Naima Cozier, a JSI senior consultant, answers questions about motivational interviewing—a style of interviewing she was recently trained in and has been incorporating in her work on projects such as Healthy Start.
In Mozambique, data quality continues to be a major challenge for many facility- and community-based programs. JSI has been working closely with the country’s Ministry of Health to identify gaps in data collection and reporting so as to produce accurate, timely, and precise data. This is critical for health workers to make decisions about patient care and for broader health system actors to evaluate new and ongoing programs and ensure appropriate drug stocks.
Human-centered design is considered an innovative approach for exploring issues from a 360-degree point of view and placing the end user’s needs and desires in the forefront of data use improvement strategies. In this blog, JSI’s Benti Ejeta discusses how it’s being used to improve the quality of health data in Ethiopia.
In an ever-changing public health landscape, knowledge exchange is crucial to overcome challenges and utilize new opportunities to improve health.
As we mark World AIDS Day today, those dedicated to controlling and ending the HIV epidemic find themselves in a fortunate position. We know what to do next—and that is stay the course. The scale of the epidemic demands nothing less.
When I ponder the effects of gender-based violence (GBV) in Guyana, I try to force myself not to feel hopeless. But I am overwhelmed by the daunting task of reducing the high levels of domestic violence, rape, child abuse, and suicide in our society.
Over the past six years, we’ve partnered with agricultural training institutes, local mothers’ support groups, health facilities, and government ministries to reduce malnutrition from many different angles. But in Ghana, our project was in the sweet spot of a public-private partnership between USAID, the NGO Project Peanut Butter, and The Hershey Company to provide protein-packed foods to school children.
While the global community strives to ensure program sustainability, the sad reality is that only a few of these interventions will continue after donor support and technical assistance ends. In addition, many of these projects will end with limited evidence that only includes the impact on health outcomes within a finite number of facilities and districts. As the global community begins to support progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in low- and middle-income countries, we should ask ourselves: who’s going to pay when the donor support and technical assistance have gone?
I smoked my first cigarette when I was 10 years old. It seemed like a normal thing to do. I wrapped tape around the end of one of my father’s non-filter cigarettes so I wouldn’t have to spit out the bits of tobacco that fell from the tip when it became moistened by my mouth.
In countries like Rwanda, the Maternal and Child Survival Program is working to protect children from diseases and to improve their access to lifesaving treatments. This includes building capacity to plan, leverage resources, and scale up high-impact, cost-effective child health interventions. It also means extending child health services to hard-to-reach populations and those with limited access to services.