Using Digital Technology to Strengthen Routine Immunization in Nigeria

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.

Try, Try Again: Re-imagined Provider Training is Saving Children in Uganda

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.

Building Capacity to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Uganda’s Lango Sub-Region

In Uganda, an estimated 1.6 million births are registered every year. Of those, 30,000 newborns die, along with 5,700 mothers. While the country has made significant strides in improving maternal health over the past few years, nearly all maternal deaths are preventable—so there is more that needs to be done. To address the causes of … Continue reading “Building Capacity to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Uganda’s Lango Sub-Region”

The 1,000-Day Journey: A First-Time Mom’s Perspective on Breastfeeding Promotion and Behavior Change

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.

Adherence: Going the Last Mile in PMTCT

The AIDSFree project’s Aida Berhan, Pia Kochhar, and Stephanie Joyce explains the advantages and challenges of implementing Option B+ for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

Making It to Five: A Nutritionist’s Perspective on a Significant Milestone

Each year, 3.1 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday due to malnutrition-related causes. On her son’s fifth birthday, nutrition advisor Carrie Hubbell Melgarejo reflects on the factors that helped him ‘survive to five’ in good health.

What works: Equitable Access to Routine Immunization and Integrated Child Survival Interventions

One in five children in the African region does not receive the vaccines they need, while immunization coverage for Africa has stagnated over the past three years and health systems remain weak. The global health community realizes the Reaching Every District (RED) approach has not been fully implemented in many countries, and did not reach all underserved. It is against this background that a gathering was convened last month to exchange best practices for achieving equitable immunization access in Africa.

Highlighting Issues that Women Face “Inside the Tent” at ICFP

At #ICFP, JSI’s Leela Khanal attended an exhibit on women’s health during crisis, which reminded her of the struggles she witnessed among young women in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in her native Nepal.