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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Global Health Security: Prevent, Detect, Respond

COVID-19 exposed a truth that infectious disease experts like Jhpiego’s Stacie Stender have been warning about for a long time: The world was not ready for a pandemic. Alarmingly, this is not the first, but in fact the seventh coronavirus documented in the last 50-plus years to spread from human to human, she notes. It

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Operation Triple Zero Promotes Positive Action for Youth Living with HIV

The adolescent stage of life is often associated with physical and emotional stresses, which can be even more challenging for adolescents living with HIV. Adolescents (ages 10–19) and young persons (ages 15–24) living with HIV (AYPLHIV) often have to contend with the fear and stigma associated with their diagnosis, often without adequate support from their

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Meet Pandora Hardtman

When Jhpiego’s new chief nursing and midwifery officer reminisces about her earliest influences, a kindly, senior midwife comes to mind.   Her name was Iris, says Dr. Pandora Hardtman. She wore a blue uniform.   Navy blue, Hardtman clarifies. Dark and stark. Not like the almost iridescent iris shade of dress (and matching lipstick) that Hardtman happens to be wearing today during a Zoom meet-and-greet with Jhpiego colleagues.   And not like the shimmering turquoise of the sea that surrounds the pink sand island of Bermuda where midwives like Iris were a mainstay in bustling health department offices, full of people seeking

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When Competent Midwives Lead, Women and Babies Survive

Miswaki Village, Tanzania—When her water broke, Helena Paschal was alone at home. Although her due date was several weeks away, she knew the labor was real. “I felt a sharp pain around my waist. I sensed the baby was coming,” she recalled. There was no time to call a neighbor or do anything but just

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Community Health Workers Provide Needed Health Services in Cameroon

Mahelet Ritha, affectionately known as Maa-Ritha, is a community health worker (CHW) from Bongahele village in the South region of Cameroon. She is proud to be part of a network of CHWs bringing health care services directly to people in their communities, which are often far from a health facility. Maa-Ritha and her fellow CHWs

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Community Health Workers Keep Pregnant Women Safe from Malaria

Solange, a 39-year-old mother living in Tsarakianja in the District of Mananjary, Madagascar, did not understand the importance of seeking antenatal care (ANC) at a health facility during her first three pregnancies, so she did not receive the recommended medicines to protect her and her baby from malaria. During her third pregnancy, Solange contracted severe

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Nebbi General Hospital’s NICU Makeover

In the Nebbi General Hospital’s renovated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Dr. Jackline Akello hovers over incubators, attending to the newborns who were born too soon and need specialized care. Mothers sit on benches and straw mats in a nearby waiting room, the access door is locked to prevent unauthorized visits and reduce chances of

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Renovated hospital in Uganda

Eliminating Cervical Cancer in Namibia

Women living near the Otjimuhaka Clinic in the Kunene region of Namibia would have to travel 93 miles (150 km) along a gravel road to reach a health facility that provided cervical cancer prevention and treatment services. But not anymore. Today, with support from Jhpiego, a visiting nurse at the two-room clinic screens women for

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Jhpiego Partnership Sends 460,000 Face Shields to Health Care Workers

Global health leader Jhpiego, in collaboration with aerospace technology company Lighter Than Air (LTA), is providing 460,000 face shields for the personal protection of nurses, doctors, midwives and other frontline workers around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having worked for four decades to save lives, improve health and transform futures in many of the

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Transforming Children’s Futures in Cameroon through Quality Malaria Care

Parents worldwide want to keep their children from harm. In Cameroon, this means being vigilant about signs of malaria in children and ensuring that they can get to a health facility equipped to provide the necessary care. Malaria, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the country, is particularly dangerous for children. It’s only

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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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‘Go Girls’ Clubs Aim for Adolescent Health

Blantyre, Malawi — She was not yet 13, and for most of her life, she was sickly. Malaria, diarrhea, fits of coughing and skin irritations often kept her home from school. A trip to the health facility was too far. But a health worker’s visit to her school’s girls club provided answers to the girl’s

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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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