IntraHealth International

Our commitment: IntraHealth is a global champion for health workers. We have pledged to double our impact between 2011 and 2015 to ensure that more health workers are present, ready, connected, and safe. Mission: IntraHealth empowers health workers to better serve communities in need around the world. We foster local solutions to health care challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology, and leveraging partnerships. ...
Jun 9, 2016

Ethiopia Final Report

This project supported the training of community nursing students in Ethiopia's Alkan Health Science College. Originating from rural communities, the nursing students completed a 36-month program at Alkan's Dessie campus in the rural highlands of the Amhara region. In addition to formal medical training, these students also gained a concrete understanding of the importance of returning to their remote communities after graduating in order to increase access to primary health care services.  

Many of these students have first-hand experience of how challenging it can be to find a health worker when a family or community member is facing a medical emergency. IntraHealth International has been helping Ethiopia to strengthening the country’s systems to train, manage, recruit, post, and retain a high-quality and equitably distributed health workforce, yet much remains to be done to ensure every family has access to high-quality, integrated health services. The country’s health system continues to face challenges and human resources for health are both insufficient and poorly distributed, leaving many—particularly rural communities—without access to trained and supported health workers.

While the effort to scale up the health workforce in Ethiopia is ongoing, this project has had a positive impact increasing the number of health workers. This project has come to a close but it is our hope that the students who received training will inspire others to seek similar opportunities.

IntraHealth is extremely appreciative of the support this project received. We encourage our donors and supports to check out our other project on Global Giving, “Restore Dignity to Women in Mali.” Please also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IntraHealth/?fref=ts) and Twitter (@IntraHealth). You can also stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter: http://intrahealth.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=24ebd0d55aceda622cfea925c&id=c460ab6686.

May 26, 2016

Final Report

The Afya Elimu Fund, Swahili for Health Education, provided loans to students in Kenya who were interested in pursuing an education in health care. Like many countries around the world, Kenya has a serious shortage of health workers. There is only 1 doctor, nurse, or midwife for every 1,000 people, less than half the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization. The deficit is even worse in hard-to-reach areas since most health workers prefer to live and work in urban areas.

IntraHealth International has been helping Kenya strengthening the country’s systems to train, manage, recruit, post, and retain a high-quality and equitably distributed health workforce. While there are still not enough qualified workers to make high-quality services available to everyone, this project has had a positive impact and increased the number of health workers in Kenya. This project has come to a close but it is our hope that the students who received training will inspire others to seek similar opportunities.

IntraHealth is extremely appreciative of the support this project received. We encourage our donors and supports to check out our other project on Global Giving, “Restore Dignity to Women in Mali.” Please also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IntraHealth/?fref=ts) and Twitter (@IntraHealth). You can also stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter: http://intrahealth.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=24ebd0d55aceda622cfea925c&id=c460ab6686.

May 19, 2016

Improving Lives with Comprehensive Treatment

This project is committed to expanding treatment to address the comprehensive, holistic needs of women in Mali who have suffered from obstetric fistula. To achieve this goal, IntraHealth will work in four key areas: the expansion of fistula treatment and care to 800 women; improved data collection about the mental, psychosocial, and financial effects of fistula on women in Mali; development of a telephone support network and call-in center to enable pre- and post-repair peer support; and capacity-building of the health workforce to provide mental health and psychosocial assistance.

To date, IntraHealth has trained 25 surgeons who have done 1000 fistula repair surgeries. Women like Natagoma and Fatoumata were able to get the medical help they needed and are now productive members of their community. A new welcome center opened in March 2016 which supplies women with dignity kits and fistula repair kits as well as additional resources.

A major challenge this project faces is the length of hospitalization for fistula repair candidates before and after surgery which varies from three weeks to three months. This variable factor increases the cost of care and places greater demand on the need for human resources and infrastructure systems that are robust and agile. IntraHealth is preparing an evaluation of the impact that providing pre-repair health and nutrition care to women with fistula has on the reduction of the length of hospitalization and surgery outcomes. The results of the evaluation will influence the standards of care for women with fistula.

Fistula repair can change a women’s life. “If this program wasn’t available I would not have recovered and wouldn’t be here today” said Natagoma after her repair surgery. “I had never imagined I was going to be healthy again. Since the treatment I am so thankful. I am relieved. My heart is at peace.” 

 

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