When it comes to tackling enduring—and new—global health challenges, health workers are at the center of the response. And evidence and advocacy are among our most powerful tools. We put data to work when we partner with governments, civil society organizations, and US and global policy-makers to ensure health policies are effective, equitable, and driven by the most up-to-date evidence available. It’s how we support frontline health workers and promote lasting, systemic change for health systems around the world.
Our work goes above and beyond educating and raising awareness to influence the practices and behaviors of policy- and other decision-makers to effect lasting impact in global health. Our key approaches include:
Analyzing and developing national policies, guidelines, and protocols for health workers, services, and systems
Applying health workforce and systems data for advocacy and policy-making
Amplifying the voices of citizens by building the capacity of civil society groups in advocacy
Professionalizing community health workers and frontline teams
Promoting gender equality in the health workforce
Building and leading multi-stakeholders coalitions around priority policy issues
Promoting sound investments by donor agencies and the private sector in health systems, the health workforce, and other global health priorities
Helped build and lead powerful coalitions for health workforce advocacy, including the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Safeguarding Health in Conflict, and more.
Helped the government of Senegal demonstrate that nurses could successfully and safely administer long acting and reversible contraceptives, leading to a task-sharing policy authorizing nurses in rural facilities to provide these services.
Demonstrated in a pilot study that auxiliary midwives called matrones, can safely and effectively perform active management of third stage of labor (AMTSL). IntraHealth helped Mali update its national policies and procedures accordingly.
In Ethiopia, implemented our “Five Dimensional Model” for advocacy against female genital cutting, which was selected by USAID in 2007 as one of three best practices in eliminating this form of gender-based violence.
Collaborated with Ethiopia's Ministry of Health to develop guidelines such as the training package for basic emergency obstetric care, a roadmap for safe motherhood, and plans to scale up Option B+ and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Informed—through survey results and costing data—a new national recruitment and retention policy for the health workforce in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It includes incentives to reward high-quality services and to encourage retention.
Placed 1,551 newly qualified health workers across Lao People's Democratic Republic through the first two phases of the national recruitment and retention policy in 2013 and 2014. We estimate that 2 million+ clients gained access to a health worker.