Nursing Skills Learned through PMI Prove Decisive during Pandemic

Within weeks of the first Covid-19 cases being confirmed in Ghana in March, Community Health Officer (CHO) Gertrude Doku was alarmed by the lack of clients seeking preventive, treatment and referral services for malaria at the Tinkong Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound. Having worked for five years at the compound, which serves about

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A Lifesaving Technique in Safe Surgery Project

Kagera, Kagondo – During the last month of her pregnancy, Zainab Abas visited Kagondo Hospital and learned from an ultrasound that she was having twins. One was head down, but the other was in the breech position, bottom down. Initially shocked, she was counseled about delivery by cesarean section, often necessary for breech babies, and

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Obstetric Care During and After COVID-19

A webinar organized by the G4 Alliance and taking place Sept. 17 during the virtual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, features Dr. John E. Varallo, Jhpiego’s Global Director of Safe Surgery, as co-moderator of a panel discussing “Obstetrics During and After COVID-19: Delivering for Mothers and Babies.” The pandemic notwithstanding, 5 billion people

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Lesotho Nurses Win Trust during Pandemic

What do a Basotho couple—he, a parliamentarian, and she, a public health specialist in Lesotho’s Ministry of Health (MOH)—have in common with a nun in her mid-90s? More than a few things: All had COVID-19. All were hospitalized. All recovered. And all are praising the skills and dedication of the health care providers who treated

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Three Calls Made, Two Lives Saved

Marta Cuna, a community-based lay counselor, pulled out her tablet and tapped the PISAUDE app to check on a client’s record. She was following up on teenager Isabel Tete who had tested positive for HIV at home but never showed up at the health facility to begin treatment and access other HIV services. Tete, 17,

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What Do Coughing and COVID-19 Have to Do with Carolina?

It was not business as usual this morning at the Matola C Health Center. Clients had to wear a mask and, upon their arrival, stand in a queue, maintaining a distance of at least one meter apart. Carolina Justino, wearing a bright red smock and navy blue cap, stood at the head of the line,

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Jhpiego Strengthens Emergency Operation Centers in Nigeria

The Jhpiego-led RISE (Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control) consortium recently provided critical upgrades to Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in eight states across Nigeria, bolstering that government’s efforts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Africa’s most populous country. In June, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard summed up the collective impact of the

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IN PHOTOS: Health care workers keep up the fight against malaria during COVID-19

Jhpiego is collaborating with Ministries of Health in malaria-endemic countries to advocate for, plan and enable continued malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment services, especially for those at highest risk—pregnant women and children under 5—while employing precautions to protect patients and health workers from COVID-19. See the photos

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Community-Level Malaria Prevention Brings Relief in Burkina Faso

In Sinaperedouo, a village in the Sud-Ouest region of Burkina Faso, 28-year-old Bibata and her husband Issa, a 33-year-old gold miner, are overjoyed because Bibata is expecting a third child—and relieved to know that, thanks to the Jhpiego-led Improving Malaria Care (IMC) project, she will be protected against malaria throughout her pregnancy. The IMC project

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Keeping Children Fever and Malaria Free in Burkina Faso

Valentine, her four-year-old son Ernest in tow, made her way to her local health center in the village of Tovor in the Sud-Ouest region of Burkina Faso. On this cool morning in the Harmattan season, characterized by dry and dusty trade winds, she needed to see the nurse. After welcoming Valentine, the nurse asked the

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Harnessing the Power of a Phone Call

Since March 20, when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Zimbabwe, five Jhpiego-supported districts have moved fast to ensure that critical health services remain uninterrupted despite a sustained national lockdown. The success of this timely pivot can be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that strong mobile mentorship was in place

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Gender-Transformative Leadership: A Participatory Toolkit for Health Workers

Women make up 70% of the 200 million workers globally who contribute to the health and social sector, but women only hold 25% of leadership roles.1 What’s more, nearly half of women’s contribution to global health is informal or unpaid.1Norms related to job choice, division of household responsibilities, working conditions, institutional policies, and the presence, or

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Reimagining Delivery of Essential Health Care

With the prospect of delivering an effective COVID-19 vaccine ever changing, public health professionals have a responsibility to ensure uninterrupted access to essential health care to women and their families. At the same time, we must protect clients and the health workers who serve them from infection. In a profession noted for person-to-person contact and

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Linking Chronic Conditions and Maternal Death

Ever since she started working as a midwife in 2008, Patricia Nwadike knew it was vital that she have the skills necessary to stop severe bleeding after childbirth. Then, as now, the top direct cause of maternal death in Nigeria, and across all of sub-Saharan Africa, was postpartum hemorrhage. However, global data indicate that a

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Jhpiego Delivers Hope, Safeguards Health in South Africa During Pandemic

Jhpiego mobilizer Lindokuhle Hlongwane and his team pull their Kombi van to a stop on the road just outside a client’s home in Rockdale, a village in uThukela District in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, to drop off medication. Being careful to maintain a social distance, Lindokuhle gives his client, who is living with HIV, her refill of

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Mozambique Prepares for COVID-19

Following best practices for infection prevention and control is essential for health care providers on the frontlines of preventing the spread of COVID-19. When the government confirmed the first COVID-19 cases in Mozambique on March 22, Jhpiego joined Ministry of Health efforts to ensure that nurses, midwives, and physicians have the knowledge and skills necessary

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A Malaria-free Future for Newborns

In a quiet room at Mukono Health Centre IV in Uganda, Charity Kamahoro dozes peacefully, having just given birth to her first baby, a healthy girl named Justin, who is malaria-free because her mother took precautions and adhered to treatment during pregnancy. When Nursing Officer Norah Nakimuli covers her with a kanga and asks how

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A Rapid Sense of Calm

These days, when Jenifer Adjei arrives at Oda Hospital, she marvels at the relative peace and quiet that greets her when she walks through the door midday to begin her 12-hour shift as midwife-in-charge.  The number of pregnant women on her labor ward hasn’t decreased; this afternoon she counts 51, a dozen of whom are

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Jhpiego Puts Nurses in the Spotlight

Baltimore, MD – A Taiwanese nurse in a protective suit standing against COVID-19. A Ugandan nurse cradling a newborn she has helped deliver. A community nurse in Guatemala tending to a farmer alongside his bull. Today more than ever, as a pandemic sweeps across the globe, the impact of nurses can’t be underestimated. Nurses deliver care to the majority of people in the world—and it’s time

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Innovation in Action: Update on CryoPop

CryoPop, Jhpiego’s innovative cryotherapy device to treat cervical lesions more easily and at lower cost, is being produced by Pregna International Ltd, an Indian manufacturer known mainly for intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs). The agreement with Pregna focuses on both commercial and research uses of the handheld device, which converts carbon dioxide to dry ice to

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