Written by Nosa Orobaton, Chief of Party, Nigeria TSHIP, Technical Global Health Specialist, JSI It is true that national family planning services rely on functional health systems to thrive. Equally true is that family planning has unique, powerful health [...]
His name was not mentioned at the Women Deliver Conference, here on-going in Kuala Lumpur, yet, presentation after presentation on Day 1 alluded to ideas of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (born around 80–70 BC) found in his classic work De Architectura.
Even before my dear friend, Cindy deNeve, died young of cervical cancer, I cared deeply about prevention via HPV vaccination. My new granddaughter and Cindy’s two small daughters will avoid cervical cancer because they can afford the expensive vaccine. Not so for millions of young girls in poor and middle income countries.
I absolutely love the name “Women Deliver” – the double entendre of it, the putting together of two simple but powerful words. And it always makes me think of other combinations that are equally necessary for our objectives to be realized: Women Participate. Women Lead. Women Advocate. Women Agitate. Then, women can truly deliver.
Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea Urges Governments and Partners to Take Immediate Steps to Achieve Impact
Millions of children’s lives can be saved from pneumonia and diarrhea through coordinated effort.
In developing countries, many newborns pass away because they are exposed to germs and pathogens that cause infection. In fact, about a quarter of all newborn deaths are due to infections. However, a new medicine called chlorhexidine (CHX) has been proven very effective in preventing infection, also called newborn sepsis. Last week, a group of practitioners gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss countries’ progress in introducing and scaling up the use of CHX, and the way forward. I was honored to be part of this group.
For more context on the event, read Better Cord Care Saves Babies Lives: Panel Discussion, written by Leela Khanal, Project Director of the Chlorexidine ‘Navi’ Care Program. [View the story "Highlights from #CHX2013" on Storify] [View the story "Highlights [...]
It’s the end of the second day of the conference now, and my thoughts have crystallized further on the theme of, “How do we produce more in the results space? How do we make real and significant progress?”
Impressions from Arusha: A call to action to improve health care for women and end preventable maternal mortality world wide
There is something ceaseless and timelessness in resplendent Arusha, Tanzania, the venue of the second Global Maternal Health Conference. Not so in the hallways of the conference meeting where a sense of urgency to do more for maternal health is evidently palpable. I was struck by three main impressions.
Investment in the supply chain of family planning commodities in Pakistan empowers women and boosts economy
Over the past three years, the United States government has made an unprecedented investment in supply chain management and logistics to improve access to family planning across Pakistan. The result has been a huge improvement in the lives of Pakistani women and children of Pakistan.