Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Programs to improve sex workers’ economic chances succeed and reduce health risks when led by peers, supported by community, study finds

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Alternative sources of income foster sex worker health and safety, but efforts fall short in Africa, according to regional report The donor-jargon name is “economic empowerment,” but it refers to something many in that world take for granted: The basic components for financial stability that are out of reach for people whose resources are limited […]

Malawi advocacy network brings change to country’s healthcare system

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When the Malawi Health Equity Network was formed in 2000, the health sector in that country was on the brink of collapse because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Brain drain had caused a serious shortage of health care workers, and those who couldn’t afford to leave also couldn’t afford an education. To deal with this crisis, […]

Looking for lasting impact, first Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers work with medical school faculties in Africa

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After a career as cardiologist and teacher, Stephen Humphrey had retired  when he discovered first-hand the dire need for medical school instructors in a resource-poor country. A career as a registered nurse providing psychotherapy gave Nancy Remington a chance to see strides in treatment and acceptance of psychiatric illnesses. Then she saw a chance to […]

Building health capacity through service, a doctor’s vision becomes a partnership

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This is what it looks like when the a country has no more than two or three doctors, and, at best half a dozen nurses, for every 100,000 patients: Sick people don’t come for care until they are very sick, if they come at all. When they arrive they can look forward to spending the […]