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:

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Key reports and data sources:

Key blogs and newsfeeds:

Must-read books:

  • Tracy Kidder, Mountains on Mountains