10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2021
By Katherine Seaton, Communications writer/editor, IntraHealth International A health worker at an IntraHealth-supported mobile clinic in Shinyanga, Tanzania. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.February 24, 2021COVID-19 stole the headlines in 2020—and revealed that most countries were vastly underprepared for a pandemic.But it also shed light on incredible human ingenuity and fortitude. We saw frontline health workers navigate a deluge of COVID cases while also trying to keep crucial services available. We saw the fastest vaccine development in history. And we saw more clearly than ever our need ...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Mental Health Digital Health Policy & Advocacy 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Gender Equality Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

2 ways Biden can help health workers and fight COVID-19
This article originally appeared on Devex. The full article can be found here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - February 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Health Workers Source Type: news

Meet 9 Black Americans Who Have Big Ideas for Greater Global Good
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 22, 2021Here atIntraHealth International, we’ve worked in over 100 countries around the world. But we were born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the United States—a country shaped by over 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, voter suppression, police brutality, and more.Today, Black Americansface greater risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 than white Americans. Black mothers die during childbirth ata higher rate than white mothers. And Black men and women havelower average life expectancies than white men and women. That&r...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

New USAID Award to Expand HIV Care and Treatment Services in South Sudan
February 18, 2021Through a new award from the US Agency for International Development (USAID),IntraHealth International will lead the Advancing HIV& AIDS Epidemic Control Activity in South Sudan. This contract will build on IntraHealth’s 15-year history of partnership in South Sudan as we work with the government and local partners to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the country’s efforts toward HIV epidemic control.The four-year Advancing HIV& AIDS Epidemic Control Activity will focus on operationalizing pathways to epidemic control using global 90-90-90 targets for 2020 and95-95-95 targets...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan Advancing HIV & AIDS Epidemic Control Activity Source Type: news

Tanzania ’s Tohara Plus Exceeds HIV Service Goals Despite Pandemic
February 08, 2021In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its halting effects on health services around the world, Tanzania’s northern regions of Mara, Mwanza, Shinyanga, and Simiyu have provided crucial HIV services to over 186,000 adolescent and adult men, exceeding their target success rate by 117% through theTohara Plus project.The IntraHealth-led project—which is funded by the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the US Centers for Disease Control—has provided HIV services in Tanzania since 2016 to help the country tackle its HIV epidemic sustainably while also working toward...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Tanzania Tohara Plus HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Source Type: news

How to Strengthen Uganda's COVID-19 Response and Protect Health Services
By Catherine Shrimpton, Communications support for TDDA TDDA engages communities, such as the one in pictured in Chad, in the fight against COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the TDDA program.February 08, 2021COVID-19 infections in Uganda are rising fast. The country recorded its first case of the coronavirus in March 2020 and in the early stages of the pandemic most cases were identified at the borders among people traveling from other countries. Since then, however, the country has seen a rapid increase in community transmission and clusters of infection nationwide. As of January 20, Uganda’s Ministry of Health h...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

From Community Health to the Front Lines of COVID-19
By Esther Wanjiru Kariuki, Communications Assistant Milton conducts a COVID-19 sensitization meeting in his community. Photo courtesy of Milton Okumu Maina for IntraHealth International.January 29, 2021Milton Okumu Maina used to spend his time supervising community health volunteers and coordinating community health activities in Kenya. He’s a community health assistant (CHA), also known as community health extension worker (CHEW), for the Nduru Kadero and West Katieno Community Health Units in Kisumu County, Kenya.But in the spring of 2020, his job completely changed.Milton is one of the many health workers acro...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Community Engagement 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Community Health Workers Source Type: news

How One Nurse Leader Transformed Family Planning Services at This Kenyan Health Facility
By Esther Wanjiru Kariuki, Communications Assistant Alice Boit in front of the maternity wing at the Rhonda Dispensary and Maternity in Nakuru County, Kenya. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.January 27, 2021As the leader of the Rhonda Dispensary and Maternity in Nakuru County in Kenya, Alice Boit supervises 40 staff members, including contract health workers and 14 nurses. Most of her responsibilities revolve around managing the daily operations of the facility, including the supply chain and finances, to make sure it can provide services for a population of more 27,000 people.The dispensary off...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Human Resources Management Source Type: news

Maqsoda Maqsodi to Join IntraHealth as New Chief Program Officer
January 29, 2021IntraHealth International is thrilled to welcome Maqsoda Maqsodi as our new chief program officer, beginning February 1, 2021.As a member of the executive team, Maqsodi will lead IntraHealth’s Center for Program Delivery and Learning and oversee global health projects in more than 30 countries. She brings over 17 years of experience in project leadership and management, including in conflict and post-conflict settings. Maqsodi has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Bolivia, and Peru.“I am so happy to be welcoming Maqsoda to our ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Next Steps in Our Global COVID Response: A Message to the World Health Organization's Executive Board
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalJanuary 20, 2021IntraHealth International commends the World Health Organization (WHO) for its work in responding to COVID-19. However, much more must be done to ensure essential support and protection for frontline health workers if the response is to succeed.Reports show at least 44,000 health workers in Africa, 12,000 health workers in Asia, and 570,000 health workers in Latin America and the Caribbean have been infected with COVID-19, threatening their lives and overall health system capacity.Governments, donors, and implementing partners must prioritize protection and ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

South Sudan Provides High-Quality HIV Services to Key Populations —and Sees Positive Results
January 13, 2021For the past five years, the Evidence to Action (E2A) project in South Sudan worked with the Ministry of Health, local partner organizations, and health workers to improve the health of people living with HIV, including groups that face barriers to health care and higher risks of infection, such as female sex workers. To meet the needs of these key populations, E2A: Provided screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and provided gender-based violence screenings and referral services for hard-to-reach female sex workers ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: South Sudan Evidence to Action (E2A) Project Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Top Global Health Moments of 2020
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Community Health Nurse Olivia Yeboah thoroughly washes her hands at the Akropong Clinic in Ghana. Photo by Emmanuel Attramah, PMI Impact Malaria/US President's Malaria Initiative.December 17, 2020If we wanted to, we could list a COVID-19 moment for every month of 2020.  We all know that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—first in China and then worldwide—overwhelmed news coverage this year. And with good reason. It’s the first large-scale global pandemic in 100 years. At the time this article was publ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Nutrition Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Nursing Midwifery 2020 Health Workers Source Type: news

3 Ways Health Workers in Central America Are Delivering HIV Care during a Pandemic
By Claudia Guzm án A client received HIV medication at their home in Guatemala in August, 2017. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.December 14, 2020In Central America, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new barriers for people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen. People living with HIV face lack of transportation, reduced clinic hours and sites, and fear of going to clinics—all of which make it harder for them to continue taking their medication.So health workers from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama​ are using some new...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Health Workers Source Type: news

Executive Voice: 10 Questions with CEO Polly Dunford
This article originally appeared in the Triangle Business Journal on December 3, 2020. You can read ithere. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - December 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Health Workers Source Type: news

Congress Must Make Health Workers and COVID-19 Emergency Funding the Priorities
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Dr. Sissoko is the head of anesthesiology and emergency services at a hospital in Mali. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah for IntraHealth International.December 08, 2020In letters to US Congress members this fall, Léonie Claudine Lougue (Minister of Health of Burkina Faso) and Michel Hamala Sidibe (Minister of Health and Social Affairs in Mali) called for a united response to the COVID-19 crisis.“We respectfully request that the U.S. Congress support partner countries’ own leadership in building and strengthening the health workforce and cross-cutting health s...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

Meet Three Ugandan Women Who Say Community-Based Family Planning Has Changed Their Lives
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth InternationalDecember 07, 2020In rural Eastern Uganda, three young women between the ages of 19 and 24 are happy, healthy, and focused on achieving their dreams, thanks to community-based family planning providers.During the COVID-19 pandemic, IntraHealth International’sRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) program has increased community-level interventions to improve family planning services and make them more accessible, while also emphasizing community participation, citizen accountability, reporting, and the impo...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Source Type: news

In Central America, Health Workers Keep HIV Services Available despite Dual Disasters
By Claudia Guzm án Photo by Trevor Snapp in El Salvador for IntraHealth International.December 01, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of barriers for people living with HIV who need to continue their care and treatment. But when hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America in November, the barriers multiplied.Pounding Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Guatemala for days, these two hurricanes brought heavy rains that led to flooding and landslides that devastated communities and affected millions.In the face of these dual crises, health workers in Central America demonstrated strong leadership ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Digital Health World AIDS Day Source Type: news

Four Ways We ’re Adapting HIV Services during COVID-19 in Tanzania
By Kija Nyalali, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, IntraHealth International, Tanzania A community volunteer recruits clients interested in VMMC services in Ukerewe, Tanzania. Photo by Josh Estey for IntraHealth International.November 18, 2020In Tanzania, the first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 16, 2020. When the country’s government instituted preventive measures to keep the disease from spreading, those same measures made it tougher to provide other services that can prevent a different infectious disease: HIV.So IntraHealth International’sTohara Plus team had to adjust.The Tohara&...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Source Type: news

In Burkina Faso, New Community Health Posts Improve Access to Integrated Care
By Marguerite Ndour, Project director, INSPiRE ; Jennifer Martin, International Development Writer and Editor Kiendr ébéogo Patindé, head of Lo-Longo health post in Burkina Faso, speaks to a mother at the health post. Photo by Isidore Sinkondo for IntraHealth International.November 17, 2020A mother in Burkina Faso with a sick child walks 6.5 kilometers, on average, to find a health worker. Finding local and available high-quality health services is difficult, especially in rural areas.The World Health Organization estimates that there isless than 1 physician and fewer than 4 nurses per 10,000 peo...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Source Type: news

Sanitation Improves, Malnutrition Drops among Women and Children in Tajikistan
November 11, 2020Over the past five years, Tajikistan improved health and nutrition for almost 250,000 women and 600,000 children and engaged almost 450,000 community members on agriculture management thanks to IntraHealth International’sFeed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity (THNA).Almost half of Tajikistan’s population is living below the national poverty line and one-third is affected by food insecurity. The remote Khatlon region has an agricultural sector that doesn't produce enough healthful, high-nutrient food, which leads topoor nutrition and maternal and child health. In 2012, the regi...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Tajikistan Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Gender-Based Violence on the Rise in the COVID-19 Era
By Elizabeth Drachman, Senior Communications ManagerNovember 11, 2020A Liberian mother choked back tears as she recounted how a police commander refused to accept her report about a neighbor who raped and impregnated her 13-year-old daughter. The officer didn’t believe her.This is just one recent example of gender-based violence gleaned from DAI’s project work, but unfortunately, it is all too common, and—for multiple colliding reasons—the prevalence of such violence appears to have been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.In May, the United Nations (UN) issued an alert about the alarming rise of ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

I ’m a Community Health Worker—Here’s Why I Tell My Story
By Margaret Odera, Community Health Worker and Mentor Mother Margaret Odera is a mentor mother, a certified community health worker, and an advocate. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt for IntraHealth International.November 10, 2020FaithIn 2012, I met a pregnant woman in the health center where I work in Kenya. As part of group education, she was tested for HIV, and she tested positive.She was devastated and hysterical. She believed HIV was a disease for prostitutes and the sexually immoral.“I was married as a virgin,” she told me.“My husband has been my friend since childhood. How could I be HIV-positive?&rd...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Community Health Workers Source Type: news

5 Lessons from Top Global Experts on How to Support the Health Workforce
By Carol Bales, Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International ; Elizabeth Walsh, Director of communications and knowledge management, HRH2030October 26, 2020Before COVID-19, the world was facing a shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. By September of this year, one in seven reported cases of COVID-19 were health workers and at least 7,000 health workers had died—likely significant underestimates due to lack of data.Although the true burden of COVID-19 infections on the health workforce is unknown, the loss of hea...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 Digital Health Education Performance Policy Advocacy Health Workers Community Health Workers Source Type: news

Christopher Constantian Joins IntraHealth as Chief Growth Officer
October 23, 2020IntraHealth International is thrilled to welcome Christopher Constantian as our new chief growth officer, starting November 9, 2020.As part of the executive team at IntraHealth, Constantian will lead the Center for Strategy& Development, including all new business development. He and his team will form partnerships that expand IntraHealth's support to frontline health workers and strengthen health systems around the world.“We’re so excited to be welcoming Chris to IntraHealth in this new role,” saysPolly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and CEO.“These are challeng...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Namibia Improves HIV Care through Training and High-Quality Services
October 16, 2020Between 2015 and 2019, IntraHealth International’sUSAID HIV Clinical Services Technical Assistance Project (UTAP) helped 42,578 HIV-positive clients in Namibia begin antiretroviral therapy (ART), conducted a nurse training program, increased the number of community adherence groups from 40 to 484, and helped roll out an electronic patient management system for the country.In 2018, an estimated200,000 people were living with HIV in Namibia, with regions in the north and capital city having thehighest burden. Now Namibia is one of three sub-Saharan African countries that have achieved the UNAIDS 90-90-9...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Namibia USAID HIV Clinical Services Technical Assistance Project & AIDS Source Type: news

To Decolonize Global Nursing and Midwifery, Let ’s Rethink How We Train Health Workers
By Stembile Mugore, Senior advisor for health sector performance and sustainability, IntraHealth International Beatrice Aciro, midwife and graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing& Midwifery, conducts a practical exercise with students. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth InternationalOctober 15, 2020When I trained as a nurse/midwife in the United Kingdom, I learned about heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. They were part of the curriculum because they were among the most common diseases in the UK.But when I went back home to Zimbabwe—a country that had just declared its independence from a col...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

IntraHealth Welcomes Nikolos Oakley to Executive Team
October 08, 2020 Chapel Hill, NCIntraHealth International is happy to welcome Nikolos Oakley as the new chief financial and administrative officer on November 9, 2020.In his new role as part of the executive team, Oakley will direct the financial and administrative functions of IntraHealth's network of 18 offices around the world and its diverse portfolio of projects as it strengthens health systems and increases access to high-quality health services around the world.Oakley has over 24 years of domestic and international experience in financial and business operations, compliance systems, and federal awar...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

TCI ’s Francophone West Africa Hub Holds Webinar on Improving Access to Family Planning Among Urban Poor
This article originally appeared ontciurbanhealth.org on October 2, 2020. You can find it here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - October 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

Two New Members Join IntraHealth ’s Board of Directors
October 05, 2020 Chapel Hill, NCIntraHealth International is pleased to welcome two new members to our board of directors.Michele Moloney-Kitts andJean Philbert Nsengimana bring new expertise in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV, youth, digital health, and more.“We’re incredibly excited that Michele and Jean Philbert are joining our board and grateful for the immense and diverse expertise they bring,” saysPolly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and CEO.“Jean Philbert’s longstanding focus on youth, technology, and the future of Africa will be invaluable to IntraHealth. And ...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Source Type: news

Stop a Pandemic Without Water? Health Workers across the World Need WASH
This article was originally published by the Frontline Health Workers coalition on September 30, 2020.Read it here. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - September 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 Global health security Source Type: news

New Integrated Services Model Improves Access to Family Planning for Women in West Africa
August 28, 2020More women in West Africa now have greater access to a wide range of services during their visits to health facilities, thanks to a newintegrated service delivery model created by IntraHealth International. Our new INSPiRE integration model helps women get the most out of each visit, including services for maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH); nutrition; and family planning.As part of our work on the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation-fundedINSPiRE project, IntraHealth and Burkina Faso-based partner IRSS assessed how family planning was being integrated into MNCH and nutrition programs ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Niger INSPiRE Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Nutrition Source Type: news

More Countries Now Using mHero to Boost COVID-19 Response
August 20, 2020More countries are using mHero to tackle theirCOVID-19 epidemics, including to monitor the health of their frontline health workers, speed up communications between ministries and the front lines, and boost surveillance and response for COVID-19 and other disease threats.During any disease outbreak, real-time communication between national health authorities and frontline health workers is critical to protecting health workers and saving lives. IntraHealth International’smHero application—a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that connects ministries of health and health workers&mdas...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Digital Health Technology Mobile Technology Health Workers Source Type: news

IntraHealth Honors the Memory of Esther Lydia Nandala, Our Colleague in Uganda
August 06, 2020We at IntraHealth International are mourning the loss of our colleague Esther Lydia Nandala. She died on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, while giving birth.Esther was a data assistant working with the IntraHealth-ledRegional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project. She was a hardworking and caring team member at the government health facilities she supported, including Bupoto Health Center III, Buwabala HCIII, and Bunambale HCIII in Namisindwa District in Eastern Uganda. " No mother should have to die in childbirth. "“We’re joining Esther’s famil...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Uganda Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-East) Maternal and Newborn Health Source Type: news

In Tanzania, Drivers Help Deliver HIV Services in More Ways than One
By Kija Nyalali, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, IntraHealth International, Tanzania A Tohara Plus project car passes through a marketplace, distributing leaflets and flyers on HIV prevention in the field. The driver uses a speakerphone mounted on the car to raise community awareness about services available at the nearby health facility and outreach sites. Photo by Josh Estey for IntraHealth International.July 30, 2020When IntraHealth International’s ToharaPlus team received new guidance last year that we should aim to achieve 80% of our annual targets in just 50% of the time, we knew it would take the wh...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Source Type: news

2020 IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Explore Global Health in the Age of COVID-19
July 29, 2020Four new IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill summer fellows completed their projects in gender-based violence, data, and reproductive health this month.Since 2010, IntraHealth and UNC have teamed up to offer graduate students hands-on experience in the field of global health at an international nongovernmental organization—and to strengthen IntraHealth’s work by inviting fresh perspectives and ideas from students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and, beginning in 2019, the UNC School of Nursing.This year’s fellows graduated fr...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2020 Reimagined
July 22, 2020 Chapel Hill, NCTo safeguard the health and well-being of our speakers, staff, and attendees from across the globe from COVID-19, IntraHealth International has made the difficult decision to cancel our SwitchPoint 2020 in-person conference in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, this September.In lieu of a gathering in person this year, our team will host a series of highly creative and interactive virtual gatherings, designed to engage an influential global network and featuring many of the speakers and performers who were lined up to participate this year. SwitchPoint Exchange events have taken place in th...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kmelton Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

COVID-19 Puts More Women and Girls in Danger from Abusers
By Mariana AndreuJuly 22, 2020Since COVID-19-related lockdowns began, gender-based violence (GBV) has increased globally.More women areconfined at home with their abusers, more are afraid to go to health facilities because of COVID-19, andfewer are able to report violence safely without their abusers knowing. In countries that have long had low rates of gender-based violence,reports of domestic violence have increased. France has seen a 30% increase, Argentina 25%, Cyprus 30%, and Singapore 33%. In Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, demands on domestic violence response, hotlines, and e...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Gender Equality Source Type: news

COVID-19, Decolonizing Global Health Top of Mind for Global Health Students Today
By Morghen Philippi Today's global health students grapple with the legacy of colonialism in global health. Photo by Clement Tardiffe for IntraHealth International.July 22, 2020As COVID-19 started to rattle the world this year, countless strangers, acquaintances, and friends commented to me,“What an interesting time to study global health.”In May, I finished my first year of a Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health. I agree—both the global pandemic and other seismic shifts, including amplified calls for decolonizati...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 IntraHealth-UNC Summer Fellows Source Type: news

IntraHealth, Frontline Health Workers Coalition Urge US Policymakers to Maintain WHO Ties
July 15, 2020IntraHealth International joins theFrontline Health Workers Coalition in urging US policymakers to restore the US’s affiliation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and to cease moving forward on terminating the relationship.On July 6, the Trump Administration began the year-long process to officially terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization. This decision threatens global health security and will impede the US and other countries in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and other critical health needs.“We are strongly opposed to this decision,” saysPolly Dunford, ...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: COVID-19 Policy & Advocacy Global health security Source Type: news

5 Adaptations that Keep Family Planning Available During West Africa ’s COVID Response
By Molly Rosett, Program manager, IntraHealth International ; Fatimata Sow, Communications and program manager, the Challenge Initiative, IntraHealth International A health worker offers family planning counseling in Senegal, before the pandemic. Since COVID-19, more people are hesitant to visit health facilities, and many health workers in West Africa are concerned about a drop in access to services. Photo by Cl ément Tardif for IntraHealth International.July 09, 2020As governments in francophone West Africa turn their focus to COVID-19 pandemic response, the already-limited number of qualified health workers...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 World Population Day Source Type: news

To Succeed, Global Pandemic Response Must Bolster Nurse Leadership and Challenge Widespread Gender Inequities
By Vince Blaser, Former senior advocacy& policy advisor, IntraHealth International, and director, Frontline Health Workers CoalitionJuly 06, 2020There are massive gender inequities in nursing leadership around the world and the gains made in the past are at risk of being rolled back by COVID-19 pandemic.This is what Mary Nandili, director of nursing services at the Kenya Ministry of Health, told hundreds of participants last month ina virtual event led by IntraHealth International, Nursing Now, and Johnson& Johnson. “In terms of leadership, males are still predominant,” Nandili said.“Over 6...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 Nurses Source Type: news

New Tool Helps Organizations Prepare for Africa's Rapidly Evolving Health Work Landscape
July 21, 2020A new analysis commissioned by IntraHealth International is helping organizations better prepare for the inevitable surprises of the future—and to explore how those surprises might shape Africa’s future health workforce needs.We published a report just before COVID-19 became a global pandemic and began to shape the future in real time.Read:The Future of Health Work in Africa: What Will It Look Like in 2040?“We wanted to explore what health care—and the health workers that provide it—could look like in the coming decades,” says Polly Dunford, IntraHealth’s president and...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Health Workforce & Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

Mali and Kenya Use Data to Forecast Health Workforce Needs for COVID-19
July 01, 2020Ministries of health can strengthen and prepare their health systems to respond to theCOVID-19 pandemic by predicting how many health workers and hospital beds they need and where they need them. In Mali and Kenya, IntraHealth is helping the governments do just that.Together, we’re using data fromiHRIS,Demographic and Health Surveys, and other national information systems to apply World Health Organization (WHO) models that help countries:Identify populations at risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19due to underlying conditions such as HIV, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and advanced age.Model the timing...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Kenya Mali COVID-19 Digital Health Technology HRIS Human Resources Management Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

What ’s the Future of HIV Care in Central America, During and After the Pandemic?
By Katherine Seaton, Former editorial officer, IntraHealth International ; Yadira Villase ñor, Chief of party, Central America HIV Care and Treatment Project and regional director, Central AmericaJuly 01, 2020In Central America, closures and shutdowns related toCOVID-19 have left many people—including those who live with HIV—unsure about where to pick up medications or how to get the health services they need.Yadira Villaseñor leads IntraHealth International’s work in Central America. She sat down with us to talk about how the region and its frontline health workers are tackling the pand...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 IntraHealth ' s 40th Anniversary Source Type: news

Here ’s What We’re Doing to Make IntraHealth the Antiracist Organization We Strive to Be
By Polly Dunford, President and Chief Executive OfficerJune 18, 2020Themurders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black Americans—on top of generations of systemic oppression and trauma in the US—are unacceptable. They should not and cannot be normal. My colleagues at IntraHealth International and I are outraged and anguished. Most of all, we are determined to act.So we’re taking a good, hard look at ourselves. We’re an organization that’s committed to equality, equity, justice, and respect. We staunchly oppose racism. But we’re seeing that we have a long way to ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

Despite Peace Agreement, Violence Takes a Toll on Health in the Central African Republic
By Hannah Webster, Former advocacy communications intern, IntraHealth InternationalJune 11, 2020For people living in the Central African Republic, life since 2012 has been defined by civil war, violence against civilians, an overwhelming need for humanitarian aid, and persistent attacks on clinics, health workers, and patients. Given the hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians, rampant murder and sexual assault, consistent impunity of human rights violations, and little leverage by the government and international peacekeeping organizations, theUnited Nations has deemed the situation a large-scale humanitarian ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Global health security Health in Conflict Source Type: news

New Report: 1,200+ Incidents of Violence Against Health Care in 2019
This article was originally published by theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Global health security Health Workers Source Type: news

Covid-19 Is Not Gender-Neutral
By Andrea UlrichJune 09, 2020As people around the world continue to face the effects of COVID-19, academic institutions and government policymakers are turning to data more than ever to understand the scope of the crisis, anticipate its spread, and formulate policy decisions.One example of existing high quality, real-time data is theJohns Hopkins’ COVID-19 dashboard, which has expanded as a data resource as the crisis grows. While policymakers and experts are relying on these resources, it is crucial to understand what information is being captured and what is not, as making decisions with incomplete or faulty data h...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Source Type: news

Leveraging the Power of Digital Technologies and Data Systems against COVID-19
By Rebecca Saxton-Fox; Jaclyn Carlsen; Merrick Schaefer; Adele Waugaman Photo by Sarah Grile for USAID.May 26, 2020How can digital technologies and data best be leveraged to support the COVID-19 response in low- and middle-income countries?Recent efforts to fight the pandemic demonstrate the incredible power that digital technology offers as we rise to face unprecedented global threats and support partner countries’ on their journey to self-reliance.To fight the spread of COVID-19, information is critical. Responders and decision makers need detailed and timely data about the disease’s spread, and communities...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Ebola Digital Health Technology Mobile Technology Source Type: news

Frontline Health Workers Abroad Help Protect Us —Let’s Support Them
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International ; Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 22, 2020Here in North Carolina, we all know someone who works in health care. Maybe there’s a nurse in your family, a physician, a data clerk, a pharmacist.These“frontline health workers” are in the spotlight right now as they face unprecedented dangers during every shift they work.Frontline health workers are literally putting themselves on the line—at great personal risk—to respond to COVID-19, stop its spread, and save their patient...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Infectious Diseases COVID-19 Advocacy Health Workers Source Type: news