APC Community Health Work in Benin Touches the Hearts of the Local People

On May 23rd, JSI’s Advancing Partners & Communities hosted a closing event to celebrate its success Benin. Since 2012, the program has helped roll out a package of high-impact primary health care interventions and expand access to injectable contraception at the community level in 10 USAID priority health zones.

The Buzz on Data: Reflections from ICT4D 2019

The 2019 ICT4D Conference brought together practitioners, ministry officials, and technology implementers for 3 days of discussion and workshops on innovations in using technology for development. In this blog, JSI’s Lisa Kowalski reflects on learnings revolving around one of the key conference themes: data.

To Achieve Universal Health Coverage, Get the Incentives Right

We need to look at whether people have the right mix of incentives to avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices, and to access preventive health, such as vaccinating their children, using contraceptives for birth spacing or to avoid pregnancy, using condoms for disease prevention, and sleeping under bed nets in malarial zones. But just as importantly, we need to ensure that health care providers, both individual and institutional, have the right alignment of incentives to deliver high quality, affordable health services and pharmaceuticals.

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.

Global Financing Facility: Advancing Smartly Means Keeping an Eye on Family Planning Products and the Supply Chains that Deliver Them

Alexis Heaton and Leslie Patykewich explain the critical role that strong supply chains play in ensuring we meet our commitments to women in need of reproductive health services.

Dispatch from the Global Health Supply Chain Summit

In the realm of supply chain, data visibility through technology is a game changer, helping to eliminate the stock-outs and expiries that are still endemic at service delivery points. However, Chris Wright reminds us, technology is useless without people who are skilled at interpreting and applying the data technology yields.

Improving Access to Services for Children and Families Through Collaboration Among Health Workers and Social Service Workers

To strengthen linkages and referral systems between community and government service providers, the Bantwana Initiative was developed by World Education Initiative (WEI) and is an initiative of WEI and John Snow, Inc. The program prides itself on “innovative models of care that are based on existing community structures and address children’s comprehensive needs.” The program is supporting vulnerable children and families in Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and in Zimbabwe.

An AIDS-Free Generation by 2030? What it Would Take to Achieve this Remarkable Milestone.

HIV still has no cure or vaccine, but current tools, if used at scale and in combination, can help us achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2030. JSI’s Dr. Samson Kironde, Director of the AIDSFree Project, explains the global strategy, tactics, and best practices that are helping set the path for an end to HIV.