Global Health Impact: Improving Child Health in Communities and at Home

Global Health Impact: Improving Child Health in Communities and at Home

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Improving Child Health in Communities and at Home, the April/May 2012 edition of MSH's Global Health Impact newsletter (subscribe), features personal stories about child survival and child health in developing countries.

"Prevention, treatment and care close to the home are keys to saving children's lives," says Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH president & chief executive officer, who blogs about saving children's lives through interventions closer to home, shares his 5th birthday picture, and encourages us to support USAID's 5th Birthday Campaign.

Stories about child survival and child health

The newsletter highlights a number of compelling stories from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, and Lesotho.

Kangaroo Mother Care

Born two months premature and weighing less than 3 pounds at birth, Mardochet Ulunga could have become another infant mortality statistic, except for one thing: tiny Mardochet was born in a remote Congolese health facility where the staff had received training in kangaroo mother care, as part of the USAID-funded Democratic Republic of Congo Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP).

Village Health Teams

Ezekiel Kyasesa, the village health team coordinator in Kasese District, Uganda, received training from USAID's STRIDES for Family Health. Now he and the team visit households, talking with mothers about health services, including antenatal care and family planning.

Community-Based Support

In Nigeria, once isolated, stigmatized and forced into hard labor, Chinaecherem, a 14-year old, HIV-positive orphan, finds a second chance at life through education, through partner, Spring of Life Support Group, and the USAID-funded Community-Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) project.

Through the CUBS project and partner Synergy Care Initiative, Godgift, a young, homeless child from Bayelsa State, Nigeria, is reunited with his father and reintegrated in the community.

A CUBS project representative stands with Mrs. Fred and Godgift. Photo credit: MSH.


Building Local Capacity

In Lesotho, twenty orphaned youth from 10 villages in the Mohale's Hoek district board a bus to a six-month vocational training, accompanied by two workers from the Centre for Impacting Lives, in partnership with MSH and with support from the USAID-funded Building Local Capacity for the Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project.

Improving Pharmaceutical Management

In related news, USAID's Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), presented on improving drug management for maternal health at this year's Asia Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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