Back in the 1980s, I met a nurse named Viviane in Kigali, Rwanda. Her clients loved her and would travel great distances to see her. She was the consummate frontline health worker, doing everything she could for those who needed her.
After the genocide, Viviane disappeared. No one knew what had become of her. Until one day, I got an envelope in the mail with Congolese stamps.
“I’m alive,” Viviane wrote. “I’m in a refugee camp in the Congo.” And she was looking for information on how to provide services to the women in that camp.
Despite everything, she was still putting her clients first.
As my time as president & CEO of IntraHealth ends, I’m thinking about the incredible progress we’ve made over the past 40 years, thanks to health workers like Viviane.
As a global community, we’ve cut extreme poverty, maternal deaths, and child deaths. We’ve made contraception and education available to more women andgirls. People’s lives have improved.
I’m incredibly proud of IntraHealth and all we’ve accomplished. Our annual revenue has grown from $20 million 14 years ago to over $118 million in 2019. We’re reaching hundreds of thousands of health workers each year.
But we have more to do. And I can’t think of a better person to lead the charge than Polly Dunford, IntraHealth’s next president and CEO.
The future of global health starts here.