Author Archives: IntraHealth

Karamoja’s Mothers and Children Reap the Benefits of Health Systems Investments

June 22, 2017 A remote region of Uganda sees dramatic improvements in health services and outcomes. Jane Atim smiles and smooths the skirt of her crisp blue uniform as she ushers us into the maternity ward, excited to share what the night brought. Morning light warms the walls of the room where Veronica Munges, 19, swaddles her healthy six-pound baby—a boy, named Tatelo. Jane shows Veronica, a first-time mother, how to breastfeed before turning to the two other women who gave birth overnight—Clara, 37, and Paulina, 34.  The first day of life is the riskiest of all for infants and mothers, especially here in Uganda’s Karamoja region.

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Community Health Workers: Forgotten No More

June 21, 2017 A new global campaign is pushing for salaries, benefits, and formal employment for these crucial health workers. They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and plains, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles. They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry bags of tablets, syrups, and health information materials.

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IntraHealth and Partners Prepare to make 5-Year Plan for Health Employment a Reality

June 19, 2017 The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a five-year plan to massively scale up education and training for health workers in low-income countries, thanks in part to intensive advocacy efforts by IntraHealth International and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. The announcement on May 25, during the 70th World Health Assembly, set in motion a plan to avert the projected global shortfall of 18 million health workers that could occur by 2030—and to improve global health and create jobs in the process. Delegates from 194 Member States agreed that more of their governments will make financial commitments to their health workforces; many will make these pledges at the upcoming Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in November. The Working for Health plan is an unprecedented milestone for the global human resources for health movement, and comes just one year after the WHO adopted the first-ever global health workforce strategy, Workforce 2030. The UN Secretary-General’s High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth created the plan based on its findings that the global demand for health workers will double by 2030, leading to a potential shortfall of 18 million health and social service workers, primarily in low- and middle-income countries

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Infant HIV Testing Soars from 30% to 94% in Northern Namibian District

A health worker tests an infant for HIV in northern Namibia. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International. June 07, 2017 The number of infants tested for HIV in the northern Namibian district of Nyangana skyrocketed over the past year—from 29.3% to 94.4%—thanks in part to a new tracking system developed by IntraHealth International. IntraHealth nurse mentor Rightwell Zulu and district monitoring and evaluation officer Felistas Shindimba were part of the team of health workers at Nyangana District Hospital who developed the system to test nearly every baby born to HIV-positive mothers in the district. Their goal is to prevent HIV transmission in all babies in the district, and to start HIV-positive babies on treatment as soon as possible.

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Report: Global Health Boosts North Carolina Economy by $3.7 Billion, Supports 26,000 Jobs

IntraHealth International is one of over 220 organizations in North Carolina that work to save lives and improve health in more than 185 countries. Photo by Georgina Goodwin for IntraHealth. June 06, 2017 The global health sector in North Carolina contributed $3.7 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, or about $370 per person, according to a report released today by the Triangle Global Health Consortium and RTI International. This makes global health comparable to other major sectors in the state, the authors says, such as arts/entertainment/recreation and farming. IntraHealth International is one of over 220 organizations in North Carolina that work to save lives and improve health in more than 185 countries.

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Through Bullets and Bombs to Reach Health Care

June 02, 2017 In conflict areas around the world, health workers like Patrick in South Sudan continue to risk their lives to do their jobs.   “There were guns, bullets, and bombs everywhere,” says Patrick Hakim, a clinical officer in South Sudan. That was the scene around Juba last July after fighting broke out at the presidential compound between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO) forces. Amidst the country’s already horrific and brutal conflict, Patrick says those two weeks were characterized by widespread terror.

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Humanitarian Innovation, Global Health, and Technology Collide at SwitchPoint 2017

The world looks a little different at the Virtual Reality microlab. Photo: IntraHealth International. June 01, 2017 Want to know everything that happened at SwitchPoint 2017? You’ll find it here. SwitchPoint

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IntraHealth International to Lead $64.8 Million Project, Reach 5.7 Million Ugandans with…

Family members stand outside their home in Karamoja. The vast region is home to a mostly pastoral population of 1.2 million and suffers from extreme poverty, food insecurity, and low health services coverage and use compared to other parts of Uganda. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International. May 30, 2017 Through a new $64.8 million, five-year award from the US Agency for International Development, IntraHealth International will help the government of Uganda expand access to and use of high-quality health services across 23 districts. The initiative, called the Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-East) activity, will reach some 5.7 million people in Eastern Uganda and Karamoja with services for HIV/AIDS; malaria; tuberculosis; nutrition; maternal, newborn, and child health; and more

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Keeping Babies HIV-Free

May 26, 2017 This team of health workers in northern Namibia is determined to test 100% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers. And they’re almost there.  Squinting in the hot northern Namibian sun, a man smartly dressed in a nurse’s uniform greets us with a warm smile. Rightwell Zulu, or “Dr. Zulu,” as he is affectionately called by his colleagues, is a nurse mentor at Nyangana District Hospital in Namibia.

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A Message to the US Congress: Do the Right Thing

May 25, 2017 The Trump Administration’s FY2018 budget proposal and other proposed policies would leave us all vulnerable to health threats. We at IntraHealth International are alarmed by the troubling signals sent by President Trump’s Administration this week, including the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. We believe the proposal would lead to a deterioration of American leadership in global health and development and have a devastating impact on the health and security of people around the globe. In the past week, the Administration has: Proposed a 26% decrease in global health funding at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State, including the proposed complete elimination of funding for family planning; Publicly released guidance for its expansion of the Global Gag Rule, which is expanded by 15 orders of magnitude and, for the first time, affects nearly all global health-related United States (US) government-funded programs—the result of which could leave millions of people around the world without access to the full range of essential reproductive health services as well as basic primary health care services; Continued its review to reorganize and possibly eliminate global development federal agencies and programs, including USAID, which has played a vital independent role in leading America’s development and global health efforts for more than 50 years. American leadership over the past few decades has been critical to moving the world toward the possibility of zero preventable maternal and child deaths, an AIDS-free generation, global health security, and global access to voluntary contraception and other essential medicines and supplies

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Health Workers, Facilities Under Attack in 23 Nations; UN Accused of Inaction

May 24, 2017 Even one attack on a health worker is one too many. In 2012, two Pakistani health workers were out vaccinating children against polio when they were both shot by extremists. One of them died. The other, shot in the leg, had 11 metal rods inserted into his leg and was hospitalized for three months. In November, I met this remarkable man named Latif (his surname is withheld to protect his security)

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A Clean Bed, Anesthesia, and Other Small Comforts We Can Give Mali’s Moms

May 23, 2017 An assessment of health facilities found entire wards devoid of equipment and supplies. We can do better. Can you imagine walking into a hospital room, pregnant and scared, and seeing broken medical monitors, stained beds, and sticks being used as IV poles? For many women in rural Mali, this is a reality—and one of the only alternatives to suffering at home, away from the watchful eyes and skillful hands of trained health workers.

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Nurses and Stories Are a Powerful Combination

May 20, 2017 In Uganda, one nurse is changing the face of nursing leadership. Meet Samalie. Samalie Kitooleko wants you to know that nurses are independent professionals who undergo years of education and do not simply take orders given by doctors. She should know. She’s one of them.

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Through the Pharmacy Window

May 19, 2017 Meet Elina Nantinda, one of a new generation of health workers who are turning the tide of Namibia’s HIV epidemic. “When I was in grade 8, I was into two things: fashion and medicine,” says Elina Nantinda, a 25-year-old pharmacy assistant in rural Namibia. “So I decided to study hard. I thought, ‘It would be so nice to work with medicine and to know more about yourself and how medicine works in your body.’” Today she runs the pharmacy at Omuthiya District Hospital’s HIV clinic in northern Namibia, dispensing antiretroviral medicines to a hundred clients per day, on average.

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