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A Life of Service: Insight into the life of a community health worker

The health sector in Zambia faces major human resources challenges, with a shortage of health care workers at practically every service delivery level. For example, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended establishment, Zambia faces a shortage of 9,271 nurses (a vacancy rate of 55%), 2,538 clinical officers (a vacancy rate of 63%), and 1,464 doctors (a vacancy rate of 64%) as of January 2010. To compensate for this critical shortage, like many developing countries with human resource shortages in the health sector, Zambia has utilized community health workers (CHWs) to alleviate the workload of delivering primary health care services for the few trained health care workers within the health care system, especially for the provision of basic preventive, health care promotion and curative health services in underserved rural areas. But how does one become a community health worker? Do they receive any formal training

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Health systems (part III), finance and leadership

From This Week in Global Health. Health systems (part III), finance and leadership – YouTube.

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Key Data Points for Guiding the Ebola Response

While the general strategies for Ebola control – community engagement, contact tracing, patient transport, lab diagnosis, and isolation with treatment – are clear, ensuring effective Read More

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Cholera Vaccine Stockpile Usage Successfully Prevents Outbreaks

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: In South Sudan, Vaccine Stockpiles Save Lives Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes about the successful use of the cholera vaccine stockpile, “managed by World Health Organization, International Federation of the Red Cross and Crescent, Médecins…More


WFP Begins Aid Delivery In Flood-Hit Malawi

U.N. News Centre: As Malawi reels from devastating floods, U.N. food agency delivers vital supplies “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the delivery of a first round of emergency supplies to more than 288,000 people in flood-affected Malawi, providing much needed relief amid continuing rains…” (2/23).


The impact of professional and organizational identification on the relationship between…

Background: Hospitals face increasingly competitive market conditions.


A Life of Service: Insight into the life of a community health worker

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The health sector in Zambia faces major human resources challenges, with a shortage of health care workers at practically every service delivery level. For example, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended establishment, Zambia faces a shortage of 9,271 nurses (a vacancy rate of 55%), 2,538 clinical officers (a vacancy rate of 63%), and 1,464 doctors (a vacancy rate of 64%) as of January 2010. To compensate for this critical shortage, like many developing countries with human resource shortages in the health sector, Zambia has utilized community health workers (CHWs) to alleviate the workload of delivering primary health care services for the few trained health care workers within the health care system, especially for the provision of basic preventive, health care promotion and curative health services in underserved rural areas. But how does one become a community health worker? Do they receive any formal training


Time savings – realized and potential – and fair compensation for community health workers in…

Background: Sub-Saharan Africa faces a severe health worker shortage, which community health workers (CHWs) may fill.


Health systems (part III), finance and leadership

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From This Week in Global Health. Health systems (part III), finance and leadership – YouTube.


Key Data Points for Guiding the Ebola Response

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While the general strategies for Ebola control – community engagement, contact tracing, patient transport, lab diagnosis, and isolation with treatment – are clear, ensuring effective Read More


10 Advances In Global Health, Vaccinations For 2015

Huffington Post: 2015: Full Speed Ahead Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015: 1. A fully-funded Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; 2. An end to the Ebola epidemic in…More


Gates Foundation reviews funding focus after criticism

The foundation aims to look less at technology and more at delivery to target polio and other diseases.


Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

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It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector


TFCH improves Maternal health in Nigeria with Solar Delivery Lights from Maternova, Inc.

Knowing the electricity challenges in our rural communities, women in labor and the midwives finds it very difficult during delivery of the newborn. Its been a trend that pregnant mothers are mandated to buy “Candles” as part of the listed items for delivery. The candle of course provides light in case labor comes at night. Where the mother is not able to buy the candle, the local lights known as “npanaka” used mainly by rural dwellers which produces dangerous fumes that causes carbon monoxide poisoning are regularly used. This local lights is known to be very dangerous to the health of the newborn , mother and health worker


Health workers’ experiences, barriers, preferences and motivating factors in using mHealth…

Background: Mobile health (mHealth) applications, such as innovative electronic forms on smartphones, could potentially improve the performance of health care workers and health systems in developing countries.


The Five Pillars of a Strong Global Health Brand

If there is one lesson I’ve learned from working at the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University these last few months, it is that the global health field is full of extremely intelligent individuals that are required to maintain expertise in a variety of interdisciplinary skills. GHD’s mission is to build a network of professionals dedicated to value-based health care globally, and they do this by creating public goods that give global health professionals an opportunity to learn the varied skills needed to deliver health care effectively and efficiently without letting the quality of care they provide diminish. Through their online virtual communities on GHDonline.org, GHD connects more than 13,000 global health professional to solve their real-time health care delivery concerns. Doctors have the opportunity to ask engineers the best way to structure a TB clinic to prevent the spread of infection to new patients, while health literacy experts can share their health communications plans. For this fellowship year, I am helping GHD with their marketing and development.


Cost-effectiveness analysis of a voucher scheme combined with obstetrical quality improvements:…

The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Uganda has declined significantly during the last 20 years, but Uganda is not on track to reach the millennium development goal of reducing MMR by 75% by 2015.


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