News & Updates

IntraHealth invests in iHRIS and a full spectrum of digital solutions to support universal health access. Learn more about our progress through our news and updates.

Five COVID Response Insights for Digital Development Practitioners
The COVID Digital Response Workshop on March 12 brought together 300 digital development practitioners from governments, donors, and health systems in low- and middle-income countries to explore the challenges and opportunities for COVID-19 response. Subscribe now to get invited to future events. Over three hours, we explored the novel coronavirus impact on health care systems and where digital health solutions could improve...
3 Ways Our Tools and Teams around the World Are Combatting COVID-19
It’s a whole new world for many of us this week. The US-based staff at IntraHealth International are working from home, conducting all our meetings online, and working fast to adapt our programs to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. For 40 years, we’ve known that frontline health workers are every country's first line in detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging threats. That's why we train and equip local health workers on disease...
10 Global Digital Health Solutions for International Coronavirus Response
Global coronavirus infections now exceed 200,000 confirmed cases in 144 countries, with over 8,205 deaths from COVID-19, leading to international travel bans and almost 40 conference cancellations across the international development industry. Donors like USAID , DFID , World Bank , and Gates Foundation are asking, “What global digital health solutions are available for international COVID response that can be implemented by government health...
10 Women Who Are Shaping the Future of Global Health
Today 70% of the health workforce is made up of women. Yet they occupy only 25% of senior roles. “Leaving the gender balance to equalize on its own is not an option,” according to the World Health Organization . “Unless specific, targeted measures are taken, workplace gender equality is estimated to take 202 years.” We’ll need to tackle it long before then to reach universal health coverage. Lucky for us all, women all over the world—from the...
Nurses Can Bridge the Divide between the Clinic and the Policymaker
Pamela McQuide started her career as a nurse. Then she was a community organizer, a public health legislative aide, a family planning and reproductive health researcher, an assistant professor, and the country director for IntraHealth International’s Namibia projects. Now, she’s a leading expert on health workforce programs at IntraHealth. Her expertise in digital health, nursing, and international development gives her a unique perspective on...
What Happens When Global Health and Data Science Collide?
Data scientist Amy Finnegan’s job is to ask the right questions to get new answers. She uses machine learning to solve global health puzzles like “Why do women who use contraception in low-income countries stop using if they still want to avoid pregnancy?” and “What elements of populations and geography can determine whether a health program is successful?” We sat down with her to ask how this work is shaping the future of global health—and what...
IntraHealth's Free iHRIS Software Valued at Over $1.8 Million
iHRIS—IntraHealth International's free, open source software now used by 28 countries to track and manage health workforce data—has a value of $1.8–$2.4 million , according to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The cost of replacing iHRIS if it were to suddenly disappear would be $10.8 million, they found. iHRIS can be used as a tool to foster discussion in other development sectors....
Uganda Adds 43,000+ Health Workers, Expands Access to Care in 128 Districts
Between 2014 and 2019, Uganda added more than 43,000 health workers in 128 districts, thanks to IntraHealth International’s Strengthening Human Resources for Health (SHRH) in Uganda Activity. In 2015, Uganda was far below the World Health Organization standard of 2.3 doctors , nurses, and midwives per 1,000 people. And while new workers were graduating from health professional schools, they weren’t filling the major service gaps because staffing...
10 Global Health Issues to Watch in the 2020s
Every year, we look at the top global health issues coming our way in the next 12 months. But global health is a long game and it’s a brand-new decade, so this year, we’re looking ahead to the coming 10 years. From coronavirus to digital health to climate change, here are 10 of the global health issues that we at IntraHealth International will be watching in the decade to come. Infectious diseases & potential pandemics In 2018, Bill Gates...
The Future of Health Care in Rwanda Starts with a Strong Government Partnership
Just a decade ago, Rwanda struggled to provide high-quality health services. But when the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals pushed for change, Rwanda was focused, proactive, and determined to provide better for its 12 million people. Now, the country is an example of how hopes for better health care can become a reality. In the past two decades, the maternal mortality rate in Rwanda has dropped from 1,071 to 210 deaths per 100,000...

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