Timor-Leste Recognized as Most Improved Nation in Health SDGs

Learn what steps Timor-Leste and its partners took to be rated as the most improved of 188 nations in the health-related Sustainable Development Goals index for the period 2000-2015.

Child Nutrition Beyond the 1,000-Day Window of Opportunity

This Universal Children’s Day, we encourage the global development community to think strategically, creatively, and inclusively in addressing nutrition before and after the 1,000-day window.

Better-Designed Health Information Systems Make for Better Health Outcomes

Countries and development partners have made progress in strengthening data collection and deploying technologies to move data up the health system for monitoring and evaluating performance. But to realize the transformative power of information, it is the frontline healthcare workers—the doctors, nurses, community health workers, etc.—who require information to make informed, intelligent decisions.

Derek Kunaka: On Strengthening Health Systems to Meet SDGs

We have a learning model at MEval-SIFSA where we’ve itemised what defines a health system as “functioning.” For us, a strong, functioning system is one that takes you through the entire data management process and evaluates how the data is gathered, interpreted and analysed. But most importantly, a functioning system uses data to maximise a health programme’s impact and improve health outcomes.

Cold Chain Policy vs. Cold Hard Reality: Thinking Inside the Box

Ideally, vaccines should be stored by themselves in a dedicated refrigeration unit at health facilities to ensure quality maintenance and aid inventory tracking. However, with limited available resources, facility managers often store other life-saving, temperature-sensitive commodities in vaccine refrigerators. JSI’s Chris Wright illustrates this dilemma and calls for a vaccine storage policy that will allow program and facility managers to report more inclusive and realistic stock and storage data.

Helping Family Planning Providers in Ukraine Overcome Post-Soviet Standards

Comprehensive family planning services improve people’s lives because they give women options in their reproductive trajectory, including alternatives to relying on abortion for birth control. Dr. Oleg Kuzmenko of JSI’s Healthy Women in Ukraine program explains how Ukraine’s goal of providing high-quality family planning (FP) services that are accessible to all is slowly but steadily becoming attainable.

Respectful Care: A new term for the family-centered approach that women have been requesting

One of the strategies to reduce maternal mortality worldwide is to encourage the use of health facilities during birth by paying attention to the way women are treated in those facilities – with an emphasis on care with support and dignity. It’s called “respectful care,” and although it’s a new buzzword in the maternal health community, the idea is anything but new. Women have been asking for this for decades, even if not in those very words.

The Heart of the Matter

Did you know that more than one in ten women in Nigeria gives birth at home without a doctor, a skilled birth attendant, or even an unskilled relative? Bolaji Faphohuna and Nosa Orabaton, of the USAID|TSHIP project share findings from their extensive research into the factors that contribute to this maternal health crisis.