Reflections from the Global Digital Health Forum at the start of the Digital Health Activity in Ethiopia.
In rural India, many barriers exist to full immunization coverage. Topographic constraints, such as walking long distances in hilly terrain, crossing bodies of water, poor road conditions, lack of transport and more deter caregivers from visiting outreach sites on time. Community health volunteers are forced to go door-to-door to inform caregivers about the arrival of the vaccination team at the outreach site. To overcome these challenges, JSI, in collaboration with the state government stakeholders and a local NGO, tested a unique, culturally appropriate, low cost, scalable method of disseminating information about the arrival of the vaccination team at the outreach site on designated vaccination days.
By strengthening CCLAD, the USAID RHITES-N, Lango is increasing PLHIV retention in care, and viral load coverage and suppression rates. These outcomes are contributing to the project’s greater goal of increasing the use of high-quality integrated health services and improving overall health of individuals, families, and communities in the Lango sub-region.
JSI’s Carolyn Hart reflects at her time at the Nairobi Summit, which was convened by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) with support from the Government of Denmark and others to renew commitment to the Programme of Action launched in 1994 at the first International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.
JSI contributed to the success of the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine (RVV) in all of its 36 states and union territories.
As part of implementation research, JSI is documenting the impact of these and other strategies on improvements in urban immunization service delivery, reduction in missed opportunities for vaccination, increase in the number of children vaccinated and other measures of immunization equity.
Advisors in JSI’s Immunization Center describe how health service providers and communities in northern Nigeria could digitize the paper-based system they use to collect, analyze, and map immunization data for microplanning.
One in 16 Ugandan children do not live to reach their fifth birthday. Thankfully, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) sees this tragic statistic for what it is: an unacceptable number of preventable deaths.
Uganda’s commitment to its youngest citizens is more than lip service. It became a strategic approach to reduce death, illness and disability – and improve growth and development – of children under five. The foundation of this success was the implementation of the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) approach as the main strategy for increasing coverage of low-cost, high-impact, evidence-based child health interventions at all levels of the health system.