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Renovated Health Center
A $5,000 Makeover
for Maternal Health

Jhpiego’s improvements to a Uganda health facility used local tradesmen to give women a clean, bright and safe place to give birth
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Family at Health Center
Mentor Mothers Provide a Path to HIV Wellness
When Mary was diagnosed with HIV, the despairing teen ran away from her family and stopped taking her meds. Then she met Lucia Abasi, a “mentor mother” in South Sudan who gently but firmly guided her back to home and health.
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Health Worker with Water Containers
Digital Delivers During Mozambique Disaster
A sustainable digital platform helps health workers mobilized during emergencies like Cyclone Idai to prevent the spread of disease.
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Growing Up Girl
In Kenya's informal settlements, it's tough being a girl. But a new club is teaching young women the skills they need to stay healthy and reach their dreams.
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Resourcefully Yours
The association of depression and anxiety symptoms with increased risk of HIV infection and poor adherence to treatment underscores the need to integrate routine mental health screening in HIV programming, a PLoS ONE study reveals. The authors of “Prevalence and correlates of depression and anxiety symptoms among out-of-school adolescent girls and young women in Tanzania: A cross-sectional study,” identified symptoms of depression and anxiety among more than one-third of 3,013 sexually active young women, ages 15–23 and out of school. The high prevalence of depression and anxiety among this group in northern Tanzania highlights the need for mental health services.
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In-depth interviews and focus group discussions inform the aptly titled qualitative study, “‘It builds your confidence … you’ve done well’: Healthcare workers’ experiences of participating in a low-dose, high-frequency training to improve newborn survival on the day of birth in Ghana.” Together with impact and cost-effectiveness evaluations of low-dose, high-frequency trainings, findings from this study, published on Gates Open Research, suggest that the approach works well to build health care worker capacity in Ghana and similar settings. “The positive relationships between health care workers and mentors and health care workers’ recognition of meaningful results of their work appeared to motivate further improvement and a commitment to maintaining achievements,” the authors report.
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Group antenatal care (G-ANC) was associated with higher facility-based delivery rates in Nigeria, new research in PLoS One shows. “Impact of group antenatal care (G-ANC) versus individual antenatal care (ANC) on quality of care, ANC attendance and facility-based delivery: A pragmatic cluster-randomized controlled trial in Kenya and Nigeria” offers an analysis of data from 826 Kenyan women and 1018 Nigerian women. The authors conclude that, in both settings, G-ANC was associated with a higher frequency of ANC visits and a larger proportion of women receiving quality ANC.
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