Meet Gathari Ndirangu

When Dr. Gathari Ndirangu first started seeing patients early in his career as a physician in rural Kenya, he cared for a woman who labored for three days with a difficult pregnancy before she could get to the nearest hospital. By then, her unborn baby had died and her own life was in danger. He

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Dr. Gathari Ndirangu

Taking her care into her own hands, a student opts for self-injected contraception

Laetitia Tagnan, a student at the Norbert Zongo University (NZU) of Koudougou in Burkina Faso, dreams of a career as a diplomat. Optimistic, full of life and determined to achieve her goals, Laetitia, 24, devotes herself to her studies and takes precautions to avoid anything that will interfere with her plans, including getting pregnant. Self-injection

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Laetitia Tagnan

A Midwife and Ambulance to the Rescue

The frantic call from a nurse at the Koukoudé health post came in at 8 p.m. A woman in labor with twins had given birth to the first baby, but now, hours later, the second baby had not yet arrived. Immediately, Kalaya Kourouma, a midwife at the Boffa District Hospital in Guinea, alerted a district

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Impact Giving Makes a Difference

My health center, it is really bad. The ceiling collapsed, termites have eaten it up. Community members run away from the health center. The patients have refused to come. The pregnant women used to say, ‘We can’t come to have our babies in this place.’ It is very hurtful but there was nothing I could

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The Long Road to Eliminating Gender Violence

The Global 16 Days Campaign — now 30 years strong — seeks to encourage activism around gender-based violence (GBV) in the world of work. Jhpiego, meanwhile, is on the ground in Mozambique, aiming to prevent unintended consequences of development projects there. The campaign began November 25. From the start of a large-scale road construction project

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Helping Girls Realize Their Dreams

Lunzu, Blantyre District, Malawi — Alinafe Machilika had to leave high school before finishing her final year, dashing her hopes of becoming a nurse. Her family couldn’t afford the fees. The teen quickly married and soon had a baby, which left her wholly dependent on her husband. The couple fought, mostly about money. With little

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Families Ensure Success of Antimalarial Study in Rwanda

Participating in a study to determine the effectiveness of an antimalarial medication—a therapeutic efficacy study—was well worth the time and effort it took, says Jean Bosco Nzirorera, adding that his family has been healthy and malaria-free ever since. In 2018, Nzirorera, along with his wife Francine Uwimana and their son Ivan Ishimwe, who was just

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Supporting Liberia’s Fight Against Malaria in Bomi County and Beyond

Oretha Sondah, a registered nurse at Gayah Hill Community Clinic, has seen plenty of cases of suspected malaria in her small community in Bomi County of northwestern Liberia. The hills around her community used to be home to a thriving center of iron ore and diamond mining until it was destroyed by the 14-year Liberian

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Defeating Malaria, One Woman and One Bed Net at a Time

In Liberia, a country where malaria transmission occurs throughout the year, the Ministry of Health prioritizes the provision of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) to pregnant women during the course of their pregnancy. ITNs provide effective protection against malaria and have been shown to reduce malaria illness and death in high-burden settings. These protective benefits are

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Jhpiego Joins the WHO in Celebrating Approval of First-Ever Malaria Vaccine

Jhpiego’s Dr. Chris Morgan was in the virtual room October 6th when the World Health Organization made a historic announcement: approval of the first-ever malaria vaccine for children in areas of high transmission. For a public health expert who has worked for decades at the intersection of immunization and malaria treatment, it was an incredibly

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Malaria vaccine

Midwives Support Self-Care

Devoted to partnering with women—to being “with women,” which is the very meaning of midwife—midwives are keen to showcase the ways in which their role upholds and promotes self-care. The connection between health care providers, such as midwives, and self-care may not be immediately apparent if one sees self-care as separate or in opposition to

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Integrating Malaria Database into the National Health Management Information System (HMIS) – a Strategy to Improve Data Quality in Malaria Service Delivery

Jhpiego supports national malaria programmes (NMP) across 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to implement evidence-based malaria service delivery interventions in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation (SME). Priority interventions include insecticide-treated nets, intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), seasonal malaria chemoprevention, malaria case management, and improving data recording and use at service delivery points

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Burkina Faso

Antenatal Care Outreach Improves the Lives of Pregnant Women

Long distances between homes and health facilities made it nearly impossible for pregnant women in some areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to receive the care they needed to protect themselves and their unborn babies from malaria. That’s where community health workers (CHWs), supported by the Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPTp) for

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TIPTOP-Trained Lay Community Counselors Promote Actions for an Optimal Pregnancy

Nineteen-year-old Diolista João is a mother of four living in the Maririmo community in Meconta District, Mozambique. During her first three pregnancies, João only visited the health facility for an initial antenatal care (ANC) consultation to get a prenatal booklet and mosquito net, and then gave birth at home. All three children were low birthweight

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Peer Educators: A Key to Ending HIV

As a peer educator for the Jhpiego-supported Gateway Project in Malawi, John Banda* spends nights and weekends scouting Ngabu area bars, sports fields and other community venues, looking to help men in need of HIV prevention or treatment services.   Drawing on his own experience as a gay person living with HIV who, since 2017, has benefited from antiretroviral therapy (ART), the 34-year-old is publicly open and insistent about knowing one’s serostatus and seeking lifesaving care. With homosexuality against the law in his country, John’s work is sensitive.  The aim of this work is preventing and reducing the transmission of HIV, particularly in key

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Malawi

Spotlight: Liberia

When Emma Vah, 40, visited the Careysburg clinic in Montserrado County, Liberia, for antenatal care, she received comprehensive quality services related to the prevention of malaria in pregnancy (MIP).   Malaria is endemic in her country, with transmission occurring year-round, and pregnant women like her are at great risk of severe disease and death. Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) is recommended to prevent the adverse outcomes of malaria for mothers and their unborn children. However, uptake of this intervention has

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Antenatal care

Preventing HIV amid the Pandemic

Cape Town, South Africa – Nurse Nomajama Nomnganga dons the gloves and apron she’ll wear during the first circumcision surgery of the day. On the other side of the surgical bed, Nokuzola Dyonase, also a professional nurse trained to do minor surgery, arranges sterile forceps, needles and gauze. For this pair of nurses at Jhpiego’s

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HIV Awareness

A Decade of Progress

ExxonMobil Foundation’s 10-year partnership with Jhpiego in Chad and Cameroon began as an inspired effort to prevent malaria in pregnant women in three small districts along the petroleum pipeline. Over the decade, the initial project grew in scope and success. Health workers in key areas improved their skills to prevent and treat malaria, community education

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A Pandemic Delivery in Central Kenya: It’s Less Complicated Now

Waiting at Waita Joyce Makasi was in the midst of a perfect storm of pregnancy and pandemic. She was in labor, growing weak, and in need of a cesarean delivery. Daunting and dangerous as that situation might be in normal times for any woman living in in central Kenya’s Kitui Province, Joyce’s predicament was further

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Meet Dr. T — An Advocate for Aligning Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

In between tweeting with teens, seeing patients at her Johannesburg clinic and carrying out her mandate as Special Rapporteur on the right to health as appointed by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng wrote a book—Dr. T: A Guide to Sexual Health & Pleasure—that one grateful reader

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