Timeline

1972

JHPIEGO WAS FOUNDED

JHU’s Dr. Theodore M. King received a grant to educate health providers from low- and middle-income countries on advancements in reproductive health technology, an effort that birthed Jhpiego.

1979

FIRST IN-COUNTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS BEGIN

Start of first in-country training programs in Tunisia, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand and the Philippines.

1988

FOCUS ON HEALTH PROVIDERS

Increases emphasis on nurses/midwives and education of students in health professions.

1999

BEGINS WORK ON MALARIA

Begins work on malaria in pregnancy, projects in Kenya and Burkina Faso.

2010

PARTNERSHIPS FOR INNOVATION

With institutions and corporations, Jhpiego’s innovations advanced new paradigms for global health—from improved PPE, to hands-on training models and new cryotherapy techniques.

2021

REACHES 5 MILLION MEN WITH VMMC

More than 5 million men and youth across sub-Saharan Africa have reduced their lifetime risk of HIV infection.


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Celebrating a Golden Anniversary

FIFTY YEARS! I am thrilled and honored to celebrate Jhpiego’s 50th anniversary with you—five decades of reimagining the delivery of health care to improve the lives of women, men, and families across 155 countries. A half century of innovations, progress, and lives saved.

Transformational change does not happen overnight. It’s seen over decades, in the thriving health systems of countries such as Rwanda, the community delivery of antimalarial drugs to pregnant women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesliethe efficacy of a daily pill to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV among the most vulnerable in Kenya, or the power of self-care to prevent thousands of women in Afghanistan and Nepal from bleeding to death after giving birth at home, and so much more. The impact we have achieved together is extraordinary.

From the outset, Jhpiego believed in a world that ensures the most basic human right—health. Equitable, respectful, quality health care for all. We are committed to that vision and thankful for the governments and leaders who invited us on this journey and remain our trusted partners today.

A simple, guiding principle drives Jhpiego’s work: where there are healthy women and families, there are healthy communities. We began as a small nonprofit (with an unpronounceable name!) with a clear mission: increase access to quality family planning services. In the decades since, our portfolio has evolved beyond family planning to include safe pregnancy and childbirth; preventing and treating women’s cancers; combatting malaria, HIV, and TB; and expanding access to immunization and safe surgery.

One billion people now live in the communities we serve, and Jhpiego’s work reaches women, men, adolescents, and children in mountain villages, coastal towns, and sprawling cities. Working collaboratively with local governments, Jhpiego partners with policymakers, professional associations, and civic groups to move a country’s agenda forward. We’ve championed millions of health care providers worldwide, set the bar for a higher standard of health care in strengthened health systems, and secured healthier futures for women and families on four continents.

As public health needs shifted, we advanced our mission through education, innovation, and adaptation. Today, our focus is on primary health care in pursuit of universal health coverage. Eighty percent of people’s health needs across their lifetime can be addressed with community-led, client-centered, primary health care. In confronting the first pandemic in a century, our global team helped prepare primary health care providers to meet the challenge of immunizing thousands by sharing our expertise and responses to natural disasters, political instability, and other threats to global health security.

The nurses, midwives, physicians, and community health workers with whom we work have made possible our goal to “reach the unreachable.” They prove that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, and that if we listen first to those who know their communities best, the result of our efforts—together—can be remarkable.

I’m thinking of Rujina Khatun, a midwife in Bangladesh who encouraged a frail, pregnant woman she met to come to her facility for antenatal care, eventually helping to deliver the woman’s healthy baby girl and counseling her on family planning. Or the calm assurance of nurse-midwife Christine Apio, from Uganda, who resuscitated triplets who weren’t breathing at birth. Eulalia Francisco Mateo, one of the first women on her local health commission in Guatemala, compassionately describes her work helping women have safe pregnancies: “Just as I would like to be treated and cared for, so I treat the women in my community.”

When the pandemic hit, these deep community roots, along with our close working relationships with ministries of health in 40-plus countries, proved transformational. Our expertise in education and training, infection prevention and control, systems strengthening, and use of technology allowed Jhpiego to deftly reimagine our work in the midst of lockdowns and surges. Engaging local partners and the private sector in supporting stronger health systems helped ensure that families received essential health care services despite the crisis.

Two decades of work in HIV prevention and treatment also informed our COVID-19 response and the vaccine rollout in 18 countries. These efforts included vaccine delivery to hard-hit communities in Baltimore to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives in our own backyard.

Lasting change doesn’t come from the outside; it must be led by communities and the local organizations they support. Our partnerships to foster community-led change have only grown stronger in the shared belief that a healthy, self-determined citizenry is best equipped to overcome today’s challenges and embrace tomorrow’s opportunities.

This golden anniversary, equity remains at the heart of all Jhpiego does. We continue to ask: How can lifesaving services reach everyone?

The answer, we believe, is by putting women, men, and their families at the center of their health care decisions. Empowered by Jhpiego’s transformative tools and interventions, Jhpiego-supported families offer the best hope for advancing healthy, resilient communities. It’s their vision that can secure a future in which where a person lives no longer determines if they live.

Most sincerely,

Leslie Mancuso

President & CEO

“I’m incredibly hopeful as I look back on the tremendous progress we’ve made in the past few decades…efforts by the countries and the women themselves under the U.S. government’s flagship maternal, newborn and child health projects over the last 15 years give me great confidence, joy and pride in the work we do at Jhpiego.”

Koki Agarwal | Vice President, Jhpiego

“I draw inspiration from my Jhpiego colleagues in every country. Everyone I have the opportunity to talk to genuinely care about the health of their country people, and the need for increased global solidarity to stop preventable illnesses. That is true north for me.”

Tigistu Adamu | Chief Medical Officer, Jhpiego

“That’s been a fundamental tenet of how Jhpiego has succeeded: to make sure that practitioners understand the evidence base from which smart innovations and smart interventions can be done.”

Harshad Sanghvi | Former Chief Medical Officer, Jhpiego

“In every country where we worked, it is necessary to partner with the administrator of health in the country…since Jhpiego, in all the countries we work in, does not provide direct services. We’re there to build sustainable systems in countries who can carry out the work that we introduced.”

Ron Magarick | Former Vice President, Jhpiego

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To ensure that women receive the care they deserve, Jhpiego prioritized respectful maternity care activities in more than 15 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia.
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