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IntraHealth at 40: The Future of Global Health Starts Here

These 3 big lessons are helping us shape the future of health care around the world.Read more

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Behind the Scenes: Attracting Mainstream Media Attention for Health Workers

An email in my inbox one month ago invited me to attend the first planning meeting for a visit by Pape Gaye, our president and CEO, to Tanzania, but it was also an invitation to elevate health and health workers as newsworthy topics to my former teammates: journalists.

Nine Reasons We Place Health Workers at the Center of Our Efforts

Maureen Kanyiginya is a young midwife with a gentle and confident presence. Meet her and others through our new video series.

Health Workers Are Change Agents

The shortage of health workers around the world is estimated at over 4 million, and 57 countries are experiencing a critical shortage, defined as having fewer than 2.3 doctors, nurses or midwives per 1,000 population.

First Days in Nairobi

Habari! (“Hello” in Kiswahili.) Well, after many intensive weeks of planning and transitioning from my daily work responsibilities to my fellowship objectives, I’ve made the journey from Dublin, Ireland to Nairobi, Kenya.

Health Under Attack: The Need to Safeguard Health in Conflict

Attacks on hospitals, medical equipment, ambulances, and on health workers themselves gravely limit the access to care of communities in need.

In Memory of Marcus Pridgen: Honoring Excellence

Our beloved colleague Marcus Pridgen passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 after a long illness.

Part 1: Opening the Umbrella of Primary Care to Include HIV Services in Namibia—Background & Context

Namibia finds itself where many countries in the region may find themselves over the next several years—on the brink of graduating from United States Government (USG) funding. This milestone comes in part due to Namibia’s middle-income country status as well as economic realities that are constraining donor funding at the global level.

Part 2: Opening the Umbrella of Primary Care to Include HIV Services in Namibia—Organizational Capacity Assessments

Capacity assessments by nature reveal weaknesses and gaps that have the potential to make participants feel vulnerable. Recognizing this, we held introductory meetings with the program and facility management teams of our partners—Catholic Health Services, Lutheran Medical Services, and Anglican Medical Services—to explain the process and get their buy-in.

The Changing Landscape of International Development: The Turbulent Journey Ahead

I recently had the honor of co-chairing InterAction Forum 2012 along with Carolyn Miles of Save the Children . This year’s Forum brought more than 1,000 representatives of InterAction’s member...

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