One of our fearless partners, Jhpiego, recently released its most recent Annual Report titled “Strengthening Health Systems for Strong, Healthy Families.” The report outlines their extraordinary work helping countries build strong, independent, efficient, and quality-driven health systems that save lives, particularly those of women and children.
They have launched several new initiatives, highlighting the lack of basic surgical care in low and middle-income countries and the ability of nurses to help fill that gap. With the mission of providing quality healthcare to those who need it most, and advocating for more integrated ways to deliver service working with local, regional and national health officials, Jhpiego reached districts in which one seventh of the world’s population reside in 2015.
Highlights of recent work helping countries build strong, independent, efficient, and quality-driven health systems that save lives include:
- Providing HIV testing and counseling and test results to 1.5 million individuals.
- Helping 1.1 million women globally deliver babies with a skilled birth attendant.
- Partnering with Ethiopian government to develop a modern, efficient human resources health system.
- Strengthening nursing and midwifery education in Myanmar.
- Advancing the skills of health workers across West Africa to fight future infectious disease epidemics.
- Expanding family planning services in the Philippines.
- Discovering new ways to influence adolescents in Kenya to delay pregnancy.
- Reaching vulnerable Tanzanians with an array of HIV prevention and treatment services.
This is just the tip of Jhpiego’s goals. They are hopeful that through their work in the next year, even more families will gain access to safe health care. Professionals in vulnerable parts of Africa and Asia will work to drive progress to reach the five billion people worldwide who have no opportunity for surgery today and will be supported them every step of the way.
Now this is a goal we can get behind.
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