Young Advocates, Political Will Drive Progress on Family Planning in Francophone West Africa
December 05, 2019Countries throughout francophone West Africa are celebrating progress in family planning this week at the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP)annual meeting in Cotonou, Benin, where the theme isWe Demand More: Youth and Social Behavior Change.In 2015, the nine OP countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—exceeded their initial goal of reaching one million additional individuals with modern contraception and then committed to reaching 2.2 million additional users by the end of 2020. So far, OP leaders announced Tuesday, the countrie...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Leadership and Governance Policy Advocacy Source Type: news

IntraHealth Awarded for its Commitment to the Next Generation of Public Health Leaders
December 03, 2019IntraHealth International has been awarded the 2019 Impact in Practice Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)Gillings School of Global Public Health. “The community partner award is intended to recognize orgnizations that have a demonstrated impact on the practice of public health,” said Anna Schenck, associate dean for public health practice at UNC in a letter to IntraHealth.“Thank you for all the support you are giving our students.” “My colleagues and I are thrilled to receive this recognition from UNC,” said Pape Gaye, IntraHealth ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

Five Hurdles to Localizing Global Development —and How NGOs Can Help Overcome Them
By Pape Amadou Gaye, President and Chief Executive OfficerNovember 27, 2019Just 20 years ago, we could hardly imagine an AIDS-free generation. And the idea that poor countries would no longer rely on foreign aid to care for their people was inconceivable.But today, I believe both are in sight.The entire field of global health and development is shifting. Major funders, such as the U.S. government, are pushing ahead with an approach called localization, wherein countries manage their own foreign aid, mobilize their own public and private revenues, and eventually become self-reliant.This is what so many of us in nongo...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

In Senegal, HIV Peer Mediators Are a Lifeline for These Young Men
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth International“I’ve always wanted to go into medicine, to be an OB-GYN or a primary health physician,” says a young man we’ll call Youssef. “It’s my childhood dream.” When he was diagnosed with HIV at 17, he worried that dream was over. All photos by Clément Tardif for IntraHealth International.November 27, 2019Imagine you’re young, smart, ambitious, poor. You dream of leaving your small town for the big city, where you’ll go to medical school and enjoy a more open-minded atmosphere. You certainly have the...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: HIV & AIDS Community Engagement World AIDS Day Social Services Youth Source Type: news

Strong Data, Local Relationships: The Future of HIV Care in Tanzania Starts Here
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth International ; Lucy Mphuru, Country Director& Project Director, Tohara Plus Project Lucy Mphuru (center left) talks with health workers and clients at an IntraHealth-supported mobile clinic in Shinyanga that provides voluntary male circumcision services. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.November 26, 2019Lucy Mphuru has a big job.Every day, she and her team at IntraHealth International in Tanzania work with frontline health workers and government partners to improve health services in a country of 58 million—1.6 million of whom live...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Leadership and Governance World AIDS Day Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

HIV Support Groups Help Members and Health Facilities Alike in Namibia
By Valery Mwashekele , Communications officer, IntraHealth International HIV meds at a clinic in Omuntele, Namibia. Photo taken by Morgana Wingard for IntraHealth International.November 26, 2019It is a sunny day at Korokoko village in Northern Namibia where the USAIDHIV Clinical Services Technical Assistance Project(UTAP) is working to help people who live with HIV reach viral suppression.Gathered under a tree are seven women and two men, including a community health worker and the district HIV nurse mentor. The members are eager to share their experiences as part of the Kavidi Community Adherence Group. Formed in May ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Community Engagement World AIDS Day Community Health Workers Source Type: news

IntraHealth and PEPFAR Partnership Means HIV Services for Millions
November 26, 2019Thanks to IntraHealth International’s longstanding partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, millions of people across the globe have received lifesaving services for HIV prevention, care, and treatment.Our PEPFAR-funded programs span Central America and Africa, and range from preservice education for health workers to voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV, which reduces men’s risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual intercourseby around 60%. With support from PEPFAR, we’ve worked with local partners, health workers, and minis...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

Peer Navigators Help Connect Thousands to HIV Care and Treatment Services in South Sudan
November 25, 2019IntraHealth’s work on theEvidence to Action for Strengthened Reproductive Health for Women and Girls (E2A) Key Populations HIV Activity in South Sudan provides HIV prevention and treatment services for female sex workers and other priority populations, including their clients.This year, the project has served over 7,500 people in Juba, Nimule, and Yambio with HIV prevention information and commodities, HIV testing, and linkage to HIV treatment services, sexually transmitted infections screening and treatment, and family planning.“The collaboration with the E2A Project has made work very simple ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: South Sudan Evidence to Action (E2A) Project HIV & AIDS Community Engagement World AIDS Day Source Type: news

4 Ways We ’re Working to End Gender-Based Violence and Discrimination in Health Care
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalNovember 25, 2019One in three women and girls globally experiences physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. And women make up 70% of the entire health and social care workforce around the world.There is zero doubt: Gender-based violence (GBV) is a health workforce issue.Many health workers experience violence in their personal lives or in the workplace. They’re often the first to identify, treat, and refer GBV survivors who seek health care. In a major step this year, the International Labor Organization includes astandard on violence and harassment in the world o...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Community Engagement Policy & Advocacy 16 Days of Activism against Violence IntraHealth ' s 40th Anniversary Gender Equality Nurses Source Type: news

In One Guatemalan Hospital, Peer Support Groups Boost Quality of Life for People Living with HIV
By Dora Garc ía; Claudia Guzmán Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.November 21, 2019For people living with HIV in Malacatán, Guatemala, adhering to the required treatment regimen isn't always easy. The area’s economy is highly mobile due to its proximity to the Mexican border, and HIV is stigmatized, making it difficult to be open about one’s status and access care.But at one area hospital, a new peer support group for patients initiating or restarting treatment makes committing to better health a collaborative process.Since February 2019, a group of patients who may have f...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: HIV & AIDS Source Type: news

The Right Training Has Led to 100% Survival for Preterm Babies at this Ugandan Hospital
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International The BABIES matrix is a simplified quality-improvement methodology for collecting and displaying data. It was introduced and implemented by the Katakwi Hospital to improve services. Photo courtesy of Irene Mirembe.November 15, 2019Margret Imma from Uganda’s Katakwi District looks lovingly at her 4-month-old, bubbly baby boy, Orisa. He is glowing and Margret couldn’t be happier. This was not the case a few months ago, when Orisa was born too soon.“The pain and suffering that came with handling a preterm baby was unbearable,”...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Education Performance Midwives Source Type: news

The Power of One Health Connects Local and Global Health
By Katherine Seaton, Editorial OfficerNovember 14, 2019What do dogs, HIV care, and the Galapagos Islands all have in common?They are all integral parts of theOne Health approach to improve the future of global health for centuries to come.Human health doesn’t exist in a bubble. Our world is interconnected in ways we have yet to understand. So we need to learn more about the connections between the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Current global megatrends may make it seem like the future is daunting.Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are rising—the World Health Organization estimates that the...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Community Engagement Private-Sector Approaches Global Health Security Source Type: news

Tajik Community Health Volunteers Improve Nutrition, Maternal Health, and Agriculture for Thousands
November 14, 2019Thousands of people in Tajikistan's Khatlon region now have greater access to health services, nutrition, and sanitation, thanks toFeed the Future Tajikistan Health& Nutrition Activity (THNA), implemented by IntraHealth International.In the twelve districts where IntraHealth conducts the USAID-funded work, in partnership with Abt Associates, widespread malnutrition leads to stunting, anemia, and poor maternal and child health, while infrastructure for proper sanitation and hygiene remains inadequate.THNA recruited and trained 1,300 health volunteers and 500 agriculture volunteers.To mitigate these issu...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tajikistan Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Health Workforce Systems Primary Health Care Community Health Workers Source Type: news

New Approach Improves Quality of Care for Children in Rwanda
By Alice Rwema Iribagiza, Communications Officer, Ingobyi Nurse Esther at work. Photo credit: IntraHealth International.November 12, 2019Esther Mukahabiyambere is one of 326 district-based mentors trained on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) approach. Through the USAID-fundedIngobyi Activity, health workers are using IMCI in Rwanda to prevent and treat pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition, and malaria. The project equips health care providers with clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to improve the quality of care, helping the government of Rwanda reduce child mortality, particularly the managemen...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Education Performance Quality of Care Nurses Source Type: news

Beatrice and the Power of Uganda's Community Health Champions
By Samuel Olobo Beatrice accompanies six young mothers as they await laboratory results. Photo courtesy of Samuel Olobo.November 05, 2019Beatrice Asekenye is a 39-year-old single mother of three. She’s also a trained village health team (VHT) champion in Uganda’s Kobuku ward in Ngora Town Council and she’s making a difference in her community one mother at a time.Beatrice is part of a team of 15 VHT champions in Ngora Town Council who were trained and deployed by IntraHealth International’s USAID-fundedRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project to promote ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Community Engagement Health Workers Source Type: news

Beatrice and the Power of Community Health Champions
By Samuel Olobo Beatrice accompanies six young mothers as they await laboratory results. Photo courtesy of Samuel Olobo.November 05, 2019Beatrice Asekenye is a 39-year-old single mother of three. She’s also a trained village health team (VHT) champion in Uganda’s Kobuku ward in Ngora Town Council and she’s making a difference in her community one mother at a time.Beatrice is part of a team of 15 VHT champions in Ngora Town Council who were trained and deployed by IntraHealth International’s USAID-fundedRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project to promote ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Community Engagement Health Workers Source Type: news

Workplace HIV Services Provide a Turning Point for Men in Tanzania ’s Kagera Region
By Mary Goodluck Mndeme , Communications officer, IntraHealth International Mary Goodluck Mndeme, Communications Officer for IntraHealth, speaks to Hamisi Kuya about his VMMC experience.November 01, 2019One morning in May 2019, I met Hamisi Kuya (36), a father of two who received voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services through IntraHealth International.Hamisi lives near Kagera, in the northwestern corner of Tanzania, where he has been working at the Kagera Sugar Plantation for some years.In his area, like in many communities in the region, many people believe that the VMMC procedure is very painful and take...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Source Type: news

Hand-in-Hand for Health: How Governments and the Private Sector Can Come Together
By Belinda Ngongo, Senior technical advisor for global health, Medtronic Foundation ; Samantha Rick, Deputy director, Frontline Health Workers CoalitionOctober 31, 2019Last year in Ghana,Anthony Opoku-Acheampon felt dizzy and had a headache. His son and wife drove him to C&J Hospital for help. But instead of examining him, a nurse turned the 70-year-old man away, saying there wasn’t an available bed.The family visited six more hospitals and heard the same refrain—there were no beds. Opoku-Acheampon died in his son’s car outside LEKMA Hospital, causing an outcry around the country over“no bed...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Policy & Advocacy Private-Sector Approaches Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

Health Worker Training Is Improving Hypertension Care and Prevention in Senegal
October 31, 2019During interviews with almost 2,000 health workers and clients in Dakar, Senegal, IntraHealth International found that some 40% of health workers had not been trained to care for clients with hypertension, and 83% of clients who did not have hypertension knew no more than a single warning sign. But a 2019 evaluation reveals significant progress in under two years.The results from our 2017-2018 situational analysis uncovered gaps in hypertension care and prevention in Dakar, including insufficiencies in equipment, hypertension management skills, and patient education.Those results helped guide theBetter Hear...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Senegal Neema Noncommunicable Diseases Human Resources Management Primary Health Care Source Type: news

New Project Will Strengthen District Health Systems in Karamoja, Uganda
October 30, 2019Through a new $1.8 million project funded by UNICEF, IntraHealth International will strengthen health systems in the Karamoja region of Uganda, using a two-pronged approach to overcome some of region’s biggest health care challenges. The project,“District Health System Strengthening on RMNCAH, HIV/AIDS, and Nutrition in Karamoja,” aims to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH), HIV care, and nutrition services in the region.Karamoja has the highest maternal mortality rate in the country—83% of pregnant women in the area are HIV-positive. And 64...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Uganda District Health System Strengthening on RMNCAH, HIV/AIDS, and Nutrition in Karamoja & Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

For Children in South Sudan, Managing HIV and its Treatment Is Complicated
By Peter Musa Sereru, Adolescent/youth HIV officer, IntraHealth InternationalOctober 29, 2019Abdu* is five years old and lives with his mother in South Sudan’s capital city of Juba. He is HIV-positive and must remain vigilant about adhering to his antiretroviral treatment (ART) plan.But war and displacement make this kind of adherence difficult, or even impossible for some families. The months went by as Abdu’s family navigated life in a conflict zone. He missed important monitoring visits to the Juba Military Referral Hospital, where they would have replenished his drugs, measured his growth, and changed his...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Education Performance Youth Community Health Workers Source Type: news

iHRIS 5.0 Offers New Reporting Features and More for Health Worker Data
December 09, 2019IntraHealth International has rebuilt its flagshipiHRIS software in a global effort to make the program simpler, more adaptable, and easier to manage and customize for countries that want to use it to manage their health worker data.The new version features an improved search function, responsive graph capabilities, and a professionally-designed interface that is easy to read on a phone, tablet, or computer. IntraHealth’s digital health team made all improvements in close collaboration with the global community of iHRIS users and implementers.“We conducted a lot of user interviews,” says ...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology HRIS Source Type: news

Award Recognizes RHITES-E for Agility, Effectiveness in Boosting HIV Services in Uganda  
October 02, 2019IntraHealth International’s Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) Activity has won the2019 CLA (Collaborate, Learn, Adapt) award from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for its agility in boosting HIV services in the eastern region of Uganda. In March 2018, Uganda’s Ministry of Health introduced a surge strategy, in line with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) efforts, to find more people living with HIV and enroll them in care by improving HIV testing efficiency and linkages to treatment. To r...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Uganda Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-East) HIV & AIDS Source Type: news

New Game for Ugandan Men Uncovers Behavioral Barriers to Family Planning
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International. ; Susan Tino, Project manager, IntraHealth International Men play Together We Decide during a user test in one of the districts. Photo by Ely McElwee.September 25, 2019Uganda has a high fertility rate and a declining mortality rate, resulting in rapid population growth. This has led to a dependent population that is not conducive to economic production, savings, investment, or development.Uganda also has a high unmet need for family planning— according to the 2016 Uganda Demographic Health Survey, an estimated 28-32% of women do not inte...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement World Contraception Day Gender Equality Source Type: news

Advocates of Universal Health Coverage Push for Clear Milestones, Accountability
By Vince Blaser, Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition ; Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth InternationalSeptember 25, 2019As policymakers, advocates, and other global health stakeholders have descended on New York and the United Nations this week, two words seem to sum up the conversations around universal health coverage (UHC):“Now what?”From the years of clamoring for UHC to be a central priority in global health policy to the breakthrough 2012 UN resolution urging countries to prioritize UHC, Sustainable Development Goals target 3.8 in 2015, the&n...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy IntraHealth ' s 40th Anniversary Source Type: news

New Insights from Old Numbers: Artificial Intelligence Makes Sense of Health Ministry Data
By Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth InternationalSeptember 24, 2019Ministries of health have more data than ever before—and the amount of data is increasing at an exponential rate. But what good is all that information if it’s unwieldy or difficult to use? Over the course of nine weeks, IntraHealth International’s digital health team and staff from our Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project modeled a machine-learning approach to glean insights from the flood of health systems and population data avail...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology HRIS Human Resources Management Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

IntraHealth at 40: The Future of Global Health Starts Here
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalSeptember 23, 2019We started out small. Just a single project out of the medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We were called Intrah back then, the Program for International Training in Health.And that’s what we did. We trained health workers.Forty years later—and 741 staff members strong—we still do. But we doso much more now, too.New outbreaks, new scientific discoveries, and new technologies have changed our field entirely. The way we train has transformed. The types of partnerships that drive development are evolving b...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

IntraHealth Improves Health Care in 43 Countries, Reaches 341,445 Health Workers in 2018
September 17, 2019 Chapel Hill, NCIn a step toward making high-quality health care available to more people around the world,IntraHealth International reached 341,445 health workers in 43 countries in 2018. These health workers are now making services available to more people in some of the most remote areas, destigmatizing procedures and services, and compiling meaningful and lifesaving data that allow for greater adaptability and long-term solutions.See more results in our full annual report.IntraHealth International reached 341,445 health workers in 43 countries in 2018.The World Health Organization and World Bank pro...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Infectious Diseases Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Digital Health Education Performance Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

New Study Explores Solutions to Postabortion Care Barriers for Young People in Togo
September 16, 2019Training health workers in Togo is creating higher-quality, youth-friendlier services, resulting in increased usage of modern contraception among young clients. Anew article by IntraHealth International’sStembile Mugore inGlobal Health Science& Practice explains how training health workers to provide adolescent-friendly postabortion care is increasing voluntary contraception use, reducing unintended pregnancies, and averting abortions and maternal deaths in the country.This training marks a change for medical services in Togo.Sixty-one percent of the Togolese population is under 25. For women in...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Togo Evidence to Action (E2A) Project Family Planning & Reproductive Health Education Performance World Contraception Day Youth Source Type: news

Seven Creative Approaches to Health Workforce Challenges
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalSeptember 13, 2019Over the course of our 40-year history, IntraHealth International has consistently designed creative solutions to health workforce challenges. From new technologies to old-fashioned human storytelling, we find new solutions to longstanding problems.  In a new technical publication, we highlight seven examples of how and why we look for new ways to get results. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside The Future of Global Health Starts Here: 7 Creative Approaches to Health Workforce Challenges. Funding the Nex...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Noncommunicable Diseases Digital Health Education Performance Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

We're Missing Something in Health Worker Training
By Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth International Dr. Janet Muriuki addresses a group of attendees at SwitchPoint Shibuya. Photo courtesy of The Global Fund/Shugo Takemi.September 11, 2019The people who attend to us when we’re ill, injured, worried about our health, or scared for the well-being of our loved ones are face-to-face with conflict, end of life, and terminal illness. But are health students adequately prepared to work under such mental stress? According to Health economist and health policy analyst Dr. Akiko Maeda, these issues aren’t properly addressed in schools and in the des...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Mental Health Education & Performance Health Workers Source Type: news

IntraHealth Urges Investment in Community and Primary Health at TICAD
September 10, 2019At the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) last month, IntraHealth International and Japan Center for International Exchange convened policy experts, ministry of health officials, and representatives from the World Health Organization and Japanese government to lay out a case for greater investment in the health workforce.  On the heels of the G20 and G7 summits, where health ministers acknowledged that primary health care is the bedrock of universal health coverage (UHC), TICAD fostered frank discussions on what’s keepi...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Health Financing Health Workforce & Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

Supporting a Human-Centered Home Health System in Jordan
By Mirna Fakhoury, Project manager, USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program ; Omar Shamieh, Chairman, Department of Palliative Care ; Bridget Johnston, Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine Jordanian home care patient Zuhdiyyah, age 76, receives a visit from her care team--no hospital trip required. Photo by USAID.September 09, 2019Jordan’s health care system is considered one of the more modern in the Middle East, and many patients travel from neighboring countries to access its medical offerings. However, Jordan struggles with rising health care costs, an aging population with a changing d...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Health Workforce & Systems Nurses Source Type: news

In Uganda, One Teen Tackles the Stigma of Violence Against Women
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International.September 06, 2019Regina Nadim is an 18-year-old survivor of gender-based violence (GBV) who now uses her story to encourage other girls to seek support in Uganda’s Moroto District.As a young girl in rural Karamoja, Regina never went to school and had no social or economic support.“My parents could not afford school fees,’’ Regina says. " They only saw me as a source of labor and a dowry. There was no one to help me and it was difficult to find odd jobs. "Regina’s story is typical for a Karamojong girl from a...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Community Engagement Gender Equality Youth Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Data Insights on Religion and Contraception for Couples in Burkina Faso
By Anna Williams, 2019 UNC-IntraHealth Summer FellowAugust 29, 2019As a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo during 2013–2015, I worked with community partners to host a gender equality training for middle school students.At the beginning of the session, before we officially started, Paul, a community leader, picked up a broom and started to sweep the floor. Gasps erupted as young students watched a respected community member and man do a chore usually left to women and girls. Not only did girls rush forward to take the broom from him and finish the job, but the boys did as well.Had I, a female teacher at the school, star...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Gender Equality Source Type: news

Understanding Cybersecurity for Health Care Professionals
By Rachel Clad, Global practice specialist II, DAI ; Galia Nurko, Associate digital specialist, DAIAugust 13, 2019We live in exciting times.The ways in which we store and engage with health data have been transformed with the creation and adoption of digital health technology. Whether it’s using a Fitbit, accessing your vaccine records online, or virtually connecting with your doctor, understanding your health status in real time has never been easier…for some of us.We at DAI Global Health are working tirelessly to increase access to health care in low- and middle-income countries by leveraging d...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Digital Health Technology Source Type: news

In Senegal, the Health and Education Sectors Are Teaming Up for Teens
By Amadou Khoury K ébé, Adolescent and youth services technical advisor, IntraHealth International in Senegal Outside Dabo middle school in Kolda, southern Senegal. Photo by Cl ément Tardif for IntraHealth International.August 09, 2019At the Dabo middle school in Senegal’s southern region of Kolda, more students—especially girls—are becoming more comfortable sharing their worries with school staff.“For example, a ninth-grader, a 15-year-old girl, was going to be married off during Easter holidays,” says Samba Baldé, the mediator focal point for the school. He wa...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Child Health Community Engagement Advocacy Youth Social Service Workers Source Type: news

2019 Marks 10 Years of Partnership through UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program
August 09, 2019 Chapel Hill, NCAs the UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program turned ten this year, it expanded to include, for the first time, graduate students studying not only public health, but also nursing and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).Last month, the three 2019 fellows graduated from the program after ten weeks of working side-by-side with global health professionals atIntraHealth International. They analyzed data on family planning in Burkina Faso, created a tool to help health officials in Namibia quickly assess the quality of nursing care at their health facilitie...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Burkina Faso Namibia Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Gender Equality Nurses Source Type: news

IntraHealth to Celebrate Innovations in Health at SwitchPoint Shibuya in Tokyo
July 30, 2019IntraHealth International,The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Japan Center for International Exchange will host SwitchPoint Shibuya—a globally-curated event focused on inventive approaches to solving health challenges in Africa. The August 31st event will feature talks and performances, interactive microlabs, and a networking reception.  The conference will take place at state-of-the-art creative incubator EDGEof in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo, just days after theSeventh Tokyo Conference on African Development, where...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

Global Nutrition Is the Cornerstone of Global Health
By Jenny Dyer, Founder of the 2030 CollaborativeJuly 26, 2019Advocacy from the faith sector, particularly from the politically right-of-center voter, is now more crucial than ever.In March, the Trump Administration released its annual budget recommendations for Congress to consider for Appropriations, and for the third year in a row, this Administration recommended draconian cuts to the International Affairs Account, or our foreign assistance. For this sliver of an account representing a mere 1% of the entire U.S. budget, they recommended an overall cut of 24% to this account for FY20.In mid-May, the House Appropriations...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Nutrition Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy SwitchPoint Source Type: news

These Nurses Are Shining a Light on the Gender Barriers They Face at Work
By Samantha Rick, Deputy director, Frontline Health Workers CoalitionJuly 24, 2019This month at the 2019 International Council of Nurses Congress in Singapore, a diverse international cohort of nurses gathered to discuss how to dismantle the gender-related barriers nurses face in rising to leadership positions.During one session—called Into the Future: Leadership Skills for 21st Century Nurses—they addressed unpaid care, the glass ceiling and glass escalator phenomena, the lack of decision-making power for nurses, and low self-confidence among female nurses.Why are female nurses kept out of leadership while m...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Advocacy Gender Equality Nursing & Midwifery Nurses Source Type: news

In Tanzania, Transportation Meets HIV Education
By Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth International January Jacob, 25, tells his fellow boda boda drivers to take care of themselves and to use condoms. Photo by Josh Estey for IntraHealth International.July 15, 2019Motorcycle taxi drivers might seem like unlikely champions of voluntary medical male circumcision, or VMMC, but in Tanzania, they’ve been touting the health benefits of the procedure to each other and their passengers as part of IntraHealth’sToharaPlusproject.VMMC lowers men’s risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual sex by approximately 60%, and is a key part of Tanzania...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: HIV & AIDS Source Type: news

GIS Mapping Helps Provide Access to HIV-Prevention Services for 220,000 More Men
July 15, 2019In the Five Lakes region of Tanzania, IntraHealth International has boosted access to voluntary medical male circumcision services, or VMMC, by over 200% since 2016, while simultaneously decreasing the cost per client by nearly 40%.Medical male circumcision lowers men’s risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual sex by approximately 60%. But as coverage expands, pockets of need become harder to find. IntraHealth is removing the guesswork by using geographic information system (GIS) mapping to pinpoint communities that still need the service.As part of theToharaPlus project funded by PEPFAR through the US...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Tanzania Tohara Plus HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Source Type: news

Partner Locally or Fail Repeatedly
By Richard Stanley, Senior Product Manager, Digital Health ; UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL)July 19, 2019The technical nature of international development work means that to get ahead, there is a pressure to specialize. Many staff become experts within silos without always enjoying the benefits of trying something new through immersion in other spheres of development work.That can particularly true within the emerging field of public-sector technology innovation. Familiarity with the methods of dot.coms is important, but are there blind spots for the insights of those who spent time carrying out actual development ...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology Source Type: news

Niger Faces Five Key Family Planning Challenges
By Molly Rosett, Program Officer, IntraHealth International President Mahamadou Issoufou shakes hands with Mariama Abdou Gado, president of the Niger youth ambassador network. Photo by EtriLabs.July 10, 2019TheOuagadougou Partnership is nearing the end of its 2015-2020 acceleration phase. This alliance of nine West African countries set an ambitious goal to reach 2.2 million new women and girls with modern contraceptives during those five years. So far, they’ve reached over 1.8 million.Their success now hinges on maintaining themomentum they’ve built in the region, and in bolstering those countries whe...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

How National Health Workforce Accounts Can Help Governments Achieve Universal Health Coverage
By Pamela McQuide, Global Human Resources for Health Technical Advisor ; Wayan Vota, Director of Digital Health Health officials in Uganda use iHRIS to track health workforce data. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International.July 09, 2019National governments that want to achieve the health-related targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or universal health coverage (UHC) need a health workforce with the right size and skill mix to meet their populations’ health needs.But you can’t have a skilled health workforce without teachers and trainers who can prepare health wor...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology HRIS Education & Performance Human Resources Management Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

PrEP and Health Worker Training Are Protecting More Namibian Girls from HIV
June 27, 2019In the Oshikoto region of Namibia, the number of adolescent girls and young women taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) increased by over 100% in just three months—an uptick from 82 to 172. That means over twice as many at-risk girls and women are now lowering their risk of infection by using this daily medication.This is one of the early, promising results ofIntraHealth International and IntraHealth Namibia’s work on the USAID-funded Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored,& Safe (DREAMS) project, which is led by Project HOPE in Namibia.DREAMS is helping Namibia prevent new H...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Namibia Namibia DREAMS HIV & AIDS Gender Equality Youth Health Workers Source Type: news

Investing in the Power of Nurses
This report reflects the voices of nurses—it’s time for the rest of the world to listen. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - June 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Women Deliver Nurses Source Type: news

What Does It Take to Strengthen Health Systems in a Fragile State?
By Eva CanoutasJune 19, 2019Salwa Bitar is a medical doctor with over 30 years of experience in global health and working in fragile states. As chief of party for the IntraHealth International-led Palestinian Health Capacity Project, she led a health systems strengthening initiative in West Bank that focused on medical referral reform, digital health solutions, and human resources for health. She joined us today to share her experience.Dr. Salwa, what element of your team ’s work in West Bank are you most proud of? There are many things I am proud of, but I will share two: building the capacity of our local Intr...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

Podcasting for Good: Take Two
By Casey Bishopp, Communications Officer, IntraHealth InternationalJune 13, 2019Everyone loves a good story. The kind that gives you goosebumps, makes you think, makes you sad and hopeful at the same time. But did you know that stories like those can also lead to policy change at the highest levels?In the second episode of theSwitchPoint podcast, our president and CEO,Pape Gaye, chats withPaurvi Bhatt, president of the Medtronic Foundation and vice president of Medtronic Philanthropy, about an auspicious partnership that harnessed the voices and stories of frontline health workers from Brazil, India, Ireland, South Afric...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Advocacy SwitchPoint Source Type: news