A few recent items highlight programs and innovations that are helping improve health in developing countries:
- Journalist and Nieman Fellow Christine Gorman spent three months in Malawi to learn about a new program that’s tackling the country’s severe nursing shortage with higher pay and more support for nursing education and training. She’s been writing about her trip and the issues it raised for her on her blog, Global Health Report, and now reports that the American Journal of Nursing has published a photo essay on nurses in Malawi, featuring text from Gorman and photos by Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick. Gorman convinced AJN to make it available free to non-subscribers, so check it out – the PDF online-only content is even more stunning.
- As part of its “Death in Birth” series on high maternal mortality rates in Tanzania, the New York Times published a piece about what happens to children whose mothers died giving birth to them. Several Tanzanian orphanages are taking a promising approach to helping those children: bringing a teenaged female relative to care for the child in the orphanage for two or three years, and then returning both the caregiver and child to their community. The young children can spend their first fragile years in a setting where malnutrition and infection are less of a threat, and their teenaged caregivers get a chance at education – many of them arrive illiterate and leave knowing how to read.
- And, finally, the blog Technology, Health & Development has moved to a new site and become Global Health Ideas, which aims to “document solutions and exchange ideas on innovative projects in global health.” Recent post topics include shortening doctors’ coat sleeves to reduce disease spread, new technologies’ impacts on communities, and innovations for stopping postpartum hemorrhaging. Their Case Studies/Publications page also includes a lot of useful links.
If you’ve come across anything recently about a promising approach to tackling global health challenges, feel free to post a link in the comments.