Gonda, India (July 2015) — 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 (AS
Nabunturan, Philippines—Jessa Mae wasn’t breathing. She was born prematurely one evening at the Nabunturan Rural Health Unit, and the local health officer advised her parents to prepare for the worst. Jessa Mae’s heart rate was low, and though the birth attendant had placed the baby a
Tukucha, Nepal—As we entered Tukucha village, the force of the earthquake was readily apparent—the sides of houses had collapsed into piles of rubble, brick and dust. Some homes appeared to be teetering on a precipice of shifting sand. Others had gaping holes where walls once stood. A
Dr. Kusum Thapa, Jhpiego’s technical leader, Upendra Dhakal and I traveled to the village, located about 50 miles outside of Kathmandu, the epicenter of the 7.9 quake, to assist the GFA Consulting Group, funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft Sur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in asses
Mithi, Pakistan—For years, Lateefan Chandio fought for permission to attend an all-boys primary school—the only option for education in her village. Her parents agreed, but it wasn’t a smooth road for this young girl from a poor family in rural Pakistan.
By Yasmeen Akhtar and Sadaf Gul | Contributors: Mobina Fatima and Hammad Habib
Malakwal, Pakistan—For Riaz Bibi, giving birth was an arduous, painful experience that led to severe bleeding and weakness, which compromised her overall health. Her first three children were born at home with the help of a traditional but untrained birth attendant. She recovered from
General Santos City, Philippines—Wella Taniola never expected to be a mother at age 21. She was unprepared and clueless about how best to stay healthy for herself and her baby.
And she’s not alone. Of the 1.2 billion adolescents in the world today, 88 percent live in low- and middl
By Sandhya Limbu and Chandra Rai | Contributor: Kusum Thapa
Kathmandu, Nepal—For the first time ever, physicians and nurses in Nepal will be able to attend on-the-job training to repair obstetric fistula, a complication of birth that leaves women incontinent and social outcasts.
Jhpiego and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have wo
Kathmandu, Nepal—The Government of Nepal is working to change a code of silence that surrounds gender-based violence (GBV) by establishing guidelines and protocols for health workers who are on the frontlines of care for women.
Labuhanbatu, Indonesia—A crying baby is often a cause for concern rather than for celebration. But for 18-year-old Suriyana, hearing her baby cry was a treasured moment of celebration.
In April 2014, Suriyana, just 36 weeks pregnant, went into preterm labor.
The road ahead was b