Sebastien at Ruhengeri Referral Hospital. Photo by Deogratias Rwangabo Nkurunziza for IntraHealth International.January 31, 2023The birth of a baby is often a joyous, momentous occasion. For Izabayo Marcel, however, August 2021 was a heartbreaking month. His wife died while giving birth to their baby, Sebastien Duhirwe, and Sebastien suffered from birth asphyxia, which left him fighting for his life.The doctors and nurses at the Ruhengeri Referral Hospital acted quickly—and t...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 31, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Health workforce development Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

Four Steps toward a Stronger African Health Workforce in 2030 and Beyond
By Onikepe Owolabi , Senior global technical director for family planning and maternal, newborn, and child health ; Esther Tumbare, Senior global technical director for HIV Nicodemas Ondies, medical lab officer at Tudor Subcounty Hospital in Mombasa County, Kenya takes samples from a client. Photo by Edwin Joe for IntraHealth International.December 20, 2022As 2022 ends, the world is reflecting on and trying to recover from the third year of an ongoing pandemic. The road to recovery is long and made even more difficult by the massive shortage of what drives health systems: the health worker.Last week, this shortage ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Health workforce development Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

IntraHealth Welcomes Philippe Guinot as Chief Technical Officer
January 09, 2023IntraHealth International is happy to welcome Philippe Guinot as our new chief technical officer, beginning January 9, 2023.As a member of the executive team, Guinot will provide visionary leadership in shaping IntraHealth’s technical agenda, driving new business based on technical priorities, and ensuring the quality of IntraHealth’s technical products and services. He brings 30 years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors.“I’m thrilled to welcome Philippe to IntraHealth,” saysPolly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and CEO.“He brings deep expertise...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

New COVID-19 Trackers in South Sudan Will Help Manage the Next Disease Outbreak
By Acaga Taban Ismail, Former strategic information manager, IntraHealth InternationalDecember 14, 2022South Sudan has experienced numerous disease outbreaks before and after its independence in 2011, which have ranged from mild to severe. The South Sudan Ministry of Health continues to face several challenges managing and providing timely responses to emerging health threats.An underlying reason for this is the country’s shortage of health workers at the national and subnational levels. This is compounded by an untrained health workforce and a lack of data for informed decision-making. Many health workers don&rsqu...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 14, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Digital Health Global health security Source Type: news

We Aren ’t Paying Enough Attention to the Health Workforce
By Janet Muriuki, Senior director of health workforce development (interim) Nursing staff gather at the beginning of the day at the Jinja Regional Referral Hospital in Jinja, Uganda. IntraHealth ' s programs have helped increase funding for human resources for health in Uganda and add thousands of health workers to the workforce. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International.December 09, 2022In June 2021, Dr. Lydia Kanyoro, a postgraduate student in pediatric medicine, committed suicide in her car outside the largest hospital in Kenya. She was one of so many medical staff who have suffered from depression an...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 9, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Health workforce development Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Prioritize Health Workers at the US-Africa Leaders Summit
By Community Health Impact Coalition, Nonprofit organization Community health supervisor Karana Weefar coaches community health workers Laura Gbee and Peter Zeo on how to count a young girl ' s respiration rate. Photo by Rachel Larson for Last Mile Health.December 08, 2022The US-Africa Leaders Summit taking place next week presents a momentous opportunity for the Biden-Harris Administration to move from vision to action on its ambitious and long-overdue Global Health Workforce Initiative while simultaneously bolstering Africa-led workforce initiatives.The Summit will include high-level dialogue with African...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 8, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Health Workers Source Type: news

These Adapted Approaches Are Helping Improve HIV Care during COVID-19 in South Sudan
December 08, 2022After COVID-19 began to spread, IntraHealth International used two strategies to improve HIV services in South Sudan. The strategies achieved great success and IntraHealth is transitioned them to South Sudan’s Ministry of Health for implementation across the country.In collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP), IntraHealth used the Incident Management System and Granular Site Management strategies, which fostered teamwork and built data analysis and problem-solving skills among health workers.By l...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan Strengthening National Capacity for Integrated HIV/AIDS Health Data Collection, Use, and Dissemination in Support of an Evidence-based Response in South Sudan & COVID-19 Source Type: news

Couples Who Get Tested for HIV Stay Informed —Together
By Gladys Achan, Communications Officer A health worker provides HIV pretest counseling and teaches the couple how to use male and female condoms at the Kimu Primary Health Care Center in Juba. Photo by Gladys Achan for IntraHealth International.December 05, 2022Ladu, a 33-year-old resident of Juba, South Sudan, was hesitant to get tested for HIV. His mother had encouraged him and his fiancé to get tested, but he was wary of a possible HIV-positive test result.In July 2022, he visited the Kimu Primary Health Care Center to learn more about voluntary HIV counseling and testing. After talking to the health worke...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS World AIDS Day Health Workers Source Type: news

Couples Who Get Tested for HIV Stay Informed —Together
A health worker provides HIV pre-test counseling and teaches the couple how to use male and female condoms at the Kimu Primary Health Care Center in Juba. Photo by Gladys Achan for IntraHealth International.December 05, 2022Ladu, a 33-year-old resident of Juba, South Sudan, was hesitant to get tested for HIV. His mother had encouraged him and his fiancé to get tested, but he was wary of a possible HIV-positive test result.In July 2022, he visited the Kimu Primary Health Care Center to learn more about voluntary HIV counseling and testing. After talking to the health worker at the facility, he felt reassured. He deci...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

Community Health Worker, Advocate, and Now Heroine of Health
By Margaret Odera, Community Health Worker and Mentor MotherDecember 02, 2022We’re thrilled that our friend and colleague, community health worker Margaret Odera of Kenya, was named a2022 Heroine of Health by Women in Global Health. Check out her acceptance speech from the 2022 World Health Summit below.– The IntraHealth editorial teamI ' m so excited and feel much honored to be among the Heroines of Health 2022.This is an indication that nobody is limited to succeed. Many times women have hidden themselves in cocoons because, to them, it was normal to work with very little or no pay at all. I find it unaccep...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 2, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS World AIDS Day Health Workers Source Type: news

HIV Epidemic Control Is Close —But Can We Sustain it?
By Esther Tumbare, Senior global technical director for HIV ; Olive Apok, Cluster Technical Manager A health worker explains medication for a client at an HIV clinic at Escuintla Regional Hospital. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.November 30, 2022This summer, we celebrated Botswana for being the first country in Africa with a high HIV burden to attain theUNAIDS 95/95/95 targets for 2030. PEPFAR also announced that at least 12 African countries have reached the 2020 90/90/90 targets.Considering there was a time when many thought Africans were incapable of adhering to antiretroviral treatment, these...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 30, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS World AIDS Day Source Type: news

New Digital Health Tools Lead to Better Services, Stronger Data, and Cost Savings in Uganda
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International Health facility teams working on GIS maps together. Photo by Irene Mirembe for IntraHealth International.November 09, 2022We know that digital resources contribute to better quality, accessibility, and sustainability of health services and health outcomes. They’re a cornerstone of high-quality health care.In Uganda, IntraHealth International’sRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) Activity fosters an environment that allows for new digital tools and innovations across the eastern region of ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 9, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

South Sudan's Health Workforce Is Better Equipped than Ever, Thanks to Investments in Strategic Information
November 03, 2022 Juba, South SudanFor ten years, IntraHealth International’sStrengthening National Capacity for Integrated HIV/AIDS Health Data Collection, Use, and Dissemination in Support of Evidence Based Response project in South Sudan has helped transform the Ministry of Health’s data, policies, surveillance, reporting, and strategic plans. The results: a better-equipped health workforce and stronger health systems for South Sudan.IntraHealth has been working in South Sudan since 2006 and began to focus on strategic information in 2012 with theStrengthening Systems, Capacity& Data Collection with a ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan Strengthening Systems, Capacity & Data Collection with a Focus on Strategic Information in South Sudan HIV AIDS COVID-19 Digital Health Health workforce development Global health security Management and Performance Health Source Type: news

What Do Health Workers in Uganda Need to End the Current Ebola Outbreak?
By Tracy Kobukindo , Nurse and advocate ; David Bryden, Director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and senior policy and advocacy advisor at IntraHealth International Tracy Kobukindo is a registered nurse and advocate in Uganda. She also serves as a Frontline Health Workers Coalition Regional Advisor, helping to guide the Coalition ’s advocacy messages and policy recommendations. Photo by Tracy Kobukindo.November 03, 2022Health workers in Uganda are now at the forefront of responding to another serious infectious disease. Last month the country declared an Ebola outbreak, caused by the Sudan species of th...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Health Workers Nurses Source Type: news

In Eastern Uganda, One District ’s COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness and Response Strategies Exceeded Expectations
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth InternationalOctober 24, 2022Uganda is working hard to prevent COVID-19 by encouraging its citizens to get vaccinated. Today, the country’s cumulative positive cases areover 170,000, including 3,600+ deaths and over 100,000 recoveries. While Uganda has sustained a low COVID-19 transmission rate at 2%, not all of its eligible population is fully vaccinated, and the Ministry of Health is trying to change that.One district in Uganda, the Bududa District, took advantage of Uganda’s vaccination efforts to make sure its key populations received jabs, ...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 24, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Community Health Health Workers Source Type: news