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The Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) works to help strengthen health managers and their teams to address real organizational challenges. One such organization is Kenerela, a network of religious leaders with HIV working throughout Kenya to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and address stigma, denial, and discrimination issues."My mother, stop lying to me.

The Angola Project works to improve diagnosis and treatment of childhood disease. {Photo by Carmen Urdaneta 2004.}Photo by Carmen Urdaneta 2004.

Improving Quality of Health Services in the Worst of Circumstances "Take me to surgery!" Sofia screams the words, battling after the hours of pain she has endured. She lies on a small bed in the Cacuaco Health Center maternity ward, where two nurses are doing their best to help her. Sofia arrived several hours earlier, brought in after laboring in her home for hours. Even though she was given three doses of the labor-inducing drug Pitocin, she has not given birth.

What does a single mosquito inside a house in Burkina Faso have to do with a regional economic community of over 100 million people? For the countries of West Africa, this is an increasingly important question. In Mali, the government's program of insecticide-treated bed nets is bringing down the number of incidences of malaria in children. Although the technology for treating bed nets is available in Burkina Faso, the program hasn't been as successful there.

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