Author Archives: IntraHealth

Picture It: In Ranchi, For NCDs

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mSakhi App Adapted for Noncommunicable Diseases in Jharkhand, India

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, community health workers have been using mSakhi to monitor maternal and child care, conduct counseling, and more (above). Now in neighboring Jharkhand, frontline health workers are using the app to screen clients for diabetes and hypertension. Photo by Vijay Kutty for IntraHealth International January 12, 2018 The Department of Health of Jharkhand, India, is using the mSakhi mobile app as part of its ambitious program to screen clients in Ranchi district for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with a focus on hypertension and diabetes. One in four Indians is at risk of dying prematurely—that is, before the age of 70—from an NCD, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). India is the first country to adapt the WHO’s global monitoring framework to address NCDs by developing specific national targets and indicators to reduce the global number of related premature deaths by 25% by 2025

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Built on the Basics, Tutorat Is Quietly Revolutionizing Health Care in Senegal

January 11, 2018 Mentoring and coaching are the stars of this training and performance-improvement approach. Tutorat—the French word for “tutoring.”  Even the name of this training approach shirks the limelight. But it’s hard to argue with results, which are exactly what Tutorat has been delivering for health care in Senegal. When I sat down with one of the pioneers of this approach, Dr. Boniface Sebikali, IntraHealth International’s senior clinical advisor, it became clear that Tutorat is something special

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Picture It: Visualizing HIV Prevention in Tanzania

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Picture It: It’s a Small World, After All

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In Senegal, Family Planning Finds a Key Ally: Imams

January 05, 2018 As religious leaders come onboard, family planning is enjoying far wider acceptance. BEER, SENEGAL—The mosque loudspeaker crackles to life, just as it does five times a day, every day, in this quiet village just outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar. But instead of the typical melodious call to prayer, the voice booming from the minaret is all business. “If you are interested in learning about your family-planning options, please come to the health center immediately,” he begins in Wolof, the local language.

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Picture It: Health Camps Help Meet HIV Goals

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Zambia Expands Leadership Training Nationwide for Rural Nurses and Midwives

January 04, 2018 Last month, the Board of Education in Zambia approved a nationwide scale-up of the Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C) Certification in Leadership and Management Practice for all nurses and midwives who lead frontline teams in rural health facilities. This cross-cadre, continuing professional development program is designed to help facility heads manage effectively through team-based approaches that help them deliver high-quality, people-centered primary health care. Improving primary health care at the community level is crucial to achieving Zambia’s goal of universal health coverage, and the country has made significant investments in developing its community health workforce. In about 60% of rural facilities, a nurse or midwife functions as the facility head and oversees community health efforts.

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Picture It: Farmers’ Markets and Fairs

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7 Issues that Will Shape the Health Workforce of the Future

December 19, 2017 What will it take to build the ideal health workforce? There are 7.6 billion of us on the planet today. That’s 7.6 billion working adults, infants in diapers, nursing mothers, teens planning their futures, elderly people, and many, many more. We each have different hopes and requirements.

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Community Engagement is Improving HIV Prevention Programs in Tanzania

December 21, 2017 Community leaders are key to reaching men with voluntary medical male circumcision services. One afternoon in Masanwa village, in Tanzania’s Simiyu region, an old man showed up at the outreach clinic, seeking care for a wound. The facility he came to mainly provides voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC), which helps prevent the spread of HIV. His wound was unrelated to the facility’s usual services, but the VMMC technical advisor on duty struck up a conversation with him about male circumcision services in the village, with the hope of identifying potential new clients.

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Picture It: SwitchPoint DJ Battle: Robot vs. Human

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iHRIS Data Result in Savings for Kenya’s Kilifi County Health Sector

December 15, 2017 The county is now saving over $150,000 per year, thanks to data discrepancies revealed by iHRIS. In Kenya, the health workforce data provided through the integrated human resources information system (iHRIS) is turning fortunes around. When Kenya decentralized its health system management from one national hub to 47 individual county governments in 2013, young county departments of health found themselves struggling. They needed to identify, track, and monitor their workforces while facing looming staff shortages, labor disputes, and high recurrent expenditures in the form of salaries and allowances. Kilifi County was no exception

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Picture It: “Gender-Based Violence”

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