Making It to Five: A Nutritionist’s Perspective on a Significant Milestone

Each year, 3.1 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday due to malnutrition-related causes. On her son’s fifth birthday, nutrition advisor Carrie Hubbell Melgarejo reflects on the factors that helped him ‘survive to five’ in good health.

African Ministers Commit to Building Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains

More than 800 political leaders, technical experts and advocates attended the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, sponsored by WHO/AFRO and the African Union in Addis Ababa, 24-25 February 2016.

Using Multi-Sectoral Programming to Strengthen Malnutrition Prevention efforts in Africa

Ella Jaiblai, Essential Nutrition Actions advisor for the LAUNCH project in Liberia, reports from the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSN) Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) Workshop last January in Accra, Ghana.

Women and HIV: Essential Reads!

For the March 10 observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), here are recent developments in HIV prevention, care and treatment, research, and policy to inform your conversations around women’s health.

Proving the Value of Peer Recovery Services in Rhode Island

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.

Walking the Talk: Three Keys to Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths

In advance of the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, the Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Katrin DeCamp and Robert Steinglass provide three key points about how to overcome immunization challenges.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Building Connections to Address Substance Misuse

  I recently came across this broadcast on New Hampshire’s WMUR about a young woman whose life would have taken a much different path if it was not for a Naloxone kit, a state-distributed package containing a drug to block the effects of opioids. The woman had overdosed, but her friends used the Naloxone kit … Continue reading “‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Building Connections to Address Substance Misuse”

What works: Equitable Access to Routine Immunization and Integrated Child Survival Interventions

One in five children in the African region does not receive the vaccines they need, while immunization coverage for Africa has stagnated over the past three years and health systems remain weak. The global health community realizes the Reaching Every District (RED) approach has not been fully implemented in many countries, and did not reach all underserved. It is against this background that a gathering was convened last month to exchange best practices for achieving equitable immunization access in Africa.