Letter from the President and CEO.

 

Grounded in evidence, intrepid in approach, resolute in action. That’s how Jhpiego prevented the needless deaths of women and families in 2016.

Our teams have been bold in instilling country self-reliance, relentless in fostering a culture of innovation, focused on building a skilled global health workforce and committed to producing high-quality services to save lives. Alongside a constellation of partners—governments, donors, professional associations, foundations, corporations and more—Jhpiego reached more than 13 million people with life-sustaining care and treatment that are revolutionizing health care delivery in the 40-plus countries where we work.

Jhpiego knows that the ultimate measures of our work are healthy, independent families and robust health systems dedicated to the communities they serve. I am proud of what we have accomplished toward these goals in 2016.

Through the leadership of health ministries on three continents and with our support, 2.1 million women gave birth with a skilled provider at their side; 2.5 million women chose a family planning method for the first time; 2.3 million men and women were counseled and tested for HIV; 4.4 million were treated for malaria; 1.3 million pregnant women received preventive malaria medication; and 527,000 men received comprehensive HIV prevention services including voluntary medical circumcision.

Michael Musombe/Jhpiego

 
That makes 2016 a standout in our 44-year history. A year of impact.

When I reflect on the year, I am inspired by the determination of a pregnant woman in Kenya to protect her unborn child from the devastating effects of malaria; the nurse in Ghana who refused to give up on an unresponsive newborn and successfully resuscitated the baby; a team of midwives in Indonesia who tirelessly practiced emergency drills to expertly manage a complication at birth and safely deliver a mother and baby; and a health official in Myanmar who recognized the gap in hands-on skills among midwives in his country and acted to ensure that they have the best education and training. While Jhpiego is having substantial impact and working at the global level to improve the lives of millions of people around the world, we know that each intervention is a personal story and makes the difference for someone’s mother, daughter, husband, father or son.

As a trusted global leader in improving maternal health, Jhpiego is committed to building healthy families and resilient communities. To that end, we have been steadfast in pursuing the toughest health challenges with an array of practical, innovative, low-cost solutions based on the best scientific evidence.

Our experts, partnering with their in-country colleagues, have dared to be audacious in devising new strategies to increase women’s ability in Guinea, Uganda and India to safely plan their families, immediately following the birth of a child. We are disrupting the status quo to improve access to essential surgical care in Ethiopia and Madagascar and to find and treat those most at risk for HIV in Tanzania and Kenya who are living in the shadows. Health professionals from Mozambique to Myanmar are now using data to deploy health workers equitably to ensure that no community is left behind—an exciting step forward.

 
 

We are so fortunate to work with colleagues who understand our values and commitment to excellence as countries grow healthier and more prosperous. And, when confronted by skeptics, Jhpiego’s champions of care—nurses and community health workers, midwives and doctors—are unflinching in their advocacy and resolve to do what’s best for a woman, a family, a community.

2016 has been an unforgettable year of advancing a standard of care that exceeds the highest expectations. I am proud of what Jhpiego, our partners and generous donors have accomplished and I am emboldened to act by what I know we are capable of achieving, together. We know that lasting impact is not a destination, but rather a continuous journey. And every step on that journey is driven by our conviction that where women and families live should not determine if they live.


Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and Chief Executive Officer