Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quality Improvement Helps CHWs Meet the Medical Supply Needs of Rwanda’s Children

In many countries, community health workers (CHWs) are the last mile of the supply chain and the most difficult to reach with life-saving medications and supplies. Yet it is in these communities that sick children live and where CHWs have the greatest chance to increase child survival. Continue reading

Increasing access to lifesaving treatment for pneumonia – supply chain innovations to consider for World Pneumonia Day

Tomorrow is the Fifth World Pneumonia Day. The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia designated this year’s theme as Innovating to Fight Child Pneumonia. Innovation is the buzz word these days, so one could be forgiven for rolling one’s eyes and moving quickly onto the next newsworthy item, without considering why innovation is so important for pneumonia. Continue reading

JSI @ APHA 2013: CHWs work community by community to make a big difference in child health

It was great to see a number of sessions at APHA dedicated to the work of community health workers (CHWs) to improve access to services and treatment, specifically for infants and children. A key message that came out of several sessions I attended was that in order to do their important work, CHWs need the strong support of the communities they serve, local leaders, and the government health structures that they operate within. Continue reading