health sqTHP Perspective: People have a fundamental right to affordable, accessible health care. There is enormous potential for community-led activism to leverage scarce health personnel.

Key Interventions:

  • Training front-line health workers, such as traditional birth attendants (TBAs), health animators and HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Animators.
  • Establishing 24/7 clinics (our version of Universal Health Coverage)
  • Promoting a “continuum of care” to protect mothers and children – from family planning and pre-natal care services, to safe-delivery and post-natal care.
  • Promoting mass awareness and ensuring availability of essential commodities for preventing, detecting and treating HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and other diseases.

Key messages:

  • Health access is a gender issue – families are up to 7x more likely to take a son than a daughter to a health clinic, and many women are prevented from seeking care by taboos, traditions or culturally insensitive workers.

Global Campaigns and Initiatives:

  • The UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child Campaign, of which THP is a partner
  • The Countdown 2015 MNCH campaign, to empower policy makers to understand the statistics and issue.
  • The “Renewing the Promise” Child Survival Campaign, of which THP is a partner
  • Family Planning 2020 Campaign launched in London in 2012
  • Million Health Workers Campaign

Key agencies:

  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • PEPFAR: President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
  • UN Foundation hosts the FP2020 Reference Group
  • WHO
  • Unicef
  • Gates Foundation
  • Frontline Health Workers Coalition
  • NGOS: Partners in Health, Save the Children, PATH, International Medical Corps, Women Deliver

Relevant posts on this site:

  1. If, When and Whom to Marry: Young Women Choosing Their Best Future of Health April 12, 2019
  2. PNPM Progress: A Path Towards Sustainability in Indonesia March 15, 2017
  3. DC Launch of 2016 Access to Nutrition Index March 1, 2016
  4. UNICEF Calls for Innovation November 10, 2015
  5. Evidence for Integrated Development April 22, 2015
  6. Multi-purpose Nutrition Indicators: Measuring Progress of Comprehensive Post 2015 Development Agenda March 31, 2015
  7. World Bank Crisis Meeting on Ebola October 10, 2014
  8. Countdown to 2015 – 2014 Report July 10, 2014
  9. UNCoLSC Recommendations to increase access to, and use of Life-saving commodities April 1, 2014
  10. Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) Policy Brief April 1, 2014

Key reports and data sources:

Key blogs and newsfeeds:

Must-read books:

  • Tracy Kidder, Mountains on Mountains

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