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.

Effective Use of GeneXpert Machine at Apac Hospital in Uganda Improves Identification of TB Cases

JSI’s TB team from the USAID-funded Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango program worked with the leadership from a hospital and the district health office to identify the reasons the hospital was underusing GeneXpert and developed a plan to address the issue.

These Micronutrients Have a Mighty Impact

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.

Tracking Nutrition Funding Isn’t Easy, but the Payoff Could be Better Outcomes

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.

Nourishing Children Where Food is not Enough

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.

“Gone are the days when all family health affairs were left to women alone”: A Ugandan father speaks

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.

Next Generation Supply Chains – A Dialogue with EPI and Child Health Managers

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.

Yes, we possess the tools to end the HIV epidemic!

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.

Addressing the What, the Who and the Why behind recent reductions in anemia in Uganda: A multisectoral effort to find out

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.