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Global Health Solutions Begin with Health Workers

Health workers—community health educators, medical assistants, nurses, midwives, doctors, and others are key to improving people’s lives.

Giving Birth: the Good News

Last week, Time published “The Perils of Pregnancy: One Woman’s Tale of Dying to Give Birth,” a poignant photo essay and article on the grim reality of women dying in childbirth in Sierra Leone. I read the piece with mixed emotions. The images, the tone of the Time article contrasted sharply with everything I heard last week during Women Deliver 2010 conference: family planning use is increasing, child survival is improving, and there have been steady declines in the number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes, according to a recent Lancet article.

Cooperating to Change Lives

None of our work is taking place in a vacuum, and none of us have expertise in all areas that need to be changed to improve people’s lives in low-resource areas. Partnerships that, on the surface, seem unlikely can turn out to be surprisingly supportive of each other.

The IntraHealth Timeline

As we look forward to IntraHealth’s 30th Anniversary Event on April 22nd, we invite you to take a walk with us through IntraHealth’s last 30 years on our new interactive timeline.

World Health Day 2010: Urbanization and Health

This year’s World Health Day theme—Urbanization and Health—reflects the rising number of people living in cities around the world.

Top 10 Myths about the Global Health Workforce Crisis Busted at the National Physicians Alliance Conference

Recently, I presented this Top 10 at the National Physicians Alliance (NPA) Annual Meeting in California.

Salute to Women Health Workers

I salute the women of the world today on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2010.

Collecting 30 Years of Stories, Achievements, Challenges & Changes

IntraHealth and I are approximately the same age. Well, let’s just say we were both born in the seventies anyway. Therefore, it seemed fitting when I was charged with telling IntraHealth’s 30th...

Welcome to IntraHealth's Global Health Blog

Welcome to IntraHealth’s Global Health Blog, a space for open discussion on the major issues facing the global health community. We will be sharing perspectives from the field, with a focus on the...

Collective Effervescence at the International Family Planning Conference

As the final plenary session ended in Uganda last week, I felt a sense of excitement. Exhaustion, yes, but also this urge to stand up and shout…let’s do something, anything, to make the dream of ready access to family planning services world over a reality.

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