This year, International Women’s Day is focused on equality. At JSI, we support programs and policies that make health systems more equitable so that women can make informed decisions and get the health care they need, when and where they need it. In many countries, community-based health care managed by women strengthens the workforce and provides high-quality services.
Adolescent girls and young women often have limited access to health care and education, which increases the risk of HIV infection. USAID Controlling the HIV Epidemic for Key and Underserved Populations (CHEKUP II) She provides age-appropriate services through the DREAMS program to help adolescent girls and young women in Zambia access health care and economic opportunities. To date, USAID Checkup II has initiated 1,639 clients on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), 78 percent of whom are adolescent girls and young women, and helped more than 2,500 access family planning services. USAID CHEKUP II helped create health centers for other underserved populations. To date, these centers have tested nearly 1,000 female prostitutes for HIV. Of these, 267 received PrEP and 103 tested positive for antiretroviral therapy. To read more about this work, see How CHEKUP II Wellness Center in Kabwe, Zambia supports key people on their journey to safety and well-being.
Stigma continues to prevent many people, especially young people, from HIV testing and treatment. In northern Uganda, where HIV prevalence is above the national average, USAID Regional Health Integration Services to the North, Lango The Youth and Adolescent Peer Program (YAPS) program trains participants to provide specific HIV services and support to reduce stigma and discrimination by getting their peers tested and treated for HIV. Watch the following video to hear Sandra Akello, one of the 89 YAPs trained by the project, talk about how she is making a difference in her community.
Stigma keeps people from accessing tuberculosis (TB) care and treatment. of USAID Tuberculosis Treatment Project It works closely with the Kyrgyz government to ensure that TB services are of high quality and accessible, including to the most difficult-to-reach citizens. The project will provide training to Health Extension Unit and Village Health Committee staff who will disseminate accurate information and reduce misconceptions about TB and help them complete their treatment. Sadat Tamanbeva works in a health promotion unit in her village and when a young man completes his TB treatment, she gathers her neighbors, friends and her village health committee. Read more about Sadat’s commitment to changing attitudes towards TB in the Kyrgyz Republic A young woman’s TB advocacy inspires a village..
In Pakistan, Covid-19 vaccination services are readily available in cities and major hospitals, but less so for people living in rural areas, particularly women and children. of USAID’s Integrated Health Systems Strengthening and Service Delivery Activity (IHSS-SD) 25 districts have partnered with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh district governments to remove misinformation and reach more people with Covid-19 vaccination services. Outreach teams meet with women in their homes and communities to help them make informed vaccination decisions for themselves and their families. To date, USAID IHSS-SD has helped the Government of Pakistan vaccinate more than 8.9 million eligible adults against Covid-19. If you hear more about this work Riffat HafeezSocial mobilization and Kushnuma BB, a vaccinator, who brings covid-19 vaccination services to other women in rural Pakistan. Watch their videos below.
of Center for Behavioral Sciences Held at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, JSI and UNICEF Nepal. Quick question To understand the behavioral and social factors that limit or prevent vaccination uptake among under-vaccinated and zero-dose communities in Kathmandu. The research team found that female caregivers, especially in low-income and immigrant families, lack decision-making power and are unable to decide when and when to vaccinate children while simultaneously feeling responsible for child care. Additionally, the group found that female primary caregivers experienced discrimination from health workers and were unaware of vaccination clinic locations and service hours. The question was shared with local health officials, health workers and community members in a joint workshop to design solutions to increase vaccine uptake.
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Funded by USAID. MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity Project It works across countries to address gender-related barriers and reach zero and unvaccinated children, individuals and communities with complete immunization. To make Covid-19 vaccination services more accessible, the project has organized special vaccination camps for pregnant and lactating mothers in Jharkhand, India and Nigeria, and in Nigeria, the project has reached out to people in crowded markets, most of whom are women. See more information on how the project is helping to stop the spread of Covid-19 International Women’s Day: Women in Democratic Congo are working together to fight Covid-19.. In Mozambique, to change the belief that women are solely responsible for vaccinating children, the project calls for community health committee meetings with men and women to discuss how men can support routine vaccination. Read more about the project’s work at the community level Health workers and community volunteers work together to improve routine vaccination rates in western Kenya.
Few women in Yemen have the resources to travel to remote health facilities for essential maternal, child and reproductive care. To improve access to high quality healthcare services and information USAID Systems, Health and Resilience Project (SHARP) Project It trained more than 200 community midwives and provided skilled care to about 140,000 women. In the following video, listen to Hanna, one of the midwives who benefit from Lifesaving Maternal and Child Health Services in Yemen.
of Ethiopia eCHIS Scaleup for HEP Improvement ProjectFunded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the development of an Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS) and Transforming Health Extension Program aims to improve maternal, child and adolescent health outcomes. Health extension workers, mainly women, provide health services at the community level. Digital tools like eCHIS help them do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, which means communities can get better care. So far, in the districts where ECHIS services are available, many women are receiving primary antenatal and postnatal care, which is critical to maintaining the health and well-being of mothers and their babies before and after delivery.