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During September, IntraHealth received three separate multi-million-dollar awards to improve health in India, Tanzania and Southern Africa. The first, a $25 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), funds a program to improve maternal, neonatal and child health care in Northern India. IntraHealth has worked in India for more than ten years, leading and providing technical assistance to projects funded by USAID and the Gates Foundation.
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, Ethiopia, joined IntraHealth International, local and regional leaders and governmental officials in inaugurating the fistula pre-repair rehabilitation center in Woreta Health Center, Amhara Regional State, on June 27. In Ethiopia, where about 2.9 million women give birth each year, approximately 8,700 mothers will develop obstetric fistula.
July 27, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC—IntraHealth International, a leader in global public health located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will work with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a Cambridge, Massachusetts firm and three other partners on a three-year, $30 million contract to increase AIDS community care and support in Ethiopia. The project will nationally expand HIV/AIDS services including antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the community and health center level throughout the country. It is the largest program of its kind in Africa ever funded by the U.S.
June 20, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC—IntraHealth International, a leader in meeting the public health needs of developing countries, has been awarded a $27 million grant to improve health services in Rwanda. The HIV/AIDS Clinical Services Program is a new five-year grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that will reinforce Rwanda’s health care system and expand access to HIV/AIDS clinical services.
“Before, if we got sick and didn’t have any financial resources we used to have to sell our livestock or our land. Now, once we pay our contributions to the mutuelle we receive a membership card that we show to the health center, and we are treated without any constraints.”...
“They care for you because you have treated them. They need your services. You become friends and they feel they can tell you their secrets.”
For Agnes Thamaine, community outreach and close relationships with clients are essential to her profession. Thamaine, a private nurse-...
“Now there is no conflict. The man is not in a position of taking the side of his wife or his mother... they are all thinking on a similar track.”
Healthier birth practices and newborn care, with improved reproductive health outcomes, are more readily assured when all the...
“The other sisters were against postabortion care services until they saw the way a client presented herself, bleeding and in pain. Following the procedure the patient was very happy and cured. Now the sisters have changed their minds.”
Trained in postabortion care (PAC)...
“Villagers appreciate that we are selling family planning commodities. And when someone is benefited, he conveys it to another person. This is the way the number of clients has increased.”
For Indigenous Systems of Medicine Practitioners (ISMPs) in Uttar Pradesh, selling name-...
“Before PRIME II, we in the health system were not paying enough attention to the rural health posts. Now, we have begun to appreciate the important contributions that nurses and midwives at those facilities can make to improvements in the primary health care system.”
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