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IntraHealth Project Official Discusses Health Workers, Systems

In a post in IntraHealth’s “Vital” blog, Carol Bales, communications officer at IntraHealth International, interviews Malik Jaffer, deputy director of human resources for health and health systems strengthening for the IntraHealth International-led CapacityPlus project, about training health workers, creating strong health systems, and collecting data (11/3).

To Achieve Universal Health Coverage, Strengthen Health Systems, Workforce

Noting the global health community is “moving beyond vertical programming, seeing more integrated services and a focus on strengthening health systems and the health workforce,” Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Though this isn’t happening systematically…

Proactive Health Care System Can Save Lives

“What if, instead of waiting for patients to overcome the many obstacles they face to come in for care, health systems were proactive, and went searching for patients door-to-door?” Ari Johnson, a co-founder of Muso and a physician at the University of California San Francisco, asks in the Bill &…

Proactive Health Care Model Reduces Child Mortality In Mali, Study Shows

“The mortality rate among children under age five living in Yirimadjo, Mali, southeast of the capital, Bamako, decreased by nearly tenfold over three years after the Malian Ministry of Health and NGOs Tostan and Muso introduced a new health care model: proactively seeking out patients and treating them early,” IRIN…

Health Groups Launch Initiative To Stop Violence Against Aid Workers In Conflict Zones

“Several medical associations and non-governmental organizations have launched an initiative to tackle violence against aid workers in conflict zones,” The Lancet reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “along with key players in global health such as the World Medical Association (WMA), the British Medical Association (BMA), and…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 34 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on health efforts in South Sudan, where the Global Fund and other partners are supporting the Juba National Health Training Institute “to train people to lead…

Two Policemen, Polio Worker Killed In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

“Two policemen and a polio worker were killed by gunmen in separate incidents in restive northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said,” the Los Angeles Times reports (Ali/Magnier, 12/13). “In the first attack Friday, gunmen opened fire on two officers as they were riding on a motorcycle to the town of…

Invest In Health Workers For Better Health Care Delivery

In a guest post in IntraHealth’s “Vital” blog, Vanessa Kerry, founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, examines the need to invest in health workers, writing, “For essential caregivers — whether they’re physicians, midwives, or skilled birth attendants — training can mean the difference between life and death.” She highlights…

Rapid Deployment Of Health Workers Lowers Child Mortality In Mali

The New York Times reports on a study published last week in PLOS ONE showing the rapid deployment of community health workers in Yirimadjo, Mali, helped create “a 90 percent drop in deaths among young children from 2008 to 2011.” Lead author Ari Johnson of the University of California San…

Thomson Reuters Foundation Examines Efforts To Train Doctors, Nurses In Haiti

The Thomson Reuters Foundation examines “a new crop of doctors hoping to fill the acute shortage of doctors in Haiti and take the lead in reviving a health sector still struggling to recover from the massive earthquake that flattened the capital Port-au-Prince in January 2010.” The news service notes “there…