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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 2006, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT has worked to improve the health and well-being of communities around the world.
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.
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.
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.
JSI’s Jen McCutcheon shares the trajectory of her career from physical therapist to public health practitioner and describes her work helping to build the capacity of in-country NGOs to achieve financial, technical, and environmental sustainability.