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Swaziland has the world's highest known rate of HIV infection—over 38% in the adult population. Average life expectancy has declined to just 39 years. Orphans are estimated to number almost 70,000, projected to increase to 120,000 by 2010. A vast number of this small country’s households are...
“The Leadership Development Program has taught us shared vision, collaborative approach and enhanced team spirit. Teamwork has replaced the historical differences between the hospital administrator, the matron and the medical superintendent, and we all work to achieve results,” says Leonard...
In geographically small and densely populated Rwanda, “there’s an imbalance between population growth and economic development,” says Dr. Camille Munyangabe. As the national representative for family planning on the Maternal and Child Health Task Force at the Ministry of Health, he is dedicated...
March 3, 2008, Chapel Hill, NC—The global public health organization IntraHealth International is launching a $275,000, 18-month media project to help the Rwandan government strengthen its political and institutional commitment to family planning and reproductive health throughout much of the country, the organization’s president announced today.
In Swaziland, a dwindling health workforce has been dealing with a heavy patient workload, providing care to the country’s high number of HIV-affected citizens and delivering services to meet other pressing needs. Health professionals have watched many of their colleagues move away from the...
“People are a great strength. If you have people on your side, then things move,” says Carol Karutu, IntraHealth International program manager in Juba, Southern Sudan.
Change is occurring rapidly in Southern Sudan, which became an autonomous region in 2005 after decades of conflict. The...
IntraHealth International has created a website for Learning for Performance: A Guide and Toolkit for Health Worker Training and Education Programs (LFP) to enable users to easily access the publication’s content, tools, and links to references and resources. LFP offers a step-by-step, customizable approach to training that focuses on essential job skills and effective learning methods while addressing the application of new skills on the job. LFP emphasizes:
IntraHealth has been selected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lead a new program to increase the accessibility and use of confidential HIV counseling and testing services among selected rural populations in Zambia. Funded under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the five-year, $1.5 million dollar initiative will work in two Zambian districts—Namwala and Luangwa.
A clinic worker in Mali has a problem. She needs to disinfect the equipment and contaminated supplies in her clinic with a bleach-based solution. If she uses too much bleach some parts of the equipment will soon begin to disintegrate. But if she uses too little the clinic’s equipment and contaminated supplies will not be adequately sterilized. The solution is unstable and must be mixed by hand every day. The person mixing the solution doesn’t have a formal education, or even a calculator to help her work out the required proportions.
“We have been looking for something like this before – and now it is here,” says Dr. Solomon Ole Logilunore, a municipal medical officer of health in the Arusha region of Tanzania.
More available routine HIV counseling and testing – badly needed in a country in which 7% of the population...
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