Peer Power

Leah and her husband

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Gender Parity = Better Health

In Mozambique, an adolescent searches for a way out of the isolation of young pregnancy. In Guinea, a mother, abandoned by her family, looks to her community for help. In Nepal, a woman subjected to brutal beatings by her husband seeks relief through the support of a trained community health volunteer. Gender inequality can put

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A Nurse Finds Her Niche

Beth Wamai

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Nurse Beth Wamai

A Lifesaving Recipe

Leah and her husband

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LEah and her husband

Joining the Club in Côte d’Ivoire, Where HIV Is Just Another Chronic Disease

When Amoin Agnès Akou learned she was HIV-positive, she worried—to the point of considering suicide—that people would find out. Even as she sought treatment, she kept her HIV status secret. Until recently. “My three grown-up children do not know I am HIV-positive,” she divulged during a health club meeting at the Centre de Santé Urbain

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At the Center of Primary Health Care

Nurses Protect Girls from the Leading Cancer Killer of Women in Tanzania.

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Malaria Begins and Ends in the Community

Community health workers are at the frontline, bringing health services that otherwise would be inaccessible in villages and rural areas. They intimately understand the communities they serve and are instrumental in improving access to—and demand for—basic health services, including malaria prevention as part of comprehensive maternal and child health services for the pregnant women, who are among the most vulnerable to malaria.

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Onwe Ujunwa, TIPTOP Malaria Officer

A Son’s Challenge to Save His Mother’s Life

Dr. Melkam Bave Agegenehu, a promising young surgeon at Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital in Bahir Dar, recognized the challenges faced by staff at the busy hospital in the Amhara Region of northern Ethiopia. But when his mother became gravely ill, he quickly learned that a lack of supplies and other disparities at the health facility could even prove fatal for his aged parent.

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Safe Surgery Initiative Launched in Ethiopia

The Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has launched the Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP) as part of the second Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian government. The HSTP has set ambitious targets toward realizing the sustainable development goals and identified four transformation agendas: Quality and Equity, Woreda Transformation, Information Revolution and Compassionate, Respectful and Caring (CRC) health workforce.

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Tanzania Reaches 800,000 Men with VMMC Services

Tanzania’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program, AIDSFree, has made incredible progress since its inception in 2009. In partnership with John Snow Inc., under U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsorship, Jhpiego is working with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to rapidly expand the provision of high-quality, client-centered VMMC

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Repairing Fistula, Restoring Hope

A difficult labor left Kadiatou Diallo with the pain of stillbirth and the shame of fistula. Surgical repair services at Guinea’s Kissidougou Hospital offered her healing and hope.

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Skilled, Resilient Nurses Save Lives in Mozambique

The government of Mozambique, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, builds a strong health workforce that delivers lifesaving care to women and families.

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Sauti project delivers HIV medicine to rural communities

The Sauti project, led by Jhpiego in partnership with with EngenderHealth, Pact and the National Institute for Medical Research-Mwanza, provides a community-based service to bring HIV medication to clients who have been taking ART for at least six months, report good adherence and show minimal levels of the virus in their blood or suppressed viral load. The initiative is part of the government of Tanzania’s commitment to provide quality health services to its citizens, especially those who live in remote or rural areas, reduce the transmission of HIV and, ultimately, save lives. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funds the project through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Healthcare worker with patient

Midwives Matter in Strong Health Systems

Skilled, competent midwives are critical to reducing maternal and newborn deaths. The partnership between the USAID-supported Strengthening Human Resources for Health Project and the Ethiopian Midwives Association has led to improved curricula and skills building for midwifery students.

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Improved Quality of Anesthesia Education Saves Lives

The USAID-funded Strengthening Human Resources for Health (HRH) Project has been supporting health sciences universities and colleges in Ethiopia to improve the quality of education for anesthetists and other health providers, including developing faculty skills, strengthening infrastructure, revising curriculum, improving clinical education, establishing a quality improvement system, and initiating gender transformative activities.

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Sticking giant needle in back

Partners for Improved Health

USAID, Jhpiego and the Ethiopian Midwifery Association have worked to strengthen the capacity of midwifery teaching institutions and increase the number of graduating students in midwifery by promoting the profession. Without these efforts, the current status of the midwifery profession would have been difficult to reach.

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Midwife laying a newborn on a hospital bed.

eLearning gets A-plus in Ghana

With the Ghana Ministry of Health eLearning Secretariat, the U. S. Agency for International Development’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), led by Jhpiego, has been deploying an eLearning platform called Moodle to midwifery and nursing schools across the country to great success.

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Leave No One Behind: Test and Treat for HIV

Thyolo, Malawi — As a mother living with HIV, Jane Edward recognized that her family might be at risk for the virus. She knew her husband and children needed to be counseled and tested for HIV, and that they should also start on treatment if they tested HIV positive. But despite her encouragement, getting her

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Nurse at desk updating records.

When Women Bare Arms to Prevent Pregnancy, They Should Not Feel Stuck

The demand for contraceptive implants is up, with more women getting the long-acting protection that they want. This means, of course, that there’s going to be a greater need for providers who are confidently able to remove the tiny, thin rods, about the size of a matchstick, when women decide that they want them removed.

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Rwandan Community Health Worker Is Vital Part of Health Care Delivery

Through programs supported by the Maternal and Child Survival Program, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development, the number of women receiving or maintaining a modern family planning method in Rwanda increased from 384,805 in 2015 to nearly 500,000 today.

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