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To improve quality of service provision and data accuracy and timeliness, USAID Mikolo is introducing mobile technology to replace paper-based tools used by community health volunteers (CHVs).Working alongside the Ministry of Public Health and other partners, the project has developed a smartphone application that CHVs will use to manage their health services and record-keeping and disseminate inf

Building Success is a series of guides offering practical, concrete, and innovative approaches that have proven effective in strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Nigeria. Each of the four guides can stand alone, but they will be most effective if used as components of an integrated package.

Community health volunteers (CHVs) in Madagascar serve as first-line health care providers for many communities located more than five kilometers from a basic health center (CSB). They provide routine services for family planning and maternal, newborn, and child health, and refer patients for appropriate higher-level services.

In most countries, tuberculosis (TB) services are decentralized up to the most peripheral health facilities and often into the community. On the other hand, HIV/AIDS services are generally much more centralized because scale-up of services, especially of antiretroviral therapy (ART), started only quite recently.

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health problem in the regions of East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA). Because TB is an airborne disease, its transmission is facilitated by the movement of people across internal and national borders.

Because resources available to improve global health are limited, it is becoming increasingly important for those who produce and disseminate health-related information and services to gauge the impact of their work.

Over six years (2011-2017), the USAID-funded Leadership, , and Governance (LMG) Project strengthened health systems to deliver more responsive services to more people.

The primary goal of the Challenge TB (CTB) project in Afghanistan is to assist the NTP to reach its strategic objective of increasing TB case notifications by at least 8% annually through comprehensive TB care and prevention activities.

In high TB- and HIV-burden settings, the two diseases reinforce each other and share common risk factors. Single, categorical services provided to persons with multiple, related risk factors miss opportunities to diagnose, treat, and prevent TB and/or HIV.

The Champion Community approach, which is owned and sustained at the health area level, was established by the Integrated Health Project (IHP) and IHP to encourage community members to decide on their health priorities and to teach them to sensitize their communities on those priority health issues.

The availability of timely, high-quality health data remains a challenge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite some significant progress. DRC is a vast, landlocked country where the distances between health facilities, especially at different levels of the health system, are often great.

The DRC National Strategic Plan 2014-2020 outlines a multi-sectoral vision that aims to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence to 19% and provide access to and use of modern contraceptive methods to at least 2.1 million women by 2020.

In its National Health Development Plan 2016-2020, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) aims to reduce maternal deaths per 100,000 live births from 846 to 548 and to reduce infant and child mortality from 104 to 60 deaths per 1,000 births.

To treat infections in newborns and young infants (age 0 to 59 days), WHO recommends transferring them to a hospital and administering a regimen combining two injectable antibiotics, namely, penicillin or ampicillin, gentamicin for seven to ten days.

Strengthening information systems to support health data use is a critical component of quality improvement. In the past, research on quality of care has focused on the availability of resources and implementation of clinical guidelines, while often ignoring the regular metrics and monitoring systems used to inform decision making and manage improvement initiatives.

This issue of The eManager focuses on governing in the health sector, and presents four effective governing practices and their nine key enablers. It shows how health leaders and managers can contribute to a better-governed institution and, ultimately, improve health services and the health of the people they serve.

The Abuja Declaration (WHO 2011), which reported on investments in health, noted that funding targets are being missed, both domestically and in terms of international assistance.

The concept of good governance has gained prominence in development programs over the past decade. Good governance in the health sector and other sectors that have an impact on health is recognized as essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Bangladesh is one of the world’s high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries. According to World Health Organization’s 2017 Global TB Report, 38% of drug-sensitive and approximately 84% of drug-resistant patients are undiagnosed or unreported. The most infectious TB patients are these missing cases.

GxAlert is a web-based open-source data connectivity application that includes a system for data management designed to work with any diagnostic device that can connect to the internet or a mobile network.

Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa with a high TB burden across a wide geography. The national TB program has reached hundreds of thousands of cases and successfully treated them. However, health authorities believe that a third of cases have been missed in the community, development corridors, industries, and crowded settings, such as universities.

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