Dismayed by the incidence of post-surgery sepsis among patients, especially following cesarean sections, Dr. Martin Buhamizo and a team of co-workers set out to rid the operating room and maternity ward of infection. They received a powerful assist from a General Electric Foundation-funded quality assurance project that has a record of preventing infection and saving lives.

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When Mary Issaka, Jhpiego’s 2010 International Midwife Champion of the Year, returned home to Ghana from last year’s award ceremony in Washington, D.C., she used her newfound fame to inspire midwives across her country.

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Jaway Wharf, Ghana – In the one-room health post in Jomoro District, two nurses conferred about their newest client—a girl brought there by her mother. The child had a 104-degree fever and the health care providers were intent on helping the girl. In this western region of Ghana, malaria is endemic and the nurses had seen such high fevers before in suspected cases.




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