Rapid urbanization presents an urgent challenge for the world’s low- and middle-income countries. More than half of world’s population (3.9 billion) now lives in a city; by 2050, this number will skyrocket to 6.3 billion, with 90 percent of growth occurring in low- and middle-income countries. The first step to meeting the immunization needs of the urban poor is revealing the obstacles to vaccine access.
To drive continuous improvement in supply chain performance a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on people, technology, and processes is essential. JSI is helping countries establish Information Mobilized for Performance Analysis and Continuous Transformation (IMPACT) Teams – groups of people harmoniously working together – to analyze performance and make systematic efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the supply chain.
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.
Yes, I said it. But it’s not my word. I’m just the messenger, relating to you what I heard: sneaky. According to health care providers I interviewed recently in Western Province, Kenya, sneaking is exactly what women feel they need to do if they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy. Their male partners, for the … Continue reading “Women Shouldn’t Have to Be Sneaky to Get the Family Planning They Want”