A diverse, nutrient-rich diet is the most sustainable way to prevent the negative effects of micronutrient deficiencies, such as anemia and other conditions, which can permanently impede children’s physical and cognitive growth, increase maternal and infant morbidity, and in extreme cases, lead to mortality. To address these issues, Uganda’s Ministry of Health began working with USAID in 2016 on a project to make fortified foods and supplements available to communities that cannot receive these necessary nutrients from their local food sources.
Malnutrition is one of the greatest challenges to health and development in many low- and middle-income countries—it contributes to 45 percent of all deaths in children under the age of five. Like any national challenge, sufficient, sustained funding is needed to address this issue.
Meeting the nutritional needs of young children is a particularly important aspect of global health, as insufficient nutrition during periods of rapid growth, which overlap with the weaning period, can have serious negative effects on health and other life-long outcomes. The long-term solution for solving micronutrient inadequacy is ensuring a sustainable and diverse diet through food-based approaches.
On father’s day, JSI’s Timothy Kiyemba travels to Uganda’s Lubaare health center to interview Kenneth, a health worker and dad of three, about how the involvement of fathers improves vaccination rates and other health outcomes.
The future of immunization supply chains in Africa was the subject of a recent discussion hosted by JSI and PATH at the Exchange of best practices workshop on Reaching Every Community (REC); Equity and Integration of Child survival interventions in East and Southern African Countries.” JSI’s Jeff Sanderson offers examples of immunization supply chains that have been effectively transformed.
Samson Kironde, Chief of Party of the STAR-EC project in Uganda, argues that the end of HIV is within our reach, but immediate and persistent action must be taken to break down the cultural, societal, and structural barriers that remain obstructions to that goal.
Public health officials and researchers in Uganda were pleasantly surprised to find that between 2001 and 2011, anemia rates had decreased markedly for women and children. However, sustaining this momentum requires an understanding of the reasons why anemia rates are decreasing.
How MCHIP successfully partnered with political and religious leaders to help vaccinate more children in Uganda.
Andrew Alyao Ocero is the Director of Clinical Services on JSI’s Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS and Tuberculosis (NUMAT) Program. In this blog, Dr. Ocero calls Rome a theatrical backdrop to the IAS 2011 conference’s grand three day performance, where findings of landmark clinical trials were put on show, studies were debated, and challenges and innovations were hashed out. He and fellow participating NUMAT staff noted the clear message that implementation science needs to become part and parcel of strategies aimed at strengthening health service delivery, took away a greater appreciation of the ways stronger referral mechanisms and more comprehensive MCH and FP services can attract more HIV clients to use services, and were given pause by two papers presented at the conference which put a caveat on assumptions about service integration as a panacea for improved HIV care.
Melissa Sharer writes about two service models in Vietnam and Uganda — one integrating HIV into mental health services, the other integrating mental health into HIV services. What did we learn when visiting both these sites a world away? People living with HIV (PLHIV) benefit from services that recognize how mental health and physical well-being work together to improve quality of life. Depression and anxiety are just as common among people living with HIV as those without. And when service providers are armed with skills in both mental health and HIV, they can offer holistic, much-needed support to PLHIV.