Global Health Impact: Saving Lives and Improving Health: 12 Stories

Global Health Impact: Saving Lives and Improving Health: 12 Stories

{Photo credt: Katy Doyle/MSH}Photo credt: Katy Doyle/MSH

For the third consecutive year, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) sponsored an internal storytelling contest, inviting staff to submit MSH's best examples of saving lives and improving health around the world.

Today, we share the top 12 stories of 2014, as selected by a cross-section of staff, in this special edition of our Global Health Impact Newsletter.

Click on each story to learn more about the people, projects, and partners who, together with MSH, make strong health systems happen. Visit 11 of the countries where we work and meet a few of the thousands of people whose lives have been transformed.

~ Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH President & CEO

Tanzania

[Cecilia tracks medication usage to prevent stock-outs of medicines and supplies at the Kiloleli Dispensary, Mwanza, Tanzania.] {Photo credit: Brooke Huskey/MSH.}Cecilia tracks medication usage to prevent stock-outs of medicines and supplies at the Kiloleli Dispensary, Mwanza, Tanzania.Photo credit: Brooke Huskey/MSH.

Empowering Health Workers to Rapidly Diagnose and Treat Malaria Among Children in Mwanza, Tanzania

by Maryanne O'Brien

On-the-job training and ongoing mentorship have empowered Cecilia Lunda to confidently control a dispensary's stocks of malaria medicines and to encourage parents to bring sick children to her facility -- because she knows she will have the necessary supplies to care for them.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

[Marie Miambokila Mumba and her newborn twins at the Luiza General Referral Hospital in Kasaï Occidental, DRC.] {Photo credit: MSH}Marie Miambokila Mumba and her newborn twins at the Luiza General Referral Hospital in Kasaï Occidental, DRC.Photo credit: MSH

Skilled Attendants Use Helping Babies Breathe® Method to Save Newborns in the DRC

by Jean Kayembe

Trained in the Helping Babies Breathe® technique, an evidence-based, neonatal resuscitation approach for resource-limited settings, skilled birthing attendants are more safely and effectively delivering newborns at Luiza General Referral Hospital.

Kenya

[Jemila Hussein, shown here with her vegetable business; is no longer hiding from her HIV diagnosis.] {Photo courtesy: Kenya’s National Organisation of Peer Educators}Jemila Hussein, shown here with her vegetable business; is no longer hiding from her HIV diagnosis.Photo courtesy: Kenya’s National Organisation of Peer Educators

FANIKISHA Brings Back Hope: Jemila’s Story of Living Positively with HIV in Kenya

by Mary Kuira and Henry Kilonzo

A community HIV and AIDS sensitization program is helping people living with HIV learn how to maintain health, generate income, and live positively with HIV.

Uganda

[Medicines management supervisors receive computer training for collecting, submitting, and analyzing SPARS data.] {Photo credit: MSH}Medicines management supervisors receive computer training for collecting, submitting, and analyzing SPARS data.Photo credit: MSH

Supervision, Performance Assessment, and Recognition Strategy Improves Health Services across Uganda

by Tadeo Atuhura 

Developed by MSH and partners, the Supervision, Performance Assessment, and Recognition Strategy (SPARS) increases health workers’ ability to manage medicines through on-the-job training and support from a new cadre of medicines management supervisors in Uganda.

Madagascar

[Rasoanirina leading a meeting in her village.] {Photo credit: MSH}Rasoanirina leading a meeting in her village.Photo credit: MSH

Madagascar: Improving Health by Empowering Women

by Fanja Saholiarisoa 

As a result of training in leadership, raising awareness, health messages, and gender values, women of Masiakakoho are spreading health messages to fellow villagers.

Ethiopia

[Meleakeselam Kahilayu, Teklehaimanot monastery, South Tigray, Ethiopia.] {Photo credit: MSH staff}Meleakeselam Kahilayu, Teklehaimanot monastery, South Tigray, Ethiopia.Photo credit: MSH staff

Ethiopia: One Teacher Can Save Thousands of Lives

by Gebre Mekonnen

Religious leaders trained on HIV-related issues now counsel people living with HIV to continue their antiretroviral therapy while using holy water at the monastery.

[Pharmacist Bethlehem Nega counsels a patient.] {Photo credit: Annette Scheckler/MSH.}Pharmacist Bethlehem Nega counsels a patient.Photo credit: Annette Scheckler/MSH.

A Phone Call for Health: Improving HIV Patient Care and Adherence to Treatment in Ethiopia

by Hailu Tadeg, Edmealem Ejigu, and Annette Sheckler

Patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the Bole Health Clinic, one of several hundred sites across the country, are benefiting from efforts by MSH and partners to establish and maintain an effective electronic information system at ART pharmacies to monitor patient adherence; drug resistance; access to medicines; prescribing, dispensing, and medicine use practices; and patient safety.

South Africa

[Tshoeu, skeptical at first, now encourages others to access health care.] {Photo credit: MSH}Tshoeu, skeptical at first, now encourages others to access health care.Photo credit: MSH

South African Community Chief Overcomes TB Stigma to Become an Agent for Change

by Gwadamirai Majange and Daki Ndiwalana 

Community leaders, as key personalities who shape public opinion, can play a central role in fighting tuberculosis (TB)-related stigma and encouraging people to test for TB and adhere to treatment.

Peru

[Community leaders and authorities participate in first module of program for Moral Leadership and Community Management.] {Photo credit: Benjamín Balarezo/MSH}Community leaders and authorities participate in first module of program for Moral Leadership and Community Management.Photo credit: Benjamín Balarezo/MSH

Peruvian Leaders Guide Their Communities to a Just and Healthy Life

by Eliana López Pérez

Local leaders, trained in health-minded community development, have encouraged their communities to adopt the cultivation of coffee, cocoa, and bananas in place of coca cultivation, resulting in cleaner communities and homes, and families adopting overall healthy behaviors.

Angola

[National Malaria Control Program and SIAPS staff doing inventory control during a field visit.] {Photo courtesy SIAPS/Angola}National Malaria Control Program and SIAPS staff doing inventory control during a field visit.Photo courtesy SIAPS/Angola

Improving Supply Chain Management for Malaria: Lessons from Angola

by Patrick Gaparayi and Lubaki Joao

Interventions to improve procurement and supply chain management of medicines and health commodities at the provincial and national levels are helping to ensure the availability of recommended artemisinin-based combination therapy, rapid diagnosis tests, and Sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine for better malaria case management.

Swaziland

[Victoria Mwanza is among the first cohort receiving a pharmacy certificate in Swaziland.]Victoria Mwanza is among the first cohort receiving a pharmacy certificate in Swaziland.

First Students Graduate from SIAPS Supported Pre-Service Pharmacy Training Program in Swaziland 

by Dr. Sara Padidar

Victoria Mwanza is part of the first cohort of pharmacy assistants to graduate from the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) with a Certificate in Pharmacy.

South Sudan

[David Kolang leads a community awareness session on TB.] {Photo credit: Emmanuel Kenyi/MSH}David Kolang leads a community awareness session on TB.Photo credit: Emmanuel Kenyi/MSH

Community Mobilizers Help Control TB in South Sudan

by Emmanuel Benjamin Kenyi and Dr. Stephen Macharia

Two-hundred-forty community mobilizers from Yei, Lainya, and Morobo counties learned how to identify TB symptoms, refer patients to health facilities for diagnosis, and provide support to patients on treatment for TB.

 

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