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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...

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. In...

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 told...

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 live...

The Future of Health Care in Mali Starts with Women

More than half of Mali’s residents live in rural areas. Add to that the country’s shortage of health workers and high-quality training programs, plus political instability, and high-quality health care becomes much harder to access. But over the past two decades, IntraHealth International’s Mali country director Cheick Touré and his team have worked to change that. We sat down with him to discuss the changing landscape in Mali and what the future...

These 10 Trends will Define Digital Health in the Next Decade

It’s been ten years since the first truly affordable smartphone was introduced and unleashed a transformation across the African continent. These days, over 40% of all Africans use smartphones, and the technology generates 8.6% of GDP in sub-Saharan Africa. But the tech transformation hasn’t stopped with telecommunications. The field of digital health has expanded, too. To kick off 2020, IntraHealth International’s digital health team examined...

Is This Health Worker Ready to Prevent HIV? There's a Game for That

Around 1.4 million people are living with HIV in Tanzania. While there’s been a 49% decrease in the number of AIDS-related deaths since 2010, the country is still a long way from epidemic control. Training health workers to mitigate the spread of the disease is crucial. The World Health Organization estimates that we need over 7 million additional skilled health workers to meet just the basic health care needs of the world’s 7.6 billion residents...

Data-Driven Strategies and Creative Approaches to Addressing HIV Get Results in South Sudan

As the number of new HIV infections rises in South Sudan and the country struggles to provide high-quality health care during an ongoing civil war, IntraHealth International is partnering with the Ministry of Health and health workers to make better care available to more people. In 2018, only 24% of people living with HIV in South Sudan knew their status and only 16% of people living with HIV were on treatment, according to UNAIDS. The epidemic...