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?
To drive continuous improvement in supply chain performance a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on people, technology, and processes is essential. JSI is helping countries establish Information Mobilized for Performance Analysis and Continuous Transformation (IMPACT) Teams – groups of people harmoniously working together – to analyze performance and make systematic efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the supply chain.
We, as partners working in the immunization supply chain, must adapt and be willing to question the status quo in order to bring about improvements, increase access to potent vaccines, and ultimately increase coverage rates.
Through the five-year Resiliency in Northern Ghana project, USAID is testing a different approach to promoting sustainability by investing in local governments directly. This approach builds local governments’ capacity to develop action plans and related budgets, and to implement and closely monitor nutrition and livelihood outcomes, which creates a strong sense of community ownership and builds resilient local systems for effective programming.