Obstetric Fistula and Mental Health: From Tanzania to Mali
By Melissa Watt, Associate Professor of the Practice in Global Health, Duke UniversityMay 22, 2019Data from a pilot study in Mali are helping the country provide more holistic fistula care to women and girls.Like most global health researchers, I want my work to have the broadest possible reach and greatest possible impact. That ’s why, when I had the serendipitous opportunity to partner withIntraHealth International to share the lessons I ’d learned through my obstetric fistula research in Tanzania, I jumped on it.Obstetric fistula results from prolonged obstructed labor or a perforation made during a caesar...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Obstetric Fistula Mental Health International Day to End Fistula Source Type: news

How Local Fistula Training Helped Prevent an Ebola Outbreak in Mali
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalMay 23, 2019Investing in local expertise has far-reaching impacts on health. Here ’s a powerful example.When a little girl showed up at the hospital in Kayes, Mali, in 2014 with what seemed to be symptoms of Ebola, no one wanted to touch her. Everyone was scared of becoming infected.But a pharmacist named Jonas Kamat é knew he could help.Kamat é had gone through an infection-prevention training that was part ofIntraHealth International ’s comprehensive fistula care program for the local health team in Kayes. OurFistula Mali team had trained health ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Ebola Obstetric Fistula Community Engagement Education & Performance International Day to End Fistula Global Health Security Workplace Safety Pharmacists S Source Type: news

IntraHealth ’s Jeanne Tessougué of Mali Honored as Heroine of Health during World Health Assembly
May 22, 2019Women in Global Health honored IntraHealth International ’sJeanne Tessougu é as a Heroine of Health Sunday during the 72nd annual World Health Assembly in Geneva. Tessougu é was one of seven women honored for their leadership in improving health care and advancing gender equality. The annual Heroines of Health awardshighlight women ’s major contributions to the global health care industry. Women currently hold 70% of jobs in the industry and contribute nearly $3 trillion to the health and social sectors,according to Women in Global Health, yet comprise a small percentage of global...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Mali Mali Human Resources for Health Strengthening Activity World Health Assembly Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

New Report: Mali Offers a Model Approach to Fistula Care in West Africa
May 20, 2019A new report byIntraHealth International describes the systems, practices, and partnerships that have led to Mali ’s remarkable success in addressing obstetric fistula among women and girls, even in the hardest-to-reach parts of the country.10 Years of Obstetric Fistula Care in Mali: A Case Study of Multisectoral, Holistic Treatment for Women and Girls comes on the heels of the Malian government ’sannouncement in March of major reforms in the country ’s health sector. By 2022, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta said, health services will be free for all pregnant women and children under 5, ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Mali Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Obstetric Fistula Community Engagement Human Resources Management Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy International Day to End Fistula Gender Eq Source Type: news

Door-to-Door Hypertension Care in Dakar Brings a Pervasive Public Health Problem to Light
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 16, 2019Many health workers in Senegal didn ’t know what hypertension was or how to treat it—until now.Fatima* felt terrible. She was having headaches and dizziness, and she was so tired.This went on for months. When she went to the local health facility in Podor —her tiny hometown in northern Senegal—they found that her blood pressure was high.“Stop eating so much,” the health worker told Fatima. “And don’t eat late in the day.”Fatima followed this erroneous advice. She ate all her usual foods,...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Better Hearts Better Cities - Dakar Noncommunicable Diseases Community Engagement Health Workforce & Systems Primary Health Care Community Health Workers Senegal Source Type: news

2018 a Year of Dangerous Attacks on Health Workers, Facilities
May 14, 2019 WashingtonThere were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the  Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the coalition reported 701 such instances.The coalition ’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers, and guards, in violation of international norms an...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

IntraHealth International CEO Pape Gaye to Transition to President Emeritus in 2020
May 08, 2019 Chapel Hill, NCPape Gaye is preparing to take on a new role as global recruitment for a new CEO is underway. Under Gaye ’s leadership, IntraHealth has:Grown its annual revenue from $20 million in 2004 to over $100 million in 2018.Expanded its workforce to 800+ in 2019.Improved health care and systems in more than 80 countries.Led global and regional coalitions and partnerships, including the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Safeguarding Health in Conflict, and the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit.Spearheaded innovations in health workforce training and performance, digital health, integrate...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

The Right Training and Equipment Save Tajik Triplets' Lives
By Khosiyatkhon Komilova, Communications specialistMay 02, 2019Meet the first surviving triplets in the history of this region of Tajikistan.Parvina Usmonova never planned to have five children.The 32-year-old gave birth to her first daughter at the regional maternity center in Balkhi, her home district in southwestern Tajikistan. However, the poor quality of the services led her to have her second daughter at home.In 2017, pregnant once again, Parvina was shocked to learn she was pregnant with triplets.“I didn’t know what to do, " she says. " I was sure that our district doctors were not capable of...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Quality of Care Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2019: Day 2
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalApril 26, 2019There ’s no stopping the changes coming to the development sector. But let’s be smart about them.Sometimes,Dai Hozumi says, innovation sucks.“We’re in sort of an innovation fever these days,” IntraHealth International’s chief technical officer said to the crowd today in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. “It’s one of the most common words I’ve heard here at SwitchPoint. As an MD, I have the right to diagnose your symptoms and I’m telling you, you have innovation fever.”It ’s ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2019: Day 1
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalApril 25, 2019It takes tenacity to work in global health and development. These folks have it.I ’m going to go out on a limb and guess that if you work in global health or international development, you might know what frustration feels like.Maybe the project funding cycle gets you down. Maybe you ’ve struggled with a public policy that hurts more people than it helps. It could be that you’ve grappled with shoddy data sets, or corrupt officials, or the fickle winds of politics that so often blow our efforts off course.You ne...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

We Need More Evaluation Criteria for Using Artificial Intelligence in Global Health
By Wayan Vota, Director of Digital HealthApril 24, 2019Wanted: Your input on a  new framework to assess the what, where, and how of using AI in global health.This year ’s technology buzzword is artificial intelligence (AI), which means you ’ve already been asked how your organization can incorporate AI and machine learning in your health programming. You may already be using aspects of AI to augment and enhance, not replace, activities such as running natural language chatbots and utilizing pattern recognition satellite imagery.Yet, as AI is such a new technology, there are few, if any, resources av...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

On the Hill to Advocate for and Honor Health Workers
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth InternationalApril 18, 2019World Health Worker Week was a time to  educate lawmakers on the tremendous impact of frontline health workers.During  World Health Worker Week 2019, frontline health workers and members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC) took to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to educate lawmakers and their staff on the tremendous impact frontline health workers have in their communities and to advocate for greater and more strategic investment in frontline health worker teams aro...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Leadership and Governance Policy & Advocacy World Health Worker Week Health Workforce Systems Nurses USA Source Type: news

IntraHealth CEO Pape Gaye Named 2019 Triangle Global Health Champion
April 16, 2019The Triangle Global Health Consortium has namedPape Gaye, president and CEO ofIntraHealth International, its 2019 Triangle Global Health Champion. Each year, the consortium recognizes one local leader ’s passion and dedication to global health. They chose Gaye as their 2019 champion because of his lifelong commitment to advancing the field.Gaye is a native of Senegal. Over the past 30 years, he has advocated for health workers, strong health systems, and access to health care for all. Today he oversees work in more than 40 countries to strengthen their health workforces and health systems.Under his lead...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2019 to Tackle Global Health Impacts of Misinformation, Immersive Tech, African Innovation, and More
April 15, 2019 Chapel Hill, NCHumanitarian experts and innovators from around the world will gather April 25 and 26 in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, for IntraHealth International ’s annualSwitchPoint conference. This year ’s lineup features speakers from throughout Africa, Central America, and the US, including:Toyin Saraki, founder and president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, who will be talking about women in the health workforce, maternal and child health, gender equity, and more.Leah Borromeo, creator of the Climate Symphony, which turns data on climate change into musical composition.Andrew Zolli, head...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Technology Advocacy SwitchPoint Gender Equality Source Type: news

In Tanzania, Local Champions Are Key to Preventing HIV in Adults
By Mary Goodluck Mndeme , Communications officer, IntraHealth InternationalApril 11, 2019They're the  bridge between their neighbors and the information and services that could help end the country's epidemic.Shaban Peter ’s father died when he was very young, leaving him—last born in a family of six children—and his mother behind.“I’m coming from a poor family,” says Shaban, who’s now 18 and lives in Ushetu District, Tanzania, in the same region where he grew up. “My mother couldn’t manage to send all of us to school. I can’t read or write, but that doesn&...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tohara Plus HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Youth Community Health Workers Tanzania Source Type: news

When Time Is Critical: How Involving Frontline Health Workers Can Improve Stroke Survival Rates
By Carmen Graffagnino, Neurologist, Duke Hospital ; Nilima Mehta , Philanthropy program manager, Medtronic Foundation ; Anne Katharine Wales, Senior philanthropy portfolio lead, Medtronic FoundationApril 09, 2019Here are three ways to change a system of acute care.April 10 started as an ordinary day for Sarah. But while eating breakfast, her husband noticed that her face had started to droop and she was unable to find her words. Immediately he called 911.Within 10 minutes, the ambulance arrived with emergency medical services (EMS), a segment of the local health system that recently became partners in a new regional ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Noncommunicable Diseases Education & Performance Private-Sector Approaches SwitchPoint Health Workforce Systems USA Source Type: news

The Journey of Arti Sah, a Midwife in Nepal
By CARE International; GSKApril 08, 2019“There is nothing bigger than the happiness I feel when a healthy mother leaves with a healthy baby.”Arti Sah works as a midwife at the Aambote health facility in  a remote community in Nepal. She completed her midwifery training, thanks to a CARE-GSK program that trains frontline health workers who are vital in bringing more and better-quality maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health services to women in rural Nepal. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: World Health Worker Week Midwives Nepal Source Type: news

Newborn Plans: Nurse Leader in Ghana Encourages First-Time Teen Moms to Take Charge of Their Lives
By Maryalice YakutchikApril 05, 2019Julia is one of countless health workers who go beyond their traditional roles to help clients when, where, and how they need it the most.Abura Asebu Kwanmankese District, Ghana  — Dorothy Nyarko gave birth at a local health facility on a Saturday and, under the watchful care of a vigilant midwife, returned home in time to take a high school entrance exam that Monday —which she passed.A mother at 17, Rejoice Agbedanu believed she could best secure her daughter ’s future by finishing high school at the boarding school where her aunt teaches. She enrolled, and now spe...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: World Health Worker Week Health Workers Nurses Ghana Source Type: news

For Underserved Populations in Tanzania, Social Service Workers Provide a Critical Link to Frontline Health Workers
By Kathryn UtanApril 04, 2019They ’re essential to identifying people in need and connecting them to care.Temeke is one of the poorest districts in Dar es Salaam. For people living there, it is difficult to know where to turn for health services, so community-based social service workers play a crucial role in identifying people in need and linking them to a broad range of psychosocial care and support services, as well as to medical care. Edithrose Moyo is one of those community-based social service workers. She works in the community  to provide care and support to the growing number of children who were orpha...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: World Health Worker Week Health Workers Social Service Workers Tanzania Source Type: news

IntraHealth to Work with Local African Partners on the Road to Self-Reliance and HIV Epidemic Control
April 04, 2019Through the US Agency for International Development ’s (USAID’s) $38.5 million Accelerating Support to Advanced Local Partners (ASAP) project,IntraHealth International will work with sub-Saharan African countries to rapidly prepare local organizations and government entities to serve as prime partners for USAID and US President ’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programming, including by strengthening their capabilities and resources to address HIV within their populations.The three-year contract, awarded by USAID, is one of four new global projects focused on meeting PEPFAR ’s...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Africa HIV & AIDS Human Resources Management Leadership and Governance Health Workforce Systems Management and Performance Source Type: news

From Malaria Prevention to Postpartum Family Planning, Midwives Are Changing the Story for Women in Rural Senegal
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalApril 02, 2019These health workers tell us what it looks like in practice.It was late at night during Ramadan when Fatou Mbaye had to make some fast decisions.A pregnant woman had just stumbled into Tanaf Health Post, where Fatou works as a midwife. It was clear the woman was sick. A quick examination pointed to preeclampsia, a dangerous elevation in blood pressure that can be fatal for both mom and baby.But what to do? The woman needed more specialized care than the little health post in Senegal ’s Goudomp district could provide. She needed the ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Neema Family Planning & Reproductive Health Malaria Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Policy Advocacy World Health Worker Week Gender Equality Health Workforce Systems Youth Midwives Senegal Source Type: news

Welcome to World Health Worker Week 2019
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalApril 01, 2019It ’s our favorite week of the year. Here are 8 ways to get involved.Health workers are at the heart of everything we do here atIntraHealth International. They ’re the core of our mission, the core of our 56 ongoing projects around the world, and the core of the very systems that provide health care for us all.So we ’re pumped. Because today marks the start of World Health Worker Week, a time of year when stakeholders around the globe come together to advocate for greater investments in frontline health workers worldwide.Here are 8 ways you c...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: World Health Worker Week Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

World Health Worker Week 2019 Marks Progress, Push for Universal Health Coverage
April 01, 2019As World Health Worker Week 2019 begins today,IntraHealth International and theFrontline Health Workers Coalition are celebrating our progress in strengthening health workforces and systems worldwide, while also advocating for new coordinated investments to address the most acute gaps in access to trained, supported, and safe health workers worldwide. IntraHealth serves as the secretariat for the coalition, which is an alliance of 41 public and private organizations.On the ground in 2018 alone, IntraHealth:Reached341,445 health workers through its projects and initiatives, including providingtraining for 26,3...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: World Health Worker Week Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

Independent Assessment of iHRIS First to Apply Principles for Digital Development
This report was produced with funding from the Digital Square Project/PATH under the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology HRIS Source Type: news

Senegal ’s New eLearning Platform Helps Prevent Service Disruptions as Health Workers Train
By Moussa Dia, Technical advisor for health systems performance, IntraHealth InternationalMarch 21, 2019Unlike other online platforms, it covers several areas of care and is useful for all types of health workers.en fran çaisMaty* is the only nurse in her remote village in Senegal. When she travels to the health district for training —which she must do frequently—it means there are no qualified medical personnel in her village to care for pregnant women, deliver babies, treat sicknesses, or respond to medical emergencies.If she ’s gone and her clients need help, they must either wait or go to ano...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Neema Digital Health Mobile Technology Education & Performance eLearning Management and Performance Nurses Senegal Source Type: news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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