Archive for the Health System Strengthening Category

A True Mercy Ships Transformation: Esther’s Story

A True Mercy Ships Transformation: Esther’s Story Six-year-old Esther was full of charisma—a bright, bubbly little girl who saw the joy in every situation. But Esther suffered with a windswept leg caused by rickets—a brittle bone condition that causes leg deformities. When children don’t get the nutrients

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Six Months Since Maria

Direct Relief

Six Months Since Maria Six months since Hurricane Maria ravaged Dominica, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, many PQMD members are still active in aid & recovery efforts, and will be for years to come. Hurricane Maria struck Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane on September 18,

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South Sudan Announces Halt of Guinea Worm Disease Transmission

South Sudan Announces Halt of Guinea Worm Disease Transmission In a press conference at The Carter Center in Atlanta, South Sudan’s minister of health announced the interruption of guinea worm disease transmission in the country. Guinea worm disease, also called Drancunculiasis, is characterized by painful blisters that

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Venezuelans Lack Proper Nutrition and Medical Resources

Venezuelans Lack Proper Nutrition and Medical Resources Organ donation patients especially at risk   A new university study on the impact of Venezuela’s economic crisis and food shortages found Venezuelans have lost an average of 11 kilograms of body weight last year. Almost 90 percent now live

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New Medical Technologies Developed by Students in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya

New Medical Technologies Developed by Students in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya New medical technologies embody the adage of necessity and invention. Students in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya developed new technologies to improve health care and diagnostic methods in their countries. During the Ebola outbreak in

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World Vision expands mobile health program in India with support from Baxter International Foundation

World Vision expands mobile health program in India with support from Baxter International Foundation A $140,000 two-year grant from Baxter International Foundation will allow World Vision to provide community health workers with cell phones loaded with the Motech Suite mHealth platform, so they can deliver vital health

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Providing HOPE in Puerto Rico 

Providing HOPE in Puerto Rico  It’s been six weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and health needs continue to evolve, ranging from shortages of medical supplies to new and emerging conditions caused by poor sanitation and hygiene. Project HOPE’s emergency response team has been on the

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PQMD and Americares Work Together on Healthcare System Strengthening-Medical Missions Initiative

PQMD and Americares Work Together on Healthcare System Strengthening-Medical Missions Initiative   PQMD and Americares continue to work together on the Healthcare System Strengthening-Medical Missions Initiative. The initiative aims to improve the practice, impact and sustainability of medical missions to better support and strengthen local healthcare systems.

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Gavi Working to Connect with Partners in Silicon Valley

Gavi Working to Connect with Partners in Silicon Valley   Gavi, the vaccine alliance, recently connected with leaders from Silicon Valley to discuss the alliance’s mission. Gavi is working to scale up its mission to protect another 300 million children by 2020. Achieving that goal will require

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An Operation Smile First: Surgical Training Rotation in Madagascar

An Operation Smile First: Surgical Training Rotation in Madagascar This August in Madagascar, Operation Smile hosted its first-ever surgical training rotation program at Centre Hospitalier de Référence Régionale (CHRR) in Antsirabe. Building on Operation Smile’s commitment to strengthening health systems where it works, an international team of

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