The other day I visited Lydia, a 56-year-old Maya woman who lives with her family in the highlands of Guatemala and has for many years Read More
Policy & Systems
It’s easy to say 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 the 2.1 million people infected last year. Or the stigma. Or the lack of access to the health services and medicines they now need. The social, emotional, and physical tolls of the virus continue to destroy lives, even as we develop new ways to save them.Stigma, for instance, is what kept Agnes’s husband from seeking care when he got sick
“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 called her a “walking corpse” and wouldn’t take her in. Grace credits Rita for keeping her alive in the worst of times.
“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 called her a “walking corpse” and wouldn’t take her in. Grace credits Rita for keeping her alive in the worst of times. Times when she couldn’t raise her arms to boil a pot of water for breakfast
The health workforce has a crucial position in healthcare, and effective distribution of the workforce is one of the critical areas for healthcare improvement.
Today, one of global health’s biggest challenges—and opportunities—lies in strengthening the markets that make health products, services, and technologies available to those who need them most. New global goals challenge us to work together to improve the health of all people by 2030. But we won’t reach those ambitious targets—and most importantly, save the lives […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?The politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breath ;
A quick swab of the mouth or prick of the finger. In just a few minutes, a doctor can tell if a patient has an infection or if the sample must be sent to a lab to deliver results within days. It’s a routine occurrence in doctors’ offices across high-income countries every day. But in […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?The politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breath ;
News Deeply: Family Planning Provides Backbone for Health Care Delivery in a Crisis Aileen Gleizer, policy manager at Marie Stopes International “…Family planning is critical for preventing unintended pregnancies, maternal and infant deaths, and unsafe abortions. Funding for international family planning enables the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),…More
After the initial shock of the 2016 election outcome, Washington, DC, is now in the throes of its new favorite sport: political armchair quarterbacking about what the new Administration and Congress will mean for various policy agendas. For those of us working in global health and development—and unlike in previous presidential transitions—little has been articulated […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breathDelivering new traditions for greater health ;
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is facing a critical shortage and maldistribution of health workers.
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, the CS4FP 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 isn’t, and how it stands to influence their futures.Family planning has real impact on economic growth and job creation—topics that speak directly to young people. But these ambassadors also play another, less obvious role. Through events like this workshop, they educate and influence people in power, including government officials, civil society members, and religious leaders.The impact of family planning goes far beyond greater health and well-being, civil society coalitions and youth ambassadors argue.
Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthMasentebale Letima, 23, (left) and other expectant mothers pass the time in the shade of the maternal waiting home in Nkau, Lesotho, in March. Help a poor woman stay in school, a recent study found, and her children are more likely to survive. Help a mother earn a couple extra dollars, and her kids will get a better education. Give a woman a loan and she is more likely than a man to repay it
BBC News: Nikki Haley: Does it matter that a U.N. ambassador has no foreign policy experience? P.J. Crowley, former U.S. assistant secretary of state “…Gaining international support for what America wants to do is all about politics