Jhpiego’s 2022 Annual Gala

LOS ANGELES, CA  – More than 400 people celebrated Jhpiego’s half a century of saving lives worldwide at its annual gala Monday that honored filmmaker Shawn Levy and his wife, Serena, and comedian Hasan Minhaj and his wife, Dr. Beena Patel Minhaj, for their commitment to quality health care for all. Dr. Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego’s

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Crossing the Last Mile in Sierra Leone

Gibrilla Sillah knows what it’s like to be sick. The 35-year-old routinely felt achy and fatigued; he had headaches and mouth sores. So, earlier this year, he went to a nearby clinic in Lungi, Sierra Leone, where the doctor examined and tested him. Sillah learned the cause of his symptoms: he had tested positive for

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Jhpiego Supports Countries in Crisis

When Cyclone Idai roiled through Mozambique a few years ago, Jhpiego country staff worked with the government and other partners to help contain a cholera outbreak in the most affected areas of Sofala Province. In response to the recent flooding in Pakistan, Jhpiego quickly mobilized our teams, and in coordination with the Ministry of Health,

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Jhpiego to Present Global Humanitarian Award to Shawn and Serena Levy

LOS ANGELES, CA – It’s no strange(r) thing that philanthropists Shawn and Serena Levy will be taking center stage alongside comedian Hasan Minhaj and Dr. Beena Patel Minhaj at the Laughter Is the Best Medicine 2022 gala on Monday, December 5, at the Beverly Wilshire, hosted by global health nonprofit Jhpiego. An extraordinary storyteller and

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Community Engagement Increases COVID Vaccination Rates in Tanzania 

Chamwino, Tanzania — It took a home visit from a community health worker for Christine Matinya, a mother of four, to overcome the misinformation and doubts she had about the COVID vaccine.    “Previously, I heard that the vaccine causes one to get crippled. I also heard that a woman would not be able to conceive

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Covid vaccine

Using Football Bonanzas to Kick Up Demand for VMMC in Malawi 

Lilongwe, Malawi–When the Mdulidwe Stars take the football field, there’s more at stake than scoring goals. In the Chichewa language, the team’s name means Circumcision Stars and several players will spend halftime explaining to the crowd the health benefits of voluntary medical male circumcision, or VMMC. Richard Mvula, a well-known football player in the Mitundu

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A community health worker’s ambition—save the lives of mothers and babies 

Kenge, Democratic Republic of the Congo—In rural Makiala village in southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), young mothers often lived alone or with their grandmothers while their husbands or partners left to seek work in the city. Pregnant women preferred to give birth at home or elsewhere due to a lack of medical supplies

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Clinic DRC

Jhpiego Awarded Unitaid Project to Catalyze Adoption and Scale-Up of Drugs for Postpartum Hemorrhage

August 16, 2022 Baltimore, MD—Jhpiego, a global leader in maternal health care, has been chosen to lead a new $18.5 million project funded by Unitaid that will inform how countries can introduce and accelerate use of key drugs to prevent and treat life-threatening bleeding after birth. The Accelerating Measurable Progress and Leveraging Investments for Postpartum

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From Data to Action: Using Dashboards to Improve Family Planning Services

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many global health programs experienced delays and setbacks in collecting data; however, we know that data can only be used to inform programs if properly collected and analyzed in a timely manner. In three Jhpiego-supported countries implementing family planning programs—Indonesia, Guinea and Kenya—the creation of data dashboards enabled the teams to

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A new vision to transform family planning

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous upheaval to health systems, disrupting access to family planning information and services. But despite this disruption, the need for family planning remains the same. Family planning is a critical health service that hundreds of millions of women and their partners rely on or want to access. Out of the 923 million

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Bringing COVID-19 Vaccinations to South Africa’s Most Vulnerable Communities

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Nurse Nozipho Magubane wipes down plastic chairs and sets them up in a bright corridor at Makhaza Mall. She is preparing to open the Jhpiego-supported pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in Khayelitsha, a poor neighborhood that is one of the least-vaccinated areas in Cape Town. Though the setting looks different from

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Vax mobile in South Africa

Rapid diagnostic testing for malaria is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

A version of this blog was originally posted on impactmalaria.org. Malaria is a major health risk in Ghana, with over 5.1 million diagnosed cases and over 300 deaths in 2020 alone. With the added threat of COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised high-malaria burden countries, such as Ghana, to tailor interventions and maintain the

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Striving to improve care in the community to save time and lives 

When Beatha Mukabucyana’s children fell sick with malaria, a community health worker in her village in Rwanda treated them. “The quick and efficient health services, provided to me in time of need, motivated me to become a community health worker,” she said.  Chosen to serve as a community health worker (CHW) by her village, Karambi,

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Rwanda

Meet Manthomeng Matete

Meet Manthomeng Matete, who coordinates the Community and Universal Testing for TB among Contacts (CUT-TB) study in Lesotho. A three-country study, CUT-TB is evaluating new contact tracing strategies with the ultimate aim of improving case detection. Jhpiego leads the study in Lesotho in partnership with The Aurum Institute. What problems is study hoping to solve?

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Women in a waiting room

“Claim your valor.”

Reaching men with HIV prevention and treatment services remains a pressing priority in the global HIV epidemic response, but messaging to men can be tricky. In Nigeria, a social media campaign emphasizing the courage it takes to know your HIV status has resonated, increasing men’s participation in HIV screening and treatment. The campaign, called VALOR

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Valor

Rising to the Challenge, Delivering Oxygen to Save Lives

Wa, Ghana—Shulammite Asamoah Gyamerah still remembers her first shift at the COVID-19 treatment center. For the first time in her 13-year nursing career, the 37-year-old mother of two was fearful and anxious. ‘‘I was very worried about getting infected and infecting my family too,’’ says Shulammite. But, as a senior nurse at the Upper West Regional Hospital, she knew her priority was delivering lifesaving care

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In Lesotho, HIV programs give COVID-19 vaccine campaign a leg up

The challenges governments in Africa face to vaccinate their people against COVID-19 have been well-documented. Inadequate supplies and funding, lack of necessary ultra-cold chain technologies for some vaccines, vaccine hoarding by rich countries and delays in shipments all disrupted supply over the past year. Even as supplies improved late in 2021, vaccine hesitancy is disrupting

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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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