One of the leading causes of death for women in the developing world isn't war, hunger or violence. Surprisingly…it's pregnancy and childbirth.
Fortunately, eighty percent of these deaths can be prevented if the proven interventions available today reach all those in need.
For forty years and in one hundred fifty countries, Jhpiego has been committed to preventing the needless deaths of women and their families.
Jhpiego has worked with ministers of health on three continents to build a competent and skilled health workforce.
Today, midwives, nurses and doctors are providing quality care in places that often lack electricity and running water.
With Jhpiego's innovative yet simple, low-cost solutions, health providers are saving lives and it all began here at Johns Hopkins University.
Doctor Theodore M. King, Jhpiego's founder and former chairman of the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Hopkins devised a brilliant strategy.
Educate doctors in the developing world on the latest in women's reproductive health and technology.
Jhpiego's founders quickly realized that their impact would be greater by training health care workers in their own countries.
My name is Howard Jones. I happen to have been the first secretary general of Jhpiego some forty years ago.
At one hundred and two, Doctor Jones, a Baltimore native OB/GYN and surgeon is still working on women's health issues. He is one of Jhpiego's pioneers and first innovators. He helped create America's first test tube baby.
At the organizational meeting, I suggested that Jhpiego might be a suitable name for this organization. This means the Johns Hopkins program for international education in gynecology and obstetrics.
Today, Jhpiego is no longer an acronym. It stands for the best in global health practice. We're finding and creating new, innovative solutions in areas like maternal child health, family planning, cervical cancer prevention, infection prevention, very importantly: HIV-AIDS and malaria.
Through the years Jhpiego never lost sight of its mission to take the best science, knowledge and technology of Johns Hopkins in partnership with in-country experts creating health solutions that can be used by even the most basic health volunteer in extremely affordable ways.
For the past fifteen years, Jhpiego has proudly led the largest global maternal and newborn health projects for the US government.
Thanks to the USAID MCHIP partnership, more than one million women gave birth with a skilled health provider.
More than six hundred thousand children have been treated for diarrhea, a leading killer of children under five.
Nearly three million women have been counseled on family planning. Tens of thousands of health care champions trained by Jhpiego are ensuring women and families receive the care they deserve, but Jhpigeo is so much more than just training.
Through its impact, hundreds of health care systems have been strengthened, communities have been empowered and more women are surviving childbirth than ever before.
This baby was delivered on an ox cart. The mother survived because of Jhpiego's innovative strategies to prevent women from bleeding to death after birth, by being given an inexpensive life-saving medication.
In Nepal, maternal mortality has been reduced by fifty percent. Every one of us who works here at Jhpiego wants to make those big differences and we are seeing our colleagues achieve incredible results.
Our experts are working with a new generation of Hopkins global health engineers developing twenty-first century innovations to fight anemia, identifying neonatal stress and screen for life threatening eclampsia for mere pennies.
In just 4 years, over 1.6 million women have given birth safely with skilled care.
Throughout the years, more than 700,000 women in Thailand have been screened for cervical cancer.
In less than 7 years, a million people have been counseled and tested for HIV/AIDS in Mozambique alone.
More than 100,000 women in India have accepted a long-acting family planning method.
And last year alone, at least 67,845 heath workers were trainined by Jhpiego.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a miracle than seeing somebody who you know would have been dead but is not and there is nothing more rewarding.
Jhpiego knows that when a mother survives her children will survive, her family will remain intact. Communities will be strong, countries will be stronger and our global world will be better.