Pavan Kumar lives with his wife Shashi and their two children — a 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy — in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda District. Gonda is a high-priority district for health interventions. In this community, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) visit families and provide basic health care information including the latest methods in family planning.

In support of this new initiative, implemented by Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) with support from Jhpiego, Reverend Kamau, of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. Luke’s Gatina Church in Dagoretti, Nairobi, explained his choice to plan his own family. He relayed his personal experience as one of 13 children, a situation that led his mother to struggle to take care of him and his siblings.

Kisumu, Kenya - When Silper Agandi, a cleaner at the Tupange-supported Migosi Health Centre, received an invitation to a training session on family planning, she was sure there had been a mistake.

A concerted effort by community leaders and health workers makes a difference in strengthening anti-malaria activities in an area of the Rift Valley province. A consortium of partners—including Jhpiego—helped the residents of Subuku help themselves.

In India, one million babies are born in slums each year. Health conditions and services for such children are already marginalized. A Q&A with Jhpiego’s South Asia expert Dr. Nabeel Akram explores the impact of the ever-increasing urbanization of Asia on the health of slum dwellers.

Jane Otai understands the challenges faced by women and families in two Nairobi slums because of her life experience. Through her professional work, she has helped women take control of their families’ health, and these communities have become safer and healthier.

It’s early morning at Mwala Clinic in Kenya’s Eastern Province, and everywhere you look women and babies are crowded onto wobbly wooden benches. Mothers coddle and soothe infants, rearranging colorful blankets and knit caps, while toddlers lean against their mums’ bright cotton skirts. Many of these women have traveled dozens of miles to bring their children for vaccinations, and they expect to spend much of the day waiting in this packed room.

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