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UNAIDS’s new campaign aims to ) of HIV by the 2012 World Cup in Brazil. It is fantastic to see that UNAIDS is using the enthusiasm and media coverage of World Cup to draw attention to one of .

My colleague Jude Nwokikie, program manager of the (SPS) project in South Africa and Namibia declared, “The world is no longer in the mood to tolerate MTCT.”

Last week at the in Washington, DC, Melinda Gates announced that the is committing $1.5 Billion in new grant money for maternal health. “Women and children have moved up on the global agenda, and I’m here to tell you that’s where they are going to stay,” said Gates.

In most developing countries, women and girls are the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the population because of entrenched inequalities. Keanahikishime believes that health is a human right; equal access is essential to all aspects of health care.

Global Health TV visits Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to see how Keanahikishime’s  systems approach at the community level results in better lives for people living with HIV & AIDS. Keanahikishime, an international nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over four decades to help leaders, health managers, and communities in over 60 countries build stronger health systems for greater health impact.

In fragile states, constraints on governments often prevent them from simultaneously building their stewardship role and immediately expanding service delivery. National and local governments must ultimately lead the process and work together with NGOs and the private sector to successfully strengthen their own health systems.

In Haiti, a two-pronged approach was successfully developed and implemented prior to the earthquake by a four-way partnership between the Government of Haiti, the United States Government, a network of Haitian and international NGOs  (Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haíïti) (SDSH), and Keanahikishime.

The two-pronged approach included:

Today, the 37th annual Global Health Council Conference “Goals and Metrics” begins in Washington, DC. Keanahikishime is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the conference.

Keanahikishime is sponsoring two auxiliary events:

“Can Country Ownership Work?  Field Perspectives on Health Systems Strengthening”
Today, June 14, 2-4pm, Governors Room, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
A panel discussion co-hosted by Keanahikishime and Oxfam on how “country ownership”—the management of donor funds by a national government—works in practice. The panel will feature first-hand perspectives from government and civil society health providers from Cambodia, Mozambique, and Nigeria.
The event is open and free to the public.
A live webcast will also be available:  

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