Maternal and Child Health

A Woman on a Mission for Midwives

Putting a Life-Changing Tool in the Hands of Myanmar’s Frontline Health Workers. A woman rides on the back of a motor bike between Chuang U and Amyint Village in Myanmar’s Sagain Region. This is Su Su Htet, an area coordinator (AC) for the RMNCH Quality of Care Project (RMNCH QoC), a program implemented by JSI […]

Community Health

#HealthWorkersCount for Improving Community Health

At separate levels of Madagascar’s health system, two health workers are partnering to champion the health of mothers and their young children. Meet Dr. Rakotonandrasana Thierry: medical doctor, community leader, and pioneer. Dr. Thierry was the head of health facilities in Madagascar’s Matsakabanja commune from 2014 to 2015. While leading the Centre de Sante de […]

Health Literacy, Health Systems

For Those Who May Die One Day: The Choice Model

I have some terrible news: each and every one of us is going to die one day. I know, I know, but the research is clear and the stories seem legitimate. Not that you would necessarily know it.  We spend a lot of time and money avoiding death.  We construct images of pain and severe suffering […]

Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health

Misoprostol and Chlorhexidine: Saving Mothers and Babies in Nigeria

A maternal and newborn health revolution is spreading across Nigeria. Over the last three years, policymakers have invested in low-cost drugs that are saving the lives of mothers and babies. The distribution of misoprostol and chlorhexidine (CHX)—used respectively to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and newborn sepsis, the leading causes of maternal and neonatal mortality—has the potential to save […]

Maternal and Child Health

Breastfeeding for a Brighter Future: How One of Our First Acts of Sharing Builds Healthier Babies, Stronger Families and Sustainable Communities

When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success. As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive environments that enable them.

Community Health

Madeleine Bienvenue: A Care Group Household for the MAHEFA Program

Twenty-seven year old Madeleine Bienvenue, like many women in her community, knew very little about maternal and child health. Now, married with five children, she has educated herself on maternal and child health with help from her MAHEFA-trained community health volunteer (CHV) Louisette. Fortified with this knowledge, Madeleine now serves as a care group household […]

Community Health

Zaia Mahatafa: An entrepreneur promoting good health in rural Madagascar

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions are an integral to improving health in Madagascar. JSI’s MAHEFA Project tackled WASH challenges in various ways, one of which included promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices in communities, including the construction and use of latrines in order to eliminate open defecation. Zaia is a local mason in Miarinarivo, […]

Community Health

Fulgence Rangamila: A MAHEFA-trained Youth Peer Educator in Madagascar

The MAHEFA Project’s youth program aims to empower youth to make responsible reproductive health decisions and sensible family planning choices through direct mentoring by youth peer educators (YPEs). These interventions are much needed in MAHEFA’s program regions, where youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years old make up one-fifth of the population. Twenty-seven […]

Ebola

Ready to Serve: Health Workers on the Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis

When Ebola swept through West Africa, the greatest pressure fell on health workers. From rural clinics nearly inaccessible by roads to the crowded neighborhoods of Monrovia, health workers faced daily decisions on whether or not to risk their own lives to care for patients. As part of JSI’s Infection Prevention and Control Activity, funded by […]

Health Systems, Maternal and Child Health

Revolutionizing Maternity Care in Georgia

How Georgia revolutionized maternity care and reduced maternal mortality by 40%. Despite the Soviet Union’s claim to have outstanding health care, reality was very different. At the fall of the Soviet Union, and for many years after, Georgia had a surprisingly high maternal mortality ratio. Maternity care was inhumane and, at times, even harmful for […]

Health Systems

A Day in the Life of an Urban Health Extension Professional

Genzebe Tumoro narrates her life story as an urban health extension professional in this photo diary. Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health (MoH) has recognized that the delivery of public health information and services in urban settings is less than optimal and has developed an urban program that builds on the success of Ethiopia’s rural Health Extension […]

HIV

Commercial Sex Workers Educate At-Risk Populations About HIV in Uganda

Bugiri is a bustling outpost along a highly trafficked trade route that runs east-west, connecting Uganda to neighboring Kenya. Commerce in Bugiri is conducted on the roadway where crowds of vendors compete to sell sodas and snacks to road-weary taxi and truck drivers. Brightly painted storefronts along the highway advertise goods and services, such as […]

Community Health

Robin Erinesy: An Emergency Transport Volunteer for the MAHEFA Program

In Madagascar, 80% of the population lives in rural areas with difficult access to most health services. Using innovative designs in emergency transport methods, JSI’s MAHEFA program’s emergency transport system is enabling communities to connect patients in urgent need of treatment with their nearest health facility. For sixty-year old Robin Erinesy of Antanambao, Morondava, falling […]