Female Community Health Volunteers in Nepal have a long history of doing an excellent job promoting essential health services in communities cut off from facilities. Because of this history, the role of FCHVs was more crucial than ever after the earthquake devastated the country’s health infrastructure.
Meeting the nutritional needs of young children is a particularly important aspect of global health, as insufficient nutrition during periods of rapid growth, which overlap with the weaning period, can have serious negative effects on health and other life-long outcomes. The long-term solution for solving micronutrient inadequacy is ensuring a sustainable and diverse diet through food-based approaches.
Facing my own challenges with breastfeeding, pumping, and complementary feeding despite a supportive work environment, help from my family, and relatively easy access to healthy food has given me even more respect for the mothers and communities SPRING works with who overcome even greater barriers to making breastfeeding and healthy eating a reality in their lives.
It became increasingly clear as Kristina prepared for the arrival of her son that while training and counseling can provide critical information, it sometimes isn’t enough. A health worker or volunteer often has a fleeting and ephemeral interaction with mothers and while their guidance as professionals is certainly respected, a mother’s relationship with her child is intimately personal. This emotional nuance can be overpowering, making information from friends, family, and peers much more trusted.
I am passionate about the innovation that I represented at this forum, but it is very different to these innovations of “things”. Our proposal, partnering with Dimagi, is to replicate an approach JSI implemented and scaled with the Ministry of Health in Malawi and take those lessons to Kenya. While our approach does include innovative use of technology, a simple mHealth supply chain management tool for community health workers, this approach also includes IMPACT teams.
For many, immunization services provide multiple, potentially lifesaving contacts with women during the first year postpartum. And because immunization and family planning services are two of the most cost-effective health interventions—and integrating them is a promising high impact practice for improving family planning—deaths from reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health conditions have the potential to be substantially reduced when integrated packages of interventions are scaled up across the continuum of care. MCSP/Jhpiego’s Chelsea Cooper and MCSP/JSI’s Rebecca Fields, examine the impact that integrating the two interventions would have on providing holistic care to women and children.
It’s not cultural preferences that force women to give birth alone: poverty and lack of supportive health policies do. Nosa Orobaton, Bolaji Fapohunda and Anne Austin share insights from health policies – where one in five women give birth with no help.
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.
JSI’s Agnes Guyon reflects on the effectiveness of engaging trained traditional midwives to improve nutrition practices in Liberia.
Training workshops on family planning logistics for members of faith-based organizations resulted in the development of a two-year supply chain strategy and helped forge valuable connections between the organization and public sector partners in Cameroon.