When we first received our funding to strengthen the capacity of a number of USAID-funded Haitian organizations, we were not quite sure how it would go. Would our partners be interested? Would they cooperate or would they resist? The answer turned out to be all of the above.
In India, we are working to improve the public health system and quality of health care services by building the capacity of health workers through a systematic, technology-based approach.
Through the USAID-supported Tuberculosis Health Action and Learning Initiative, JSI India, in collaboration with World Health Partners and Child in Need Institute, is developing holistic approaches to TB control efforts across six health districts in West Bengal, India.
In Ethiopia, to address public health problems caused by lack of WASH facilities, JSI constructed standard public toilets with bathing rooms, updated health centers’ water supply systems, built public water points and pipeline extensions, and rehabilitated hand-dug wells and public latrines.
There is still much to be done, of course. But Sierra Leone is on its way to a health system that meets the needs of its people—and, given the toll that Ebola took, is ready to confront the next infectious disease—be it Ebola or some other virus—with stronger, better-prepared health services.
It’s been a couple hundred years since Dr. Snow plotted cholera deaths on a simple map; one of the earliest examples of data visualization and epidemiology. But using maps, geo-spatial data and geographic information system data is trendier than ever. Think: satellites, drones, smart phones. These powerful technologies offer billions of pixels worth of data that many industries have only just tapped into as a resource.
Data visualization is a powerful way to illustrate trends and outcomes, whether for routine program monitoring or telling success stories. But learning how to design great visualization products as part of routine monitoring, evaluation, or communications can seem daunting, particularly if your data visualization coach lives on another continent. JSI’s Amanda Makulec shares five tips for creating successful data visualizations.
Despite record declines in the birth rates among teens in the US, racial/ethnic and geographic disparities persist. JSI Project Director, Jocelyn Chu, reflects after 5 years of leading a CDC-funded project focused on reducing teen pregnancies, about how we can continuing to these record declines among all ethnic groups.
Trained individuals with their own personal experience with addiction or mental illness acting as Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS) can be immensely helpful to those navigating the challenges of recovery for the first time. Learn how JSI developed an outcomes tracking system to document their effectiveness in Rhode Island.
JSI’s president, Joel Lamstein, talks about the big picture behind long term health system strengthening in Liberia.