When Dr. Ursin Bayisenge realized little was known about a tropical disease afflicting Rwanda farmers, and 4 million people worldwide, he set out to learn more.
Community Health Workers
Neno District health records from 2019 showed zero cases of sexual or gender-based violence. But no one working in health care in Neno believed that to be true.
"From Tonkolili to Tewksbury," as Dr. Joia Mukherjee said, community-based contact tracing has been a foundation of efforts against Ebola and COVID-19.
PIH launched a new initiative, the U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit, to provide open access to learning resources and technical advice for states and municipalities struggling to conduct contact tracing for COVID-19.
PIH formally established mental health care programs in Kono, Sierra Leone, last year. Alongside the longtime need for mental health services here, personal experience drives the work of each PIH mental health care provider. Meet some of the team, and learn about the inspiration behind their efforts to make mental health care a human right.
Sierra Leone is still in the earlier stages of the global COVID-19 pandemic, though case numbers continue to rise. PIH and the government's goal has shifted from preventing the virus’ introduction to preventing a serious outbreak, while providing care for all patients, coronavirus or otherwise.
Rapid tests are a key part of PIH's "unprecedented response" to COVID-19, amid challenges of testing in countries with minimal lab resources.
PIH presents four key objectives staff and clinicians will follow in tackling the spread of COVID-19, in partnership with countries' ministries of health.
Inspiring women on PIH teams around the world mark the annual event by sharing thoughts about their work, values, and equality for all.
Prenatal checkups, education and care led by her community health worker helped Eliza Kazembe safely give birth to her first child, Prince Chimpaka.