Victoria notes that providing treatment in the community has also made caregivers more responsive to health education messages on improving household practices related to hygiene and sanitation, using long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets, and taking children with complications and non-iCCM conditions to the health centers.
In many places around the world, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women are tenuous at best, and years of progress can be washed away instantly by socio-political changes. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must remember that preserving—or reclaiming— the dignity of girls and women requires continuous efforts, even when it seems like the battle is already won.
In family planning service delivery, when countries attain improvements in key indicators such as contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) we feel proud about those achievements. Yet, within countries that have seen such gains, there are still hard-to-reach populations with exceptionally poor contraceptive use, as well as other health challenges; this is the case for many of the communities in which the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project works.
In Kenya, the APC project and partner organizations empower community health workers to provide integrated services to families in need.
In Guyana and Kenya, Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) is working to protect and advance women’s rights by decreasing instances of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation/cutting through the capacity building of local organizations.
For many problems in global health, we struggle to know the solutions.Pneumonia is not one of them. On World Pneumonia Day 2014, JSI’s Robert Steinglass blogs about the way forward to eliminating preventable death from pneumonia, currently the #1 infectious killer of children under five years old.
Capacity development, when successful, is iterative, contextualized, and creates the possibility of transformation. It considers the individual, the institution, the community and the larger environment in which they all exist; and it can be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively.