Jhpiego works with countries, communities and civic leaders to deliver primary health care services to families in their homes and nearby facilities.
Community health workers, supported by nurses and midwives, offer basic health education and preventive medicine, and connect families to health facilities for care.
It’s all about ensuring continuum of care, allowing more and more women and families to manage their health.
Bringing Care Closer to Women Where They Live
In communities from South Sudan to Nepal, trained health volunteers deliver the lifesaving drug misoprostol to women who cannot reach a health facility in time to give birth. New mothers take the medicine immediately after their baby is born to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal deaths.
Health workers in Tanzania are distributing antiretroviral drugs at community centers in remote areas so people who are HIV-positive can maintain their treatment and remain healthy. Health care providers visit schools to immunize adolescents against the human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer.
Preventing HIV in Adolescents
Lesotho and Kenya are intensifying HIV prevention efforts by advancing oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, among vulnerable adolescents, sex workers and men at high risk of exposure to HIV. The Technical Support to Enhance HIV/AIDS Prevention and Opportunities in Nursing Education project, called TSEPO, or “hope” in Sesotho, in Lesotho and Jilinde in Kenya are breaking down barriers to care.
Gel Used to Prevent Infection
Community health workers from Nigeria to Pakistan teach new mothers to prevent infection in their newborns by applying an antiseptic gel to their babies’ umbilical cord.
Malaria Prevention at Home and the Health Facility
To reduce malaria-related deaths and illness among pregnant women and their newborns, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria are conducting a new initiative to deliver intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy to pregnant women in hard-to-reach communities and increase use of antimalarial drugs during antenatal care.
In Mozambique, efforts to follow up with HIV clients to ensure that they consistently take lifesaving medicine have been enhanced by a Jhpiego-designed, Web-based platform. PISAUDE integrates health services data to support real-time decision-making. The platform helps community counselors to perform health screening and HIV counseling and testing through mobile phones. The readily available data identify areas of concern where linkage to treatment is low. That information enables counselors to target groups and, through GPS mapping, locate them quickly. Linkage to treatment increased from 33 to 66 percent in just 1 month.
An Easy-to-Use Injectable Contraceptive
To protect themselves from an unplanned pregnancy, women and young people in Kenya are using a new, innovative product, a self-administered contraceptive called subcutaneous depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA-SC for short. The women learn to monitor their health during pregnancy, and, after birth, mothers return with their babies to learn the skills needed to raise healthy, thriving children.