New Chair of Frontline Health Workers Coalition Encourages Focus on Women ’s Empowerment, Economic Growth
March 19, 2019Kate Greene of Abt Associates is the newest chair of theFrontline Health Workers Coalition’s member-led steering committee.IntraHealth International has led the coalition ’s secretariat since 2012.Greene, a health workforce specialist with a strong history of policy and advocacy work, will build on the coalition ’s years of work to urge greater and more strategic US investment in frontline health workers around the world and solidify global policies that support these workers to provide high-quality health services to every community.“We are now seeing the importance of frontline healt...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Training, Mentorship, and Repurposed Equipment Expand Family Planning Use in Tanzania
March 18, 2019By repurposing unused surplus medical equipment, health facilities in Tanzania have addressed a crucial shortage of health workers who are certified to provide intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) to clients in 22 districts throughout the country.As part of theTanzania Family Planning Outreach program, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development,IntraHealth International trained 300 public-sector health workers to deliver long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in 165 health facilities in 22 districts during 2014 –2016. But during follow-up sessions of mentorship and su...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tanzania Tanzania Family Planning Outreach Education & Performance Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

IntraHealth Congressional Testimony Today to Urge Greater Investment in Frontline Health Workers Worldwide
March 12, 2019 Washington, D.C.IntraHealth International ’s senior advocacy and policy advisor, Vince Blaser, will deliver testimony to the US Congress today on the urgent need for greater focus on and investment in strengthening the frontline health workforce in communities with the least access around the world—an intervention critical to maximizing the impact of US global health appropriations.Blaser will urge the House Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee to adopt the Global Health Council ’s evidence-based FY 2020 recommendations of $7.05 billion for global he...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

SwitchPoint Event in Rwanda Highlights Data, Activism, and Unusual Collaborations
March 08, 2019 Kigali, RwandaSwitchPoint ’s special session this week at theAfrica Health Agenda International Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, connected participants to artists, activists, and global health professionals from diverse fields who are expanding the definition of health and working to make universal health coverage a reality.The interactive conference side session, hosted byIntraHealth International, drew on the structure of the annualSwitchPoint conference, introducing attendees first to dynamic presenters before breaking into smaller groups that focused on the roles of data, advocacy, and art in findin...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Rwanda Community Engagement Technology Advocacy SwitchPoint Source Type: news

3 Cases for Optimism at SwitchPoint and Beyond
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMarch 07, 2019Meet three of the wonder women who will rock the SwitchPoint stage next month.  When bad news gets us down, we look for the beacons of progress and ingenuity that may not make the front page —because we know none of us can solve our big global challenges alone. And these powerful women in development are just the beacons we were looking for. They ’re making strides in advocacy, aid delivery, and reproductive health. And they’ll all be speaking at IntraHealth International’s 2019SwitchPoint conference.Meet three of the intrepid...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

For Women and Children in Rural Tajikistan, Health Volunteers Are a Crucial Link to Care
By Khosiyatkhon Komilova, Communications specialistMarch 07, 2019They're retirees, health workers, mothers-in-law, and more —and they're perfectly positioned to find the families most in need.Momakhol Bobokalonova ’s father forbade her to study past the seventh grade.“Tajik mentality does not encourage girls to study,” she says. “But activism and communication skills have always been in me. When I was asked to become a volunteer with the Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity, I was already 60 years old—no one could stop me.”Momakhol is one of about 2,000 volunt...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement International Women ' s Day Gender Equality Primary Health Care Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Four Women behind Tanzania ’s Fight to End AIDS
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth InternationalMarch 05, 2019They're working to prevent HIV in two of the country ’s hardest-to-reach areas.They are wives. Mothers. Frontline health workers. As advocates, decision-makers, educators, and providers, women in Tanzania are working to end the epidemic in their country.SoIntraHealth International is working with women at all levels through itsToharaPlus project  to help end the spread of HIV and reach the UNAIDS 90/90/90 goals, including through voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).About1.4 million Tanzanians are liv...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tohara Plus HIV & AIDS International Women ' s Day Gender Equality Youth Community Health Workers Nurses Tanzania Source Type: news

This Nigerien Med Student Has a Plan to Tackle Family Planning Taboo
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 28, 2019Mariama Abdou Gado is working with young religious leaders to revolutionize sex  ed in Niger.en fran çaisMariama Abdou Gado is fearless when it comes to tackling the taboos and social norms that prevent young Nigeriens like her from learning about their sexual and reproductive health.She ’s 21 years old, a medical student, and not afraid to talk about sex, pregnancy, or contraception with anyone.“Young people represent almost 70% of the population in Niger,” Mariama says. “Should...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal and Newborn Health Policy Advocacy International Conference on Family Planning Gender Equality Youth Niger Source Type: news

Michele Broemmelsiek Joins IntraHealth ’s Executive Team
February 28, 2019 Chapel Hill, NCIntraHealth International welcomedMichele Broemmelsiek to its executive team this week.As the new chief program officer and head of the Center for Program Delivery and Learning, she is responsible for overall program delivery at IntraHealth and providing visionary leadership to shape, guide, and implement our programmatic agenda.“One of the things that drew me to IntraHealth is its commitment to designing an organizational structure that’s agile and prepared for change in our field,” Broemmelsiek says. “This structure means we’ll be able to do better programm...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

New Health Worker Cadre Expands HIV Services in Migori County, Kenya
February 26, 2019Government officials in Migori County, Kenya, have officially recognized 188 HIV testing service (HTS) counselors as a distinct cadre of health worker, meaning that they warrant a dedicated scheme of service like those for other health workers who are engaged in the fight to end the AIDS epidemic. Their decision was prompted by data from the IntraHealth International-developed iHRIS Manage software.Migori County is situated in a region with one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in Kenya and Africa —13.3%, according to the National Aids Control Council 2018. The county has stepped up its efforts to ...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Kenya Human Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya Program HRIS Human Resources Management Source Type: news

In Afghanistan, Women Step Up to Fill Need for Frontline Health Workers
By Mare Elston, Technical services manager, USAID Promote: Women in the Economy programFebruary 22, 2019Female clients often want care from female health workers, but they're in short supply.Communities across Afghanistan —especially the dispersed populations in rural areas—have long endured a lack of basic health services due to low numbers of trained health workers and chronic security issues. But this situation is improving.Today, a program to bolster women ’s inclusion in Afghanistan’s mainstream economy is also serving to fill high-priority needs in maternal and infant care, vaccination, skil...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Human Resources Management Gender Equality Health Workforce Systems Afghanistan Source Type: news

iHRIS Software Powers New Registry of Clinical Volunteers for Medical Missions
February 19, 2019TheG4 Alliance and the US Section of theInternational College of Surgeons (ICS) have launched a new registry to connect medical volunteers to international medical missions. IntraHealth International developed theSOTA Registry (which stands for surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia) using our open sourceiHRIS software.The SOTA Registry will serve as a hub for information on clinical volunteers from the surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia communities who are interested in short-term assignments in low- and middle-income countries. IntraHealth maintains the registry in a cloud-based environment...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health HRIS Source Type: news

School Gardens and Peer Educators Improve Nutrition in Rural Tajikistan
By Khosiyatkhon Komilova, Communications specialistFebruary 13, 2019These students are learning about soil management, crop rotation, safe drinking water, and much more.As part of their vocational training, high school students in rural southwestern Tajikistan usually work in the school garden. This year, however, students learned more than how to grow vegetables and take care of fruit trees: they learned about the basics of nutrition and are now sharing that information with their classmates.Along with topics like soil management and crop rotation, now students also learn about safe drinking water, sanitation and hygien...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity Youth Source Type: news

AU Leaders: Domestic Resource Mobilization, Smart Partnerships Form Bedrock of Universal Health Coverage
By Ummuro Adano, Regional Director, East AfricaFebruary 12, 2019To get better health and economic results, African leaders say, let's work together as a continent.The global landscape of development assistance for health is rapidly changing: donor funding has plateaued, and many middle-income countries in Africa have either transitioned or are rapidly transitioning toward self-sufficiency and an end to financial backing from external donor organizations —a process that has also been called “graduation” from donor assistance.Domestic resource mobilization, smart partnership with the private sector, and e...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy Private-Sector Approaches Health Financing Health Workforce Systems Primary Health Care Ethiopia Source Type: news

New Project in Zambia Will Combat Gender-Based Violence, Expand Services for Survivors
February 11, 2019In Zambia, IntraHealth International and our partners are working to end gender-based violence (GBV) and prevent the spread of HIV by promoting gender equity and human rights as part of a new $17 million, five-yearproject funded by the United States Agency for International Development. An additional $10 million may be used to pursue new opportunities to address GBV for up to five more years.IntraHealth will work with lead partner Zambia Center for Communication Programmes and others to bolster access to services for survivors of GBV and support laws and policies that protect and advance equality among men...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Zambia USAID Stop Gender-Based Violence (USAID Stop GBV) HIV & AIDS Gender Equality Quality of Care Source Type: news

Early Termination of West Bank Project Affects 120,000+ Clients and 100,000+ Health Workers
February 08, 2019IntraHealth International ’sPalestinian Health Capacity Project shut down its activities on January 31 —eight months before the project was scheduled to end—due to a request by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in response to the newAnti-Terrorism Clarification Act.This early termination will affect more than 120,000 clients who seek specialized medical care outside the West Bank and thousands of West Bank health workers who had been benefiting from the project ’s preservice and continuing education and digital health improvements.Since 2013, IntraHealth led this f...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: West Bank Palestinian Health Capacity Project Technology Policy & Advocacy Health Financing Health Workforce Systems Health in Conflict Source Type: news

Leadership Program for Frontline Nurses Aims to Advance Universal Health Coverage in Zambia
January 25, 2019Nurses heading community health facilities in Zambia improved their capacity to lead frontline teams to achieve high-quality services and advance universal health coverage through a 12-month blended learning program designed with technical contributions from IntraHealth International. Results from the initial application of the program were published in the December issue ofGlobal Health: Science and Practice.In Zambia, nurses and nurse-midwives lead more than half of rural facilities and guide primary health care delivery, including managing community health workers. Based on an assessment, the Ministry of...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Zambia Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C) Human Resources Management Management and Performance Nurses Source Type: news

We Must Keep Maternal Health Front and Center of the UHC Conversation
By Pape Amadou Gaye, Chief Executive Officer ; Devex ContributorsJanuary 11, 2019We stand at a critical inflection point in the fight to end preventable maternal mortality.This piece originally appeared onDevex.The Lancet recently  reported that if high-quality health systems were in place in 137 low- and middle-income countries, maternal deaths would decline by half.So, how do we get there? How do we ensure that every woman has access to quality health care before, during, and after childbirth; that she and her newborn are not made to suffer from a preventable and treatable maternal health complication; that s...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Source Type: news

Fatimata Sy on Partnering to Expand Access to Contraceptives
By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy  talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family pla...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2019
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalJanuary 16, 2019From food security to the future of PEPFAR, here are some of the trends we ’ll be watching closely in the year ahead.Natural disasters, lingering wars, bourgeoning epidemics —2018’s headlines revealed a lot about the sheer volume of our human need. And in one way or another, each of those needs has an impact on our health and well-being.Here are just a few of the big global health issues that we atIntraHealth International will be watching and responding to in the coming year. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: ihadmin Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Noncommunicable Diseases Nutrition Digital Health Primary Health Care Nurses Source Type: news

Why Should Postabortion Care Be Youth-Friendly?
By Mallory Michalak, 2018 UNC-IntraHealth Summer FellowJanuary 09, 2019Midwife Tembi Mugore answers four questions about bias, shame, and what it takes to overcome them in health services for young people.At least 8% of maternal deaths worldwideare from unsafe abortions. And almost all abortion-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries,mostly in Africa.“But there is a stigma attached to unsafe abortion, and because of that there is a bias against clients,” saysIntraHealth International midwife and public health professional Stembile Mugore. That bias prevents many clients —particularly yo...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Evidence to Action (E2A) Project Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Education Performance Advocacy Quality of Care Youth Midwives Togo Source Type: news

New Study Offers Recommendations to End Abusive Maternity Care in Namibia
This study gave nurses a voice, too.”Health worker focus groups recommended action at various levels, including:  Acknowledgement of society ’s role in the creation of a supportive environment, and positive feedback and publicity to recognize health workers’ hard work Collaborative effort to identify common needs between clients and health workers paired with collective interventions to address these needsBetter preservice training, including on client-centered care and ethicsEstablishment of a code of conduct and accountability mechanismsFurther dissemination and community education about clien...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Namibia Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Health Workers Source Type: news

Ouagadougou Partnership Countries on Track to Meet 2020 Family Planning Goals
December 19, 2018At the 7th annual meeting of theOuagadougou Partnership last week, about 350 delegates from more than a dozen countries came together to celebrate the partnership ’s successes and progress toward its goals, including reaching 2.2 million more people in nine francophone West African countries with modern family planning methods by 2020.The Ouagadougou Partnership is a coalition of government officials, religious leaders, civil society members, and youth representatives from nine countries —Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—wo...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

The Roadblocks to Universal Health Coverage and How NGOs Can Help Remove Them
By Pape Amadou Gaye, Chief Executive OfficerDecember 18, 2018There are two big things holding us back.en fran çaisWhy haven ’t we achieved health for all yet? Forty years ago, the global health community committed to achieving primary health care for all by 2000. But today, about half of the world ’s population still does not have full access to essential health services.Could public-private partnerships finally get us there? Last month at the Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS) in Johannesburg, an annual event we helped sponsor, hundreds of health ministers, government official...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy Private-Sector Approaches health financing Primary Health Care Source Type: news

Top 12 Global Health Moments of 2018
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalDecember 14, 2018A month-by-month guide to the moments that captivated us most throughout the year.As 2018 comes to an end, we ’re looking back on the moments this year that filled us with joy, wonder, sorrow, and fear.These are some of the ones we won ’t forget:January: A mother and daughter assassinated in Pakistan for delivering polio vaccinesThis was the year we were supposed to eradicate polio, according to thePolio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 –2018. But there were27 new cases of wild poliovirus this year and it remains endemic in Afgh...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Family Planning & Reproductive Health Infectious Diseases Ebola obstetric fistula technology Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Primary Health Care Source Type: news

Primary Health Care Data Is Key to Attaining Universal Health Coverage
By Allyson English, Senior program associate, Results for Development ; Laurel Hatt, Program director, Results for DevelopmentDecember 12, 2018A new report reveals how better information leads to better care.Read the full report:  Measuring What Matters: Case Studies on Data Innovations for Strengthening Primary Health Care  The idea that primary health care is the foundation of strong, equitable health systems is not new. In October, health funders, policymakers, and practitioners came together in  Astana, Kazakhstan,  to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration and reaf...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Expanding the Informed Push Model for Family Planning in Senegal (Yeksi Naa) Digital Health Measurement & Analytics advocacy Universal Health Coverage Day Primary Health Care Source Type: news

Picture It: #KnowYourStatus: A VMMC Clinic Visit
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Source: IntraHealth International - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Health System in Haiti Takes Key Step by Launching National Tuberculosis Tracker
By Atwood Raphael, Deputy chief of party, USAID/Haiti Strategic Health Information System ProgramDecember 17, 2018Newly digitized data will help  the government address the disease, decide where to invest in clinics and staff, and more.Haiti ’s government this year launched a national electronic platform for reporting and tracking tuberculosis (TB), a key step in its efforts to capture, monitor, and report all patient-level data across the country.Information on cases of TB —a contagious and often deadly disease plaguing the Caribbean nation—is being prepared for aggregation into the System d&rsquo...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tuberculosis Haiti Source Type: news

Zambia Pilot Demonstrates How to Save Lives, Scale Relief for Children Suffering from Malaria
ByCathy Green Senior technical adviser for community engagement, MAMaZ Against Malaria,Paula Quigley Technical lead, DAI Global HealthDecember 04, 2018The secret: motivated, well-trained community health volunteers.Thousands of infants and children in rural Zambia suffer or die unnecessarily from malaria each year because they lack access to high-quality medicines and proper medical care. But a recent pilot program shows how trained local volunteers administering crucial medicine can keep a child well enough to be transported to a health care facility for further, potentially lifesaving treatment.With technical and finan...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

3 Ways to End the Global HIV Epidemic —Locally
November 29, 2018It won ’t happen from an office or a conference room. It’ll happen on the front lines.If ever there was a day we wish didn ’t need commemorating, it’s World AIDS Day.We wish the virus had never made the jump from chimps to humans, morphing from simian immunodeficiency virus to HIV and altering the course of history in the process. We wish it hadn ’t orphaned countless children or infected them before they were even born. We wish it had never killed 39 million people and that there was no reason at all to mark December 1 this way, as we have for the past 30 years.Fortunately, w...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Would His HIV Status Get Him Fired?
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Source: IntraHealth International - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Picture It: Would his HIV status get him fired?
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Source: IntraHealth International - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Picture It: From Survivor to Champion
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Source: IntraHealth International - November 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Getting to Zero: Lessons on Ebola and Global Health Security
November 20, 2018We sat down with  Oliver Johnson to find out how West Africa's 2014  outbreak is informing DRC's today.As news from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)worsens, how can the lessons from the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak help?I sat down with Dr. Oliver Johnson, coauthor ofGetting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline, who worked on the frontlines of the West Africa outbreak, to find out. He stressed that while we ’ve learned a lot about Ebola, most of it has involved technical aspects, such as themedical innovations and treatm...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Our Health Systems Aren ’t Ready for the Rising Demand for Mental Health Services
November 19, 2018Need is growing by the hour.The stomachache started soon after she gave birth to her last child, and it didn ’t stop for years. When she finally made her way to a hospital, the doctors performed a hysterectomy—but it didn’t go well. A day later, she realized she was leaking urine.“I told them something wasn’t right,” the woman tells us. “But they told me everything was fine and that I needed to go home.”The woman says all this in a monotone as we sit under a tree outside the hospital.The surgery had caused an obstetric fistula, which persisted over the next f...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Stronger Referral Systems Are Saving Lives in Senegal
November 14, 2018Communities in two regions can now transport urgent cases from health huts to larger facilities —and more are following suit.en fran çaisImagine you are a mother in a remote village and your one-year-old daughter is diagnosed with severe malaria. If left untreated, it will kill her.  Imagine that the nurse at the nearest health post tells you he doesn ’t have the medicine necessary to help your daughter.Imagine there is no ambulance, no safety net, and no way for you to get her the urgent help she needs, leaving you with one unimaginable option —watching her die. In Seneg...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

In Botswana, a Stronger Workforce Means Better Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
November 12, 2018Social service  workers face heavy caseloads, big expectations, and even suspicion from their communities.IntraHealth International has joined the Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the SDGs.This call is close to our hearts, because  our mission—which is to improve the performance of health workers and strengthen the systems in which they work—includes social service workers, from government-employed social workers to trained community case workers or volunteers on child-protection committees. They play a key role in ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: This Is Selma ’s Story
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Source: IntraHealth International - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Safety for Frontline Health Workers Paramount to Ebola Response and Global Health Security
November 09, 2018The threat in DRC may no longer be containable and could become endemic.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield came to Capitol Hill in Washington Monday with an ominous warning:The current Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now so serious that it might not be containable and could become endemic.TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) reports this week that there are now 300 cases of the virus and 186 deaths since the outbreak was declared four months ago. Twenty-seven health workers have been infected and three have died.Key to ending the ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Can the Astana Declaration Be a Turning Point to Finally Ensuring Primary Health Care for All?
November 02, 2018These three factors will be critical.Fellow delegates to last week ’s ​Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, have flown home to an awesome yet daunting challenge: 40 years after the landmark Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 declaring health as a human right, how can we finally make the declaration’s vision of primary health care (PHC) for all a reality?The monumental 1978 conference in Alma-Ata, USSR  (now Almaty, Kazakhstan), pronounced for the first time global agreement that health is a “fundamental human right” and called for “ur...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Picture It: Changing the Way She Does Business
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Source: IntraHealth International - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

IntraHealth Welcomes Dai Hozumi to Executive Team
November 01, 2018Dai Hozumi has joinedIntraHealth International ’s executive team as chief technical officer and leader of IntraHealth ’s Center for Technical Excellence.In this new role, Hozumi will provide visionary leadership to shape, guide, and implement IntraHealth's technical agenda. He will also focus on driving new business and ensuring the quality of our technical products and services as IntraHealth forges new paths within a rapidly evolving global health and development landscape.Hozumi has over 20 years of experience in strategy development and execution, including extensive experience managing com...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Let ’s Talk about Health Workers’ Feelings
October 30, 2018Conversations between health workers and members of key populations can transform the health care experience for both.It is easy to forget that doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are just like everyone else. They even have feelings.At a recent Health4All training, a social worker in Suriname explained, “Health workers say that they don’t want to put aside their upbringing or values, and they don’t want to say ‘ma’am’ when you are a biological man. They say, ‘If you have a name like Trixie, I will call you Trixie, but I will not call you ma’am....
Source: IntraHealth International - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

On the Ground with Tanzania's National Test and Treat Campaign
October 29, 2018To make HIV services available to more Tanzanians, we go where the clients go.“I am waiting for my younger brother to take me home,” Jagad Mabula tells me.He has just received an HIV test and circumcision services at Tinde Health Centre in Tanzania ’s Shinyanga Region and is now sitting on a bench as he waits.Jagad, 24, spent about three hours riding a bicycle from Mwamanyuda village —where he lives with his wife and two children—to this facility to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The procedure will reduce his risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual inter...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

She Fights TB and HIV Door-to-Door on this Tanzanian Island
October 25, 2018Community health workers like Nanzula link their neighbors to the essential primary health services they need.In 2003, Nanzula Jagaja ’s husband died and left her as the sole provider for their four children.“A few years after his death, a Lutheran church mission came here educating widows on HIV and tuberculosis,” she says. “Only then did I realize my husband had died from TB.”Today Nanzula is certified as a community home-based care provider on HIV and TB and goes house-to-house, making sure those in her village know about the risks and symptoms and linking them to formal hea...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

10 Transformative Trends in Digital Health
October 24, 2018These issues are shaping the near future of international development.Established digital health trends are already reshaping health care systems around the world in new and amazing ways. For example, the widespread adoption of mobile phones and the increasing usage of smartphones, combined with increasing Internet access and searchable online information services, have created what some call a doctor in every pocket.Even in rural Uganda, a patient can confirm her provider ’s authenticy with a text message, and a community health worker can use Google to learn symptoms and treatments.But what ’s...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

A Day in the Life of a New York City Community Health Worker
October 23, 2018Rosaura guides her clients through a challenging health system during the most vulnerable moments in their lives.Last week I shadowed Rosaura Polanco, a community health worker in the South Bronx in New York City, where she provides underserved women with health education and essential health services. Having only seen examples of community health workers operating in sub-Saharan Africa, I asked Rosaura what unites them around the world, despite their differing roles and contexts.“Empathy,” she replied. “I practice empathy, for everything, all the time.”Rosaura works forGrameen Prima...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Hiding Outside the Spotlight: Don't Miss the Real Impact of Your Development Efforts
October 17, 2018As researchers, we're often tempted to track data that are easy to capture —rather than searching for what we really need to know.A police officer sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks, “What have you lost?”“My keys,” the drunk man says, and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes, the officer asks if he is sure he lost the keys here, and the man replies, “No, I lost them in the dark alley across the street.” The officer asks why he is searching here, and the drunk ma n replies, " This is where the ligh...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Streetlight Effect Is Hiding the Real Impact of Our Development Programs
October 17, 2018As researchers, we're often tempted to track data that are easy to capture —rather than searching for what we really need to know.A police officer sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks, “What have you lost?”“My keys,” the drunk man says, and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes, the officer asks if he is sure he lost the keys here, and the man replies, “No, I lost them in the dark alley across the street.” The officer asks why he is searching here, and the drunk ma n replies, " This is where the ligh...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news