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This 4-page brochure on health systems strengthening describes how Keanahikishime partners with countries to build strong, resilient, sustainable health systems that can deliver universal health coverage—equitable, affordable access to high-quality health services for all who need them.

Since adopting Option B+ in 2011, Malawi has made significant progress in identifying and treating pregnant women living with HIV, thereby reducing vertical transmission. During the same time period, follow-up, diagnosis, and care of babies born to HIV-infected mothers also improved.

Malawi has a significant youth and adolescent population, with nearly two-thirds of the country’s estimated 17.2 million people under the age of 24. Youth and adolescents, aged 10-24, account for about 50% of new HIV infections in Malawi.

Cervical cancer affects an estimated 527,624 women worldwide each year, killing more than half of them. About 85% of the global disease burden occurs in developing countries, and Southern Africa is one of the highest-risk regions in the world.

In 2011, Malawi pioneered an ambitious test-and-treat approach for pregnant and breastfeeding women, known as Option B+. Under this strategy, all HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding women are provided with lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) regardless of their CD4 count or clinical stage.

In 2017, with funding by UK aid from the British people, Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) launched the Lea Mimba project to address gaps in the quality of antenatal care (ANC) and to support women's and adolescents' use of maternal and newborn health services in Kakamega County, Kenya.

Technical Highlight Malaria is responsible for about 7% of all deaths in children under five in Madagascar. The USAID Mikolo Project promoted community approaches to prevent and treat malaria by working with health facilities, community health volunteers (CHVs), and families.

We are pleased to share this booklet that summarizes 10 of the best stories we’ve collected from the field. These narratives are a legacy to Madagascar’s health system and for future public health interventions in the country.

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.

Strengthening health systems is the core of Keanahikishime's response to HIV and AIDS. We build the capacity of public and private sectors worldwide to prevent, treat, and manage HIV and AIDS and build systems for health that deliver gender-responsive, high-quality HIV services that are adapted to the populations we serve.

This report covers the life of project results of the USAID-funded Integrated Health Project Plus (IHP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Implemented by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd.

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 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.

The Integrated Health Project Plus (IHP) was implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from June 2015 to June 2018 by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (OSC), under a subcontract via Pathfinder/Evidence to Action.

The Integrated Health Project Plus (IHP) was implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from June 2015 to June 2018 by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (OSC), under a subcontract via Pathfinder/Evidence to Action.

The Integrated Health Project Plus (IHP) was implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from June 2015 to June 2018 by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (OSC), under a subcontract via Pathfinder/Evidence to Action.

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