Saving Lives and Improving Health: 12 Stories
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Saving Lives and Improving Health: 12 Stories

January 2015 (Issue 1)
Photo: Katy Doyle/MSH
Jonathan D. Quick, MSH President & CEO
For the third consecutive year, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) sponsored an internal storytelling contest, inviting staff to submit MSH's best examples of saving lives and improving health around the world. 

Today, we share the top 12 stories of 2014, as selected by a cross-section of staff, in this special edition of our Global Health Impact Newsletter.

We invite you to click on each story to learn more about the people, projects, and partners who, together with MSH, make strong health systems happen. Visit 11 of the countries where we work and meet a few of the thousands of people whose lives have been transformed.

~ Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH President & CEO


by Maryanne O'Brien
Photo: Brooke Huskey/MSH
On-the-job training and ongoing mentorship have empowered Cecilia Lunda to confidently control a dispensary's stocks of malaria medicines and to encourage parents to bring sick children to her facility -- because she knows she will have the necessary supplies to care for them.  

Democratic Republic of the Congo

by Jean Kayembe
Photo: MSH staff
Trained in the Helping Babies Breathe® technique, an evidence-based, neonatal resuscitation approach for resource-limited settings, skilled birthing attendants are more safely and effectively delivering newborns at Luiza General Referral Hospital.


  1. FANIKISHA Brings Back Hope: Jemila’s Story of Living Positively with HIV in Kenya

by Mary Kuira and Henry Kilonzo
Photo courtesy of NOPE
A community HIV and AIDS sensitization program is helping people living with HIV learn how to maintain health, generate income, and live positively with HIV.


  1. Supervision, Performance Assessment, and Recognition Strategy Improves Health Services across Uganda

by Tadeo Atuhura
Photo: MSH staff
Developed by MSH and partners, the Supervision, Performance Assessment, and Recognition Strategy (SPARS) increases health workers’ ability to manage medicines through on-the-job training and support from a new cadre of medicines management supervisors in Uganda.


  1. Madagascar: Improving Health by Empowering Women

by Fanja Saholiarisoa
Photo: MSH staff
As a result of training in leadership, health messages, and gender values, women of Masiakakoho are spreading health messages to fellow villagers. 


by Gebre Mekonnen
Photo: MSH staff
Religious leaders trained on HIV-related issues now counsel people living with HIV to continue their antiretroviral therapy while using holy water at the monastery.

by Hailu Tadeg, Edmealem Ejigu, and Annette Sheckler
Photo: Annette Sheckler/MSH
Patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the Bole Health Clinic, one of several hundred sites across the country, are benefiting from efforts by MSH and partners to establish and maintain an effective electronic information system at ART pharmacies to monitor patient adherence; drug resistance; access to medicines; prescribing, dispensing, and medicine use practices; and patient safety.

South Africa

by Gwadamirai Majange and Daki Ndiwalana
Photo: MSH staff
Community leaders, as key personalities who shape public opinion, can play a central role in fighting tuberculosis (TB)-related stigma and encouraging people to test for TB and adhere to treatment.


by Eliana López Pérez
Photo: Benjamín Balarezo/MSH
Local leaders, trained in health-minded community development, have encouraged their communities to adopt the cultivation of coffee, cocoa, and bananas in place of coca cultivation, resulting in cleaner communities and homes, and families adopting overall healthy behaviors.


by Patrick Gaparayi and Lubaki Joao
Photo courtesy of SIAPS Angola
Interventions to improve procurement and supply chain management of medicines and health commodities at the provincial and national levels are helping to ensure the availability of recommended artemisinin-based combination therapy, rapid diagnosis tests, and Sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine for better malaria case management.


by Dr. Sara Padidar
Photo: MSH staff
Victoria Mwanza is part of the first cohort of pharmacy assistants to graduate from the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) with a Certificate in Pharmacy.

South Sudan

by Emmanuel Benjamin Kenyi and Dr. Stephen Macharia
Photo: Emmanuel Kenyi/MSH
Two-hundred-forty community mobilizers from Yei, Lainya, and Morobo counties learned how to identify TB symptoms, refer patients to health facilities for diagnosis, and provide support to patients on treatment for TB.
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