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Health Workers in Rural Tanzania Find a Connection in the Health Network Programme
March 29, 2017Our team traveled to the Lake Zone ' s remotest facilities to find out how users can get more from HNP.“As you can see, my boss and I are the only two health workers serving at this facility,” a nurse named Martha told us at a local dispensary in Tanzania’s remote Geita region.“I normally take charge of the facility in his absence,” she said. “It has always been a challenge reaching out to him for assistance in such moments. Due to lack of airtime credits, sometimes I just beep his number and wait for him to call back.”We talked with over 1,000 health workers like Martha.Our team was in Tanzania...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Trump ’s Budget Would Set Back Global Health and Triangle Jobs
March 27, 2017In addition to affecting our safety, cuts to federal programs would ripple through our global health community here in North Carolina.This post originally appeared in theNews& Observer.President Trump ’s proposed budget would have a profound negative impact on the health of people around the world—including those in both our country and our state.The administration ’s proposed budget makes significant cuts to global health and development funding, including an 18% cut to the Health and Human Services budget, a 29% cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), an...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

UNC Student Josie Caves Granted the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award
Under the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award, Josie Caves will contribute to the academic body of knowledge related to fatal intimate-partner violence. Photo courtesy of Josie Caves.March 23, 2017The 2017Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award has been granted to Josie Caves, a doctoral student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. The award will support Caves ’s research on the differing factors that contribute to intimate-partner violence that manifests as homicide as compared to homicide/suicide.IntraHealth Internationa...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

For Midwives in Togo, Counseling Clients on Contraceptives Is Often a Balancing Act
March 22, 2017Voluntary informed choice  is personal and complicated.When Mrs. Iwu arrived at the maternity ward at Atapkame Regional Hospital in Togo, she was bleeding heavily —experiencing her second miscarriage. It may have been the result of multiple closely spaced pregnancies.At 43, Mrs. Iwu had seven children between the ages of 20 months and 10 years.Despite the risk that she might become pregnant again too soon, Mrs. Iwu left the health center without a contraceptive method.Culturally, she is expected to have children with the new husband or she will not be accepted in the family.“She did not want a method bec...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How Mobile Technology Is Transforming Lives in Rural India
March 21, 2017Women health workers in rural India  are using a mobile app to educate pregnant women about maternal and neonatal danger signs.This post originally appeared inTechCrunch.Deep in a rural village in India outside the city of Jhansi, children play on dirt roads where goats and cows roam. The humble and colorful homes have mud floors, and women collect drinking water from wells.All the sights and sounds are quintessential aspects of the region, with the exception of one feature —the use of smartphones to save lives. In this village, women healthcare workers, known as accredited social health activists (ASHAs)...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

At the Farmers ' Fair, Growers Display Foods for a Healthier Tajikistan
March 17, 2017Health workers are reaching beyond their health facilities to educate  communities on the power of food and water.Food and water —can’t live without ' em. They are two of the most basic necessities for a healthy life, and yet793 million people around the world remain undernourished and780 million people don ’t have access to clean drinking water.We ’re working to change that.IntraHealth International’sFeed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity (THNA) is helping health workers educate their communities about the power of food and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) so they can change...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

International Aid Is More than Altruism
March 09, 2017Our free gift to unnamed strangers keeps us all safer and the world a bit more stable.Decades ago, Richard Titmuss, a renowned British sociologist, wrote a book calledThe Gift Relationship: From Blood to Social Policy, comparing blood transfusion services in Britain and the United States. He found that if donors were paid for their blood (as many in the US were at the time), there was a temptation for those who knew their blood was not safe for donation to give it anyway, leading to a less-safe stock of blood supplies that had cost more to produce.That conclusion alone led to much heated transatlantic debate....
Source: IntraHealth International - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

FUNZOKenya Helps Train 15,864 Health Workers, Improves Health Worker Education for the Long Haul
One of the over 9,330 students to receive low-interest loans through the Afya Elimu Fund. Photo by Georgina Goodwin for IntraHealth International.March 09, 2017Nearly 16,000 health workers in Kenya received updated training in HIV, maternal and child health, family planning, and other critical health areas, thanks to regional training hubs created byFUNZOKenya, a project funded by the US Agency for International Development and led byIntraHealth International.The training hubs demonstrated a 38% increase in cost-efficiency over typical trainings by shifting the venues away from expensive hotels and hosting them instead at ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

The Female-Dominated Health Sector Needs More Women
March 07, 2017It ' s time to provide women with more opportunities and support in the health sector.A lot has changed in health care since Peter Abwao grew up in a rural village in Kenya. Back then you couldn ’t use a cell phone to beckon a health worker in the middle of the night. There was no website a parent could consult about a child’s symptoms, and electricity in rural health facilities was exceedingly rare.But much remains the same since that night in 1986 when young Peter ran through darkness to rouse Winifred, the local nurse, to tend to his baby sister. Young boys are still afraid of the dark and growling dog...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

5 Women Who Are Using Robots, Data, Fashion, and Tech to Transform Global Development
March 07, 2017A bold new generation of women is guiding the future of global health and development. You ’ll meet some of them at SwitchPoint.During tough or uncertain times —and they certainly are that for global health and development these days—we like to look to our heroes.We ’re talking about those who rally under pressure. Who light their various corners of the world with hard work and noble objectives. Whose ideas are surprising and inspiring, even if they’re not widely known yet.Chief among our heroes are the women and men we ’ve invited to speak atSwitchPoint 2017. It ’s a two-day global event where ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

For One Health Worker, Childbirth Proved More Dangerous than Ebola
March 06, 2017Salome was one of 830 women around the world who died that day from problems related to childbirth.Liberian nursing assistant Salome Karwah was a woman, a sister, a wife. She also was a health worker and a survivor of Ebola who saved many lives during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in her country.She survived Ebola, but nearly three years later, she did not survive complications after childbirth.WhenTIME magazine chose to honor Ebola fighters as the “person of the year” in 2014, Salome ’s photo was on the cover. AtIntraHealth International, we felt gratified that health workers, and our mission of improving t...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

At One Namibian Hospital, Shorter Lines, Healthier Clients
March 02, 2017In remote northern Namibia, Onandjokwe Hospital is becoming a national model for bringing health care to people where they live.Just a few years ago, if you ’d visited northern Namibia’s Onandjokwe Hospital to, say, get a refill on your HIV meds, you’d have had to sit in line for an average of 8 or 9 hours.“You had to wait for your name to be called at reception, then to have your BMI measured, then to have blood drawn, then HIV counseling, and then wait up to five hours at the pharmacy,” says nurse Ruusa Shipena, the ART (antiretroviral therapies) supervisor at Onandjokwe’s Shanamutango HIV cli n...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

One Family ’s Quiet Quest for Namibia’s HIV-Free Generation
March 01, 2017A community health worker ’s two daughters both share their mother’s air of calm, but only one shares her HIV status.It ’s delicate work, talking with clients who’ve stopped taking their HIV medicines, says Loide Iikuyu, a community health worker at Onandjokwe Hospital in remote northern Namibia.“I talk with them so peacefully,” she says. “You must talk, slowly by slowly, to find out what are the reasons they are defaulting on their medications.”Part of Loide ’s job is to seek out clients who, according to Onandjokwe Hospital’s records, have stopped coming in to collect their HIV meds. And...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Global Health Is an Investment We Can ’t Afford to Pass Up
February 27, 2017As a career physician, I ' ve seen modern medicine rescue people from the brink of death. But major gaps remain.This column originallyappeared in STAT on February 22, 2017.Thanks to the help of a skilled health worker, a newborn finally takes its first breath in Uganda. A man living with HIV in Swaziland successfully suppresses the virus in his bloodstream. A car crash victim in Malawi receives the critical care he needs.More than at any time in history, good health for all is a real possibility. The technology, scientific advancement, and remarkable understanding of disease now available to the medical a...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Five Investments Countries Can Make for Healthier People and Economies
February 23, 2017By pooling our resources and know-how, we can help solve the health workforce crisis —and build stronger economies.There is a crisis in our global health workforce. A looming shortage of18 million skilled workers stands between us and the promise of universal health coverage —and the economies it could help stimulate.But how do we recruit more smart, capable workers to this field around the world? How do we make the most of the health workers we have? And how can countries build the fit-for-purpose workforces they need to foster healthy, productive populations, which are a must for economic growth?I s...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Winifred, a Health Worker On Call
February 13, 2017She was known simply asOmusirishi—“the one who treats”—in my village. She was known simply asOmusirishi—“the one who treats”—in my village.This was Winifred, the village nurse whose status was akin to that of a chief. She knew every corner of the village and was revered by everyone there and in neighboring villages. You would rarely find her in her home because most of her time was spent moving from house to house, attending to people with ailments ranging from malaria to cholera to burns to snake bites.My mother was not about to risk losing her youngest daughter.One day when I was about t...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

This We Believe
February 10, 2017We atIntraHealth International believe that all people deserve access to the best health care possible.We believe that access to modern contraception and reproductive health services is the foundation for gender equality the world over.And we believe that supporting health workers who provide family planning services is among the most effective ways to save women ’s and children’s lives—and reduce poverty.    As an organization committed to strengthening access to health care, we ’re concerned about what’s in store for global health, especially family planning services. For more than 35 years,...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

A Window onto the World of Social Science Research
February 07, 2017Social science and the future of health care go hand-in-hand, but it ' s an underappreciated partnership.We live in a moment when social science research is often misunderstood or even just absent from public-policy discussion (let alone conversation at most dinner tables). Although many people are engaged in investigating our world —backed by federal, foundation, or private funding—research results end up in peer-reviewed journals that are not widely circulated outside of professional research and academic circles.It ’s tragic that the innovative efforts social scientists make to study people are of...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

7 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2017
January 24, 2017This year, our annual list from IntraHealth International is filled with abundant  uncertainty, and a cautious hope for progress.This post originally appeared onHumanosphere.In 2017 new developments, new leaders, and new threats promise to tug the reins of global health organizations and send us off in unexpected directions. In fact, we ’re already feeling the road change beneath us.This year,  IntraHealth International ’s annual list of global health issues to watch is filled with abundant uncertainty, and cautious hope for progress. These aren’t the only issues on our minds, of course—global mi...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Technology to the Rescue: App Helps Health Workers in Uttarakhand Improve Efficiency
January 18, 2017In India, one state is vigorously testing how mSakhi can help frontline health workers better serve its most challenging district.As the election dates have just been declared for Uttarakhand along with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur, this is as good a time as any to shine a spotlight on an exciting initiative Uttarakhand has embarked on.A new state formed in 2000 (which is fairly young in the Indian federal scheme of things), and its challenges are unique. From limited revenue sources (tourism, its mainstay, has taken a hit since the 2013 flash floods; hence it is dependent on central assistance m...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Salaries for Women in Health Care Still Come Up Short
January 10, 2017Four  proactive approaches health care organizations can take to boost overall standing and salaries for women in health care.January 11 is International Parity at Work Day, and organizations around the world struggle to bridge the gap between salaries and work conditions between men and women. In no place is this gap more significant than the health care industry.PerModern Healthcare, although 8 out of 10 professionals in the United States health care industry are women, 9 out of 10 CEOs in the health sector are men. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women account for 91.1% of nurses, 72.5% of h...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

IntraHealth International ’s Top Ten Stories from 2016
December 22, 2016From the dramatic transformation of the health system in a Kenyan county to the women at the intersection of health and technology, we ' re looking back at our most popular stories from 2016.As we wrap up the year at IntraHealth International, we know the old idiom, “change is the only constant in life,” will definitely ring true in 2017.Changes in global health can be particularly dramatic. Ebola refocused resources and took over headlines in 2014. Zika followed suit in 2015. In 2016, we watched in horror as the last functioning hospitals in East Aleppo were destroyed.And those are just the headline g...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

New Foundation to Govern Expansion of iHRIS Health Workforce Information Systems
An iHRIS workshop in Uganda. Photo courtesy of Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.December 13, 2016 Chapel Hill, NCThis week IntraHealth International announced  the launch of theiHRIS Foundation, a new structure to manage the continuing growth of theiHRIS platform of open source health workforce information systems software and the global community that supports it.Developed by IntraHealth with funding from USAID beginning in 2006, iHRIS is now used by 24 countries to manage over one million health worker records. Health sector leaders use iHRIS data to inform decisions related to addressing health workforce sh...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

To Achieve #HealthForAll We Need Health Workers for All
December 11, 2016Universal health coverageisabout the money —the cost of reaching people with health care and the human and economic costs of not reaching them.But it ’s really about people—those who need care and those who provide it.It ’s about the people stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty caused by medical bankruptcy when they can’t afford health care but often are too ill to work. And it’s about the health workers and the support they need to reacheveryonewith essential health care.Health care is an investment, one that pays off not only in saving lives and improving the quality of life, but also in buil...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Stand Up For Human Rights by Fighting Fistula
December 10, 2016Obstetric fistula is an especially important example on Human Rights Day 2016 because it is an underrepresented and often unheard of condition that affects a population that is also underrepresented and unheard: impoverished women.Over 2 million women around the world are living with obstetric fistula. So why haven ’t you heard of it?A fistula is a hole that forms between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged or protracted labor. It results in incontinence of urine and/or feces, pain, and more for the mother and, most often, stillbirth.Up to 100,000 women develop fistulas each year.Fi...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: cbales Source Type: news

WASH Works, So What Are We Waiting For?
October 13, 2016October 15 is Global Handwashing Day and the theme is “Make Handwashing a Habit!” That ' s great. But what if the only water you have to wash with is dark brown?You arrive at the health post in Southern Province, Zambia. It ’s the closest facility of any kind for 100 kilometers (or four hours by car on the rough and rutted terrain). Your bum hurts from all the bumping.Stepping out of your vehicle you see large rocks, nothing green. It ’s the dry season, after all, and this year’s been especially bad as the rains started much later than usual.You find out the wells have dried up, too. That ’s wha...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Can Uttar Pradesh Improve Its Health Care Indicators with mSakhi?
This article originally  appeared in  Newslaundry and can be accessed here. ByByBiraj Swaindigital healthmaternal, newborn,& child healthcommunity health workersIndia (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - December 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Meet the Health Workers Who Are Leading Us to an AIDS-Free Generation
December 01, 2016These are the people and ideas we ’ve got our eyes on this World AIDS Day.It ’s easy tosay that an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence —after all, it isn’t.We have antiretroviral therapies to keep viral loads down,PrEP to keep new infections from happening, and a greater understanding of how to manage and prevent the virus than ever before. We know that people who live with HIV today can do just that —live.But that doesn ’t erase the fear the diagnosis brought for many of the2.1 million people infected last year. Or the stigma. Or the lack of access to the health services and medicines ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

In Juba, Women Are on the Front Lines Fighting HIV —and the Stigma Still Attached to It
November 30, 2016HIV peer group leaders and members dedicate their time and energy so children, women, and families around the world can get the HIV care they need." If not for Rita*, I would ' ve been dead and buried years ago. "That ’s what Grace* announced to me and eight women from her HIV peer support group. We sat in the dim light of Rita’s thatch-roofed home, each woman hip-to-hip in a circle.Grace has been " living positively " (her own words) for close to a decade. She first met Rita, the group ’s leader, through a home-based care initiative initially funded by the South Sudan Red Cross Societies.Her family ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Young People in West Africa Are Leading Their Own Movement for Family Planning
November 28, 2016They ' re role models, advocates, and watchdogs. And they ' re making their expectations clear.The designation of “youth ambassador” may have started as a simple title, but as I witnessed at the Civil Society for Family Planning (CS4FP) Regional Workshop this month, it has grown to symbolize a movement.Since 2011, theCS4FP project has engaged dynamic, dedicated, impassioned young people from across francophone West Africa as family planning youth ambassadors. They ’re tasked with educating and mobilizing their peers around reproductive health and family planning in particular—what it is, what it is...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

mSakhi Reaches Moms and Babies in India ' s Remotest Villages
November 21, 2016We ' re teaming up with CaringCrowd to bring lifesaving care to hard-to-reach families through a mobile app for frontline health workers.For many of us, the word “crowdfunding” conjures images of tech startups or hipster bakeries, working around the traditional financing model to make their business visions a reality.But crowdfunding holds great potential for nonprofits, too —in fact, we are uniquely positioned to finance innovative projects and programs by reaching a variety of different audiences with our most compelling stories and personal, customized appeals for small donations.AtIntraHealth Int...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Vasectomy as an Integral Option for Family Planning in Kenya
November 18, 2016Kenya is taking steps to address its health workforce shortage and the gender imbalance in contraceptive availability and use. One of the most effective methods of family planning is little known, most underutilised, and remains undocumented in Kenya.Vasectomy is a highly effective, convenient method of permanent contraception for men but myths discouraging its adoption have flourished.In general, lack of information, inaccessibility of services, and a widespread desire to have more children have prevented many men in Kenya from becoming involved in family planning.Men must become more engaged in family p...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Loan Program Brings Peace of Mind to Kenya ’s Aspiring Frontline Health Workers
November 17, 2016All Mercy Wangui Kariuki ever wanted to be was a nurse.  Asthma remains the most common chronic disease among children and affects235 million people worldwide.In Africa, myths associated with the condition mean children and adults struggle not only with the health challenges associated with asthma but also from societal stigma. Bringing up an asthmatic child is a challenge for the parents, and very humbling for the child.It is from her experience growing up as an asthmatic child that Mercy Wangui Kariuki draws her passion for becoming a nurse.As I grew up, all I wanted was to be a nurse.“The tender care...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Micronutrients Could Have Macro Effects for Health and Nutrition in Tajikistan
November 01, 2016A major new undertaking could help solve serious nutrient deficiencies in the country.In Tajikistan, the poorest country in Central Asia,up to 35% of women of reproductive age are anemic. About 70% are deficient in folic acid.  These deficiencies lead to serious problems in pregnancy and delivery, and if they are not addressed, an estimated $878 million will be lost over ten years in added health care costs and reduced economic productivity.We ' re supporting a major undertaking for the country: the production of micronutrient supplements in Tajikistan.Iodine deficiency is another problem. Over 53% of chi...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Under a Shade Tree in Mali, Women with Fistula Recover Together
October 17, 2016Mariam caught my attention early on.She was quiet unless spoken to, her demeanor proud —almost stoic. She had a slow, shy smile that occasionally broke through when someone tried to make her laugh. She had attended our previous fistula repair campaign, accompanied by her mother, and had experienced a few episodes of severe agitation.This time Mariam was alone, because the rest of her family needed to work in the fields.The team of health workers here at the Koulikoro referral health center in Mali last month firmly believes Mariam has an undiagnosed mental health disorder, which is exacerbated by the ad...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

IntraHealth Awarded $123 Million to Improve Health Care and Fight Disease around the World
October 18, 2016Major new awards from the US government, foundations and the private sector are expanding  IntraHealth International' s impact globally as it strengthens health systems, addresses the health worker shortage, and fights disease around the world.IntraHealth partners with countries and organizations to build health systems that are resilient and ready to provide the care their populations need. These new awards, which exceed  $123 million, will expand its work in integrated primary health care, health workforce support, HIV, advocacy, and more. New initiatives funded since July 1, 2016, include:Integrated S...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Out-of-School Youth: Often Forgotten in Reproductive Health Programs
October 24, 2016Social media is a powerful tool for engaging youth. But in Burkina Faso, young family planning advocates realize it can ' t be the only tool.The Family Planning Youth Ambassador Program in Burkina Faso focuses on raising awareness about family planning and reproductive health services among our country ’s youth. We’ve engaged a lot of young people on the topic, but, as this testimonial from a young woman named Chantal shows, we were unintentionally leaving out many young people, namely married adolescents and out-of-school youth. “We’ve been speaking more and more about the sexual lives of adolesce...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Tohara Plus to Provide HIV-Prevention Services to More than 412,000 Tanzanians
Client receives preventive HIV servicesOctober 17, 2016Through a new five-year award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  IntraHealth Internationalwill strengthen and scale up a comprehensive package of high-quality, safe services for voluntary medical male circumcision among adolescents and adult men in Tanzania, thereby reducing recipients ’ risk of contracting HIV through heterosexual intercourse by at least 60%. The work will focus on adult men aged 15-29 in order to have the most immediate impact on the epidemic.Today about  1.4 million Tanzanians live with HIV, or 5.3% of adults. More than ha...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Contraception Is a Collective Effort
September 25, 2016Elle reports on the progress Senegal has made increasing the use of contraceptives —and the pioneers making it happen.Family planning in Senegal is not a novel idea, but asElle recounts, effective strategies to make contraceptives accessible and affordable have been hard won, and only recently. After decades of stagnant progress, Senegal put reproductive health and family planning at the center of its national health agenda in 2012.Elle reports that the country now sets aside $680,000 and $1.7 billion annually for contraceptives and related health workers, respectively, with encouraging outcomes. In j...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

It ’s Not Just for Women, You Know: 5 Ways for Men to Get More Involved in Contraception
September 25, 2016When it comes to who ’s using contraception, we aren’t even close to 50-50. It ’s pretty clear that at a basic level, men are just as involved in the act ofconceptionas women are. But when it comes to who ’s usingcontraception, things aren ’t even close to 50-50.Women have upwards of 10 modern methods of contraception they can use. There are caps and rings, patches and sponges, diaphragms and female condoms and improved fertility awareness methods. Oral contraceptive pills that come in three categories, including an extended-cycle version. Injectable contraceptives that last for one, two, or th...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Quality Improvement Approach Increases Use of Contraceptives among Postabortion Care Clients in Togo
November 08, 2016Five health facilities in Togo drastically improved family planning services for and increased use among clients seeking care for postabortion complications, thanks to IntraHealth International ’s signature quality-improvement approach:Optimizing Performance and Quality. These results were published this fall inGlobal Health Science and Practice.Before the intervention, only 31% of postabortion care (PAC) clients received family planning counseling, and, of those who did, 37% accepted a contraceptive. During the intervention period, 91% of clients received counseling, and 60% of those women opted to use ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

To Tackle Noncommunicable Diseases, We Must Invest in Frontline Health Workers
November 14, 2016A new policy report explores the challenges we face in addressing NCDs, and offers recommendations to overcome them.Cancer kills more people in low- and middle-income countries than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosiscombined. In Kenya, for instance, it ’s thethird-leading cause of morbidity. The country ’s government wants to make cancer screening a priority in all its public health facilities, though a shortage of health workers who are trained to conduct the screenings hasslowed down their efforts.And around the world, emerging health crises such as SARS, Ebola, and now Zika often leave health systems sc...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

New Project in Kenya Will Bring Health Care to the Country ' s Most Vulnerable
October 12, 2016Through a new five-year, $37.8 million award from the US Agency for International Development,  IntraHealth International and its partners will strengthen health professional training programs and health workforce management systems throughout Kenya to help the country improve the health of its citizens.One of the greatest challenges Kenya ’s health sector faces is ensuring that all its citizens, including the most vulnerable, have access to well-trained, professional health workers. The project will focus on building the health workforce Kenya needs in 27 counties with high HIV disease burdens, in acco...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

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Source: IntraHealth International - November 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: nmcteam Source Type: news

Quality Improvement Approach Increases Use of Contraceptives among Postabortion Care Clients in Togo
Five health facilities in Togo drastically improved family planning services for and increased use among clients seeking care for postabortion complications, thanks to IntraHealth International’s signature quality-improvement approach:Optimizing Performance and Quality. These results were published this fall inGlobal Health Science and Practice.Before the intervention, only 31% of postabortion care (PAC) clients received family planning counseling, and, of those who did, 37% accepted a contraceptive. During the intervention period, 91% of clients received counseling, and 60% of those women opted to use a contraceptiv...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

IntraHealth Awarded $123 Million to Improve Health Care and Fight Disease around the World
Major new awards from the US government, foundations and the private sector are expanding IntraHealth International's impact globally as it strengthens health systems, addresses the health worker shortage, and fights disease around the world.IntraHealth partners with countries and organizations to build health systems that are resilient and ready to provide the care their populations need. These new awards, which exceed $123 million, will expand its work in integrated primary health care, health workforce support, HIV, advocacy, and more. New initiatives funded since July 1, 2016, include:Integrated Service ...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

IntraHealth Awarded $123 Million to Improve Health Care and Fight Disease around the World
Major new awards from the US government, foundations and the private sector are expanding IntraHealth International's impact globally as it strengthens health systems, addresses the health worker shortage, and fights disease around the world.IntraHealth partners with countries and organizations to build health systems that are resilient and ready to provide the care their populations need. These new awards, which exceed $123 million, will expand its work in integrated primary health care, health workforce support, HIV, advocacy, and more. New initiatives funded since July 1, 2016, include:Integrated Service ...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Tohara Plus to Provide HIV-Prevention Services to More than 412,000 Tanzanians
Through a new five-year award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,IntraHealth International will strengthen and scale up a comprehensive package of high-quality, safe services for voluntary medical male circumcision among adolescents and adult men in Tanzania, thereby reducing recipients’ risk of contracting HIV through heterosexual intercourse by at least 60%. The work will focus on adult men aged 15-29 in order to have the most immediate impact on the epidemic.Today about1.4 million Tanzanians live with HIV, or 5.3% of adults. More than half of those infected are women, and 91,000 are children. A...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Tohara Plus to Provide HIV-Prevention Services to More than 412,000 Tanzanians
Through a new five-year award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,IntraHealth International will strengthen and scale up a comprehensive package of high-quality, safe services for voluntary medical male circumcision among adolescents and adult men in Tanzania, thereby reducing recipients’ risk of contracting HIV through heterosexual intercourse by at least 60%. The work will focus on adult men aged 15-29 in order to have the most immediate impact on the epidemic.Today about1.4 million Tanzanians live with HIV, or 5.3% of adults. More than half of those infected are women, and 91,000 are children. A...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 17, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New Project in Kenya Will Bring Health Care to the Country's Most Vulnerable
Through a new five-year, $37.8 million award from the US Agency for International Development, IntraHealth International and its partners will strengthen health professional training programs and health workforce management systems throughout Kenya to help the country improve the health of its citizens.One of the greatest challenges Kenya’s health sector faces is ensuring that all its citizens, including the most vulnerable, have access to well-trained, professional health workers. The project will focus on building the health workforce Kenya needs in 27 counties with high HIV disease burdens, in accordance...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news