We ’re Still Working to Make IntraHealth the Antiracist Organization We Strive to Be
By Polly Dunford, President and chief executive officerMay 20, 2022In May of 2020, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black Americans—on top of generations of systemic oppression and trauma in the US—spurred us to take a good, hard look at ourselves, both as individuals and as an organization that’s committed to equality, equity, justice, and respect. And we found that IntraHealth International lacked important strategies, policies, and metrics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We realized we had a long way to go to become the organization we strive to be.Tw...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

What Will It Take to Get Nurses the Respect and Recognition They Deserve?
By Tracy Kobukindo , Nurse and advocate ; Carol Bales, Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth InternationalMay 11, 2022According to theInternational Council of Nurses, the global shortage of nurses could reach 13 million in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. And 90% of national nursing associations are concerned heavy workloads, insufficient resourcing, burnout, and stress related to pandemic response are leading nurses to leave the profession.Lack of respect and recognition for nurses and other frontline health workers, including ignoringtheir voices, lies at the heart of many workforce-related c...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy International Nurses Day Health Workers Source Type: news

This Is a Big Moment for Health Workforce Advocacy and Policy Change
By Carol Bales, Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International Photo by Zoya Shehadeh for URC/the USAID Jordan Health Service Quality Accelerator Activity.May 10, 2022Right now could be a turning point for health workforce advocacy to increase support and protection for health workers, especially in low- and middle-income countries, as they continue responding to the pandemic and providing access to essential health services.In the last weeks, the US and the African Union announced new global and regional health workforce initiatives. Advocates, health workers, and policymak...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy International Day of the Midwife International Nurses Day World Health Assembly Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

How Can Health Leaders Improve Respect and Recognition for Midwives?
By Olajumoke Adebayo, Midwife, advocate, and founder of Reprolife Olajumoke giving a tetanus toxoid vaccine during a client ' s antenatal visit. Photo provide by Olajumoke Adebayo for IntraHealth International.May 04, 2022Imagine if midwives’ voices were heard, they were fairly compensated, had safe working conditions, and could perform their full scope of practice.Unfortunately, lack of respect and recognition for frontline health workers lie at the heart of many workforce-related challenges that impede progress toward ending the global Covid-19 pandemic, eliminating preventable maternal and child deaths, and ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy International Day of the Midwife Health Workers Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

Olivia V élez Joins IntraHealth as New Chief Digital Health Officer
May 09, 2022IntraHealth International welcomes Olivia Vélez as our new chief digital health officer, beginning May 9, 2022.As a member of the executive team, Vélez will lead IntraHealth’sdigital health team and initiatives, includingiHRIS—IntraHealth’s free, open source human resources information system now being used in 25 countries—andmHero, our two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that connects ministries of health and health workers.Vélez is a registered nurse and a health informaticist who brings over a decade of experience in global digital health.“I am ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 2, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

An Interactive Game Helps Men Start Family Planning Conversations in Eastern Uganda
April 12, 2022An interactive game for men that focuses on male engagement for family planning and culminates with achild-spacing planning card has increased family planning use in eastern Uganda. Facilitated by village health teams, the game—Together We Decide—is a collaboration between IntraHealth International andideas42 as part of theScale-up and Capacity Building in Behavioral Science to Improve the Uptake of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services project (SupCap) project.The project used behavioral science to design, test, and scale up an intervention that would help increase postpartum contracep...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 6, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Uganda Scale-Up and Capacity Building in Behavioral Science to Improve the Uptake of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (SupCap) & Community Engagement Source Type: news

Where Are They Now? Guinea's Youth Ambassadors Continue to Promote Family Planning
By Katherine Seaton, Communications writer/editor, IntraHealth International ; Jen SnellApril 06, 2022When Abou Maimouna Diallo was a teenager, he didn’t have much information about sex. He had never talked about it with his parents or learned about it in school.After his girlfriend became pregnant, he knew he had to educate himself.“I decided to commit myself to the promotion of information on sexual and reproductive health and family planning,” he says.“To make sure I didn’t repeat the same mistakes, but also to help other young people.”So in 2016, he became a youth ambassador with I...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 6, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Youth Source Type: news

Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in West Africa Expands to Guinea
April 01, 2022More women and babies in francophone West Africa will have access to integrated services as IntraHealth’sINSPiRE project expands into Guinea. In Guinea, as well as in eight otherOuagadougou Partnership countries in the region, INSPiRE works to integrate family planning, nutrition, and maternal, newborn, and child care. This means providing clients with a comprehensive package of essential health services during each visit—such as family planning and nutrition services and maternal care and infant care—to eliminate missed opportunities for care and make services more accessible for women and ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 1, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Guinea INSPiRE Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Education Performance Health workforce development Source Type: news

IntraHealth Commends Proposed Billion-Dollar Initiative for Health Workers, Calls on Congress to Enact It
March 31, 2022IntraHealth International is joining our partners in theFrontline Health Workers Coalition in commending the White House forproposing $1 billion over five years for the global component of its Health Worker Initiative in its FY 23 Budget Proposal, released this week.We join the coalition in calling on Congress to enact the initiative, while also providing a more substantive allocation for core global health funding and global pandemic preparedness investments. Such an approach would ensure strong, locally led, interconnected systems to end the COVID-19 pandemic and better prepare for future emergencies.&ldquo...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 31, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy World Health Worker Week Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

To Improve Family Planning Services, Bangladesh Puts Health Workers at the Center of Training
By Mahbubur Rashid, Senior technical advisor Trainers hold up the competency-based training modules at a session in Bangladesh. Photo taken for IntraHealth International.March 30, 2022A little over three years ago, I began hearing about USAID’sAccelerating Universal Access to Family Planning Project in Bangladesh. The project—named Shukhi Jibon, which means“happy life” in Bengali—focuses on developing the family planning workforce and contributes to the health and well-being of Bangladeshis by increasing their use of family planning services. Shukhi Jibon, I knew, could make a big d...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 28, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Education Performance Health workforce development World Health Worker Week Systems Management and Performance Health Workers Source Type: news

US Funding for Global Health Security Doesn ’t Cover These Essential Systems for Health Workers—Yet
By Polly Dunford, President and chief executive officer Polly Dunford, President& CEO of IntraHealth, visits Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda. Photo by Esther Ruth Mbabazi for IntraHealth International.March 28, 2022US funding for global health security has surged in the last few years, and now Congress has just approved a $510 million increase for fiscal year 2022, nearly doubling current funding. President Biden is proposing even greater increases for fiscal year 2023 in hisnew budget proposal, including a multilateral fund for global health security and pandemic preparedness. The US has alreadypledged $2...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 28, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Policy & Advocacy World Health Worker Week Global health security Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Vaccine Redistribution Provides More Ugandan Citizens with COVID-19 Protection
March 14, 2022Tens of thousands of Ugandans accessed COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 thanks to IntraHealth International’s partnership with the government of Uganda, district cold chain technicians, and the Mbale and Soroti Regional Emergency Operations centers. Together, we redistributed over 40,000 vaccines, 23,000 vaccination cards, and 25,000 syringes.Uganda has had over163,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3,588 deaths. In January, they relaxed many COVID-19 prevention measures which had included curfews, business and school closures, and border closings, among others. They’ve received over22 million doses of...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Uganda Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-East) COVID-19 Health workforce development Global health security Health Workers Source Type: news

SwitchPoint Future League Unites Six Next-Generation African Leaders for New Advocacy Partnership
March 07, 2022Six young African leaders have joined the inaugural cohort of theSwitchPoint Future League, a new advocacy partnership launched by IntraHealth International with the Global Fund and ONE Campaign Africa.   " IntraHealth is thrilled to join these six outstanding young leaders in elevating the conversation about the future of global health—and how we finance it,” saysPolly Dunford, president and CEO of IntraHealth.“Their voices and perspectives are essential to creating a world where everyone everywhere has access to the health care they need to thrive. " The Future League c...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Youth Source Type: news

10 Black Americans Who Have Led COVID-19 Response
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 22, 2022Meet 10 Black American leaders who are shaping local and national COVID-19 response. These scientists, researchers, policymakers, teachers, and more have seen first-hand how the pandemic exacerbates racial disparities in health. In the US, Black Americans have died from COVID-19 at1.4 times the rate of white people.Today we’re highlighting these leaders as they work to protect their communities and inform our global response to the pandemic.Christopher BarnesAssistant professor, Department of Biology at Stanford UniversityWhen COVID-19 began, Bar...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 17, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health Workers Source Type: news

The US Government Should Consider These 7 Areas of Investment in the African Health Workforce
By Janet Muriuki, Senior director of health workforce development (interim) Nicodemas Ondies, medical lab officer, takes samples from a client at the Tudor Subcounty Hospital in Kenya. Photo by Edwin Joe for IntraHealth International.February 14, 2022There have been health workforce projects in Kenya since 2009, but US funding for these types of programs has been dwindling. In my experience as a physician and health workforce expert, some of these funding cuts have greatly affected how we support health workers both at the national and the subnational levels.Now that the Biden Administration is considering launching ...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 14, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Policy & Advocacy Health Workers Source Type: news