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Kate Stratten

Regional Director for Southern Africa and Global Programs

Kate Stratten oversees IntraHealth’s portfolio of programs in Southern Africa. She brings over 15 years of leadership and technical experience managing multi-million dollar, international public health projects.

Stratten’s areas of expertise include: HIV and AIDS, family planning, fistula prevention and care, gender-based violence, maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening. She has specific experience developing and implementing community mobilization and behavior change communication strategies as well as developing curricula and training programs.

Stratten has managed the start-up of many large initiatives, including the AIDS Resource Center in Ethiopia, the national AIDS Hotline in South Africa, and the introduction of community-based prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services in low-prevalence areas. Since joining IntraHealth in 2008, she’s managed the organization’s programs in Ethiopia and Southern Africa and role in a number of global initiatives, such as LINKAGES and Evidence to Action (E2A). Prior to IntraHealth, Stratten worked for Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs and as a health communications consultant in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She holds a BS and honors in social work from the University of Cape Town.

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Twelve Years Later, HIV in Namibia Looks Very Different

There's been enormous progress here, but adolescent girls and young women still face particular risk.

The Right Training Can Change Minds, Hearts, and HIV Services

Health workers who understand those at greatest risk of contracting HIV are more likely to reach them.

To Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation, We Need More Problem Solvers

Putting what we already know works into practice is key to the fight against AIDS.

Zambia Could Be First Country to Distribute Pratt Pouch Nationally

It looks like a little ketchup packet. But it could help HIV-positive women throughout Zambia give their newborns a virus-free start.

Women and Men Learning the Basics of Emergency Obstetric Care

Three groups of 24 Ethiopian midwives learned basic emergency obstetric care skills, such as inserting catheters and post-abortion care.

Respecting Women in the Delivery Room Should Be the Norm—Too Often It’s Not

Part of my work here at IntraHealth is on a program in Ethiopia that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. One of the ways we do this is by encouraging women to deliver in a health facility where they can get prophylactic care to stop HIV transmission.

Actual Needs and Donor Priorities in HIV/AIDS—The Frustrating Gap

Reading Samuel Loewenberg’s article, “Ethiopia Struggles to Make Its Voice Heard,” I thought, finally, someone is speaking out about something too many of us remain silent on—the vast gap in some countries between actual needs and donors’ perceived priorities, particularly when it comes to HIV/AIDS funding.

Door-to-Door, Family-to-Family HIV Counseling and Testing

Bata Geleto walks up to a small mud house in Shashemene, a town in the southern region of Ethiopia. She carries a large, blue bag and an umbrella to protect herself from the sun as she walks house...

Top Ten Ways to Encourage Breastfeeding

Last week the world celebrated World Breastfeeding Week with a focus on the ten steps every health facility should take to promote successful breastfeeding.

Reporting from Ethiopia: Women Supporting Each Other in Living with HIV

Earlier this week, I wrote about realities of childbirth in rural Ethiopia, of seeing a woman in agonizing labor, a woman suffering from obstetric fistula, and the dream of another young woman, Zanab, of becoming a fistula doctor.

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