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Two of MSH’s Senior Principal Technical Advisors, Dr. Bill Newbrander and Dr. Paul Ickx, have led the development of four articles for a special issue of Global Public Health, a journal from Columbia University, entitled Afghanistan’s Health System: Moving Forward in Challenging Circumstances, 2002-2013. These articles are available with the others in the special issue on the Taylor & Francis Group website and on MSH’s website and can be freely shared. Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health, is the lead author of the last article:  

{Photo credit: Jessica Charles/MSH, Nigeria.}Photo credit: Jessica Charles/MSH, Nigeria.

In Nigeria, 17.5 million children are orphans or vulnerable children; 2.5 million of these children are AIDS orphans. Although it is customary in Nigeria for extended family and community members to care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), the capacity and resources of these individuals and households have been overextended by the growing number of OVC and the complexity of their needs. "For me, it’s about saving a generation from HIV, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing," says Obialunamma ("Oby") Onoh, associate director for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the Community-Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria (CUBS) project. Funded by PEPFAR through USAID and led by MSH, the CUBS Project has provided care and support to children orphaned by AIDS and vulnerable children in 11 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

{Photo credit: Annette Scheckler/MSH.}Photo credit: Annette Scheckler/MSH.

A Phone Call for Health   Alongside a road in a remote area of the Amhara Region, Solomon Dawit*, a truck driver from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, sits waiting for a ride to the nearest town. He has two big problems: his truck has broken down and he doesn’t know how long it would take to get the parts needed to fix it. Another problem?  He is running out of his lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) medication. After one month of waiting, Dawit’s truck is fixed, and he heads back home to Addis Ababa.  

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