The Internet of Things is already taking off in many different areas: in healthcare with drones delivering medical supplies to remote areas; energy management systems for buildings that will automatically adjust the window blinds based on the temperature; or traffic conditions that update your Google maps and give you real-time driving directions. In Tanzania, we are using it to manage vaccines so that children can receive safe vaccinations and lead healthy lives.
Last year, it was estimated that 1,804 of the 3,194 women in Madagascar who suffered from cervical cancer died. The HPV vaccine is not only a cost-effective method to prevent the economic burden of cervical cancers; it also protects against other types of cancers and symptoms of HPV, such as pelvic inflammatory disease.
Rapid urbanization presents an urgent challenge for the world’s low- and middle-income countries. More than half of world’s population (3.9 billion) now lives in a city; by 2050, this number will skyrocket to 6.3 billion, with 90 percent of growth occurring in low- and middle-income countries. The first step to meeting the immunization needs of the urban poor is revealing the obstacles to vaccine access.
Through the USAID-supported Vriddhi project, JSI India conducted a landscape assessment of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) service delivery in the private sector. The study aimed to collect evidence for a private sector engagement strategy for RMNCH.
For Nigeria to improve its health outcomes, particularly to end vaccine-preventable child deaths, the highest level of commitment and accountability from Nigerian leaders is imperative.
We set out to better understand whether smaller vaccine vial sizes could affect immunization coverage, timely coverage, and other factors in 14 districts of Zambia’s Central and Luapula Provinces.
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.
It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. The old dog, in this case, is HIV self-testing, a technology first introduced in 2012 and a focus of international public health initiatives ever since. The new trick consists of innovative ways to make HIV self-testing available and attractive to previously hard-to-reach populations.
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.