Behaviors and habits established during adolescence have ramifications that affect the quality of life and health throughout adulthood. Adolescence is a critical transition period that includes rapid biological developments and increasing independence. Predisposed to greater risk-taking, adolescents are at an increased danger for negative consequences through substance use, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. In […]
Mental health problems in Sierra Leone pose a high burden of developmental, emotional, and behavioral disorders not only in adults but also in children and adolescents. The country’s recent history includes a long civil war, the Ebola epidemic, and in 2017, a mudslide that killed more than 500 people. Furthermore, throughout Sierra Leone, there is […]
Opioid, alcohol, and other drug misuse and disorders place a tremendous strain on families, workplaces, communities, and health care systems. In 2016, overdoses involving opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the United States, and that number has only increased since. Women often suffer the consequences of substance misuse disorders the most, either because of […]
In Nepal, nearly 1 in 30 children die before reaching their first birthday, with 66% of those deaths occurring in the first one month of life, the neonatal period. Almost half of all newborn deaths are due to neonatal infections, many of which can result from exposure of the newborn’s umbilical cord stump to pathogens […]
In less than two months the plague has infected 1,240 people and killed 124 across urban and rural areas of Madagascar. The USAID Community Capacity for Health program, locally known as Mahefa Miaraka and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), has played a key role in Madagascar’s national plague response, led by the Ministry of Public Health.
How do you strengthen a health system? This is a complex question public health experts are still trying to answer. At JSI, we know that expanding access to good health data — and getting people to use the data — is a critical piece of the puzzle. In Pakistan, JSI was asked to strengthen the […]
William, a hospital worker in Monrovia, Liberia, contracted Ebola while helping patients during the outbreak three years ago. He was lucky to have survived. But a few months after he was declared Ebola-free, he started having trouble with his eyes. At first they would tear when he tried to read or write, then everything started […]
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 […]