Joining Forces to Strengthen the Health and Social Services Systems

This post was adapted from one that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. The numbers are staggering. One billion children under age 18 experience some form of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. With more than 2 billion children in the world, that means one child in every two is exposed to harmful situations…

Women’s Groups Leading the Way Towards Self-Reliance in Mali

On a recent visit to a rural village in Dioila district, part of the Koulikoro region in Mali, I met with the local women’s group to discuss how to promote family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and how to increase access to these services in their community. There, surrounded by more than 100 volunteers who…

Critical Role of Female Community Health Workers Warrants Recognition

When the government of Bangladesh, a country with high rates of maternal mortality, invested in midwifery training programs in 2015, many of the newly minted midwives from the first cohort headed to Cox’s Bazar to provide services to thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing deadly violence in Myanmar. Though female community health workers (FCHWs) operate in…

Continuing Learning with Arizona State University

In 2018, as part of Chemonics’ commitment to continual learning and higher education for its global workforce, Chemonics and ASU teamed up to provide Chemonics’ employees across the globe with a first-of-its-kind opportunity to pursue pathways to continual education at a prestigious university in a flexible, low-cost format. This MiniMasters program was custom designed by…

Chemonics – Arizona State University Partnership for Innovation

By combining ASU’s depth across a wide variety of academic disciplines with Chemonics’ practical international development experience in 150 countries worldwide, our goal is to create a free exchange of ideas and a worldwide laboratory for testing and scaling innovations to solve the world’s toughest problems. The shared objectives for both parties includes apply research…

Collaboration for Disability-Inclusive Health Care: Now’s Our Moment

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 to 20 percent of people globally have a disability and 80 percent of them live in a developing country. This means that more than 900 million people with disabilities live in a low- or middle-income setting. These individuals face a variety of barriers, including restrictive and stigmatizing…

A Voice for Midwives is a Voice for Progress

Several years ago, a colleague was telling me about his efforts to introduce a new family planning method in one of the countries he worked in. “The women just weren’t interested in this method,” he said, frustrated. Initially, he and his team of experts couldn’t figure out why. They’d done a lot of legwork to…

Partnering with Faith-based Organizations to Achieve Health for All

To achieve health for all, the global health community needs the participation of everyone working in the health system: public, private, or not-for-profit. Often global health programming focuses on public sector health systems. But, by some accounts, faith-based organizations deliver between 30 and 70 percent of health services across sub-Saharan Africa. To provide equitable and accessible health services…

Our Work in Supply Chain Solutions

From our founding in 1975, Chemonics has worked in more than 150 countries to help our clients, partners, and beneficiaries tackle the world’s toughest development challenges. Chemonics optimizes and streamlines global supply chains to provide critical health and other commodities, maximizing value for our clients and creating impact that improves the lives of vulnerable populations.…

Promoting Supply Chain Integration in Côte d’Ivoire

USAID partnered with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene in Côte d’Ivoire to build a health product supply chain system with end-to-end visibility that will serve as a model in West Africa. This investment significantly improved the availability of health products for HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, and family planning. USAID’s Integrated Health…

Maternal Mortality Review Committees Ask “Why” to Prevent Maternal Deaths

Late one night about a year ago, I got the call no health care worker ever wants to receive. The man left a heart-stopping message with my midwifery practice’s answering service saying that our patient — his previously healthy wife — and their unborn child had just abruptly passed away at another Washington, D.C.-area hospital.…