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GS Newsletter July 2017

Global Strategies Summer 2017 Newsletter is now available, highlighting an important GS partner: Birthlink, our newest Board member: Dr. Joseph “Mike” McCune, and a special Spotlight of one of our amazing volunteers: Dr. Gayatri Madduri.

Dr. Givano Kashemwa met with Global Strategies' colleagues and supporters at a reception, hosted by Dave and Martha Stewart, in May. He shared updates on the dramatic impact he and his team have made in DRC, improving access to quality healthcare for women and children. View our gallery of photos from this inspiring reception.
 
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Check out our Spring 2017 Newsletter. You’ll learn more about Dr. Ammann’s latest book: Lethal Decisions, recent advances in NoviGuide, and a special Spotlight on one of our partners: Faith Alive.

 

Dr. Arthur Ammann spoke with Michael Krasny on KQED's Forum. He discussed his new book Lethal Decisions: The Unnecessary Deaths of Women and Children from HIV/AIDS and his views on how to end the global AIDS crisis.

Click hear the full Forum interview.

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Global Strategies is excited to announce that our neonatal software, the NoviGuide, will be studied in Tororo Uganda as part of the University of California San Francisco’s Preterm Birth Initiative.  Principal Investigator Dr. Mary Muhindo will lead the research study.  The study will take place at Tororo District Hospital where 15 midwives deliver nearly 350 babies per month. 

“The research tells us that we can save millions of babies’ lives if nurses follow care protocols.  But if it was that simple nurses would already be doing it,” explains Global Strategies President Dr. Joshua Bress, “These nurses are among some of the busiest people you will meet.  We asked ourselves, how do we make it easier for very busy nurses to follow complex guidelines while also continuing to provide care to their patients?  Our answer is to automate the math required to care for a sick baby.  Everything a sick baby needs must be calculated.  Every dose is based on the baby’s weight, but also on other variables, such as the disease being treated or the vial sizes of medications in the pharmacy.  We think by automating the calculations a nurse has to do, we can incentivize the use of a software program that guides the nurses through the guidelines.  That’s the idea behind the NoviGuide—make it easier to deliver better care.”

We are excited to be part of this global effort to help premature babies.

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I want to share with you some exciting news. Global Strategies' work has been selected as an example of how using data effectively improves the lives of children. In an article from Magpi, Tracking Newborn Outcomes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our work is featured for the impact made using daily data to track outcomes in the neonatal unit at HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma.

Together with our partners we are making so much progress in the care of babies during their first month of life.

Thank you for continuing to support our work.

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Dr. Denis Mukwege, Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a renowned surgeon and outspoken advocate for women's rights. In 1999 he founded Panzi Hospital, a clinic for gynecological and obstetric care. Though originally intended as a birthing center, Panzi Hospital soon became a leader in the treatment of survivors of gender-based violence.

Five years ago, Global Strategies partnered with Panzi Hospital to develop a new method for delivering life-saving medications that can prevent HIV infections in rape survivors. This method has provided treatment to thousands of survivors of sexual assault in some of the most remote areas of the eastern Congo.

In April 2016, Time Magazine featured Dr. Mukwege as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People. This recognition highlights Dr. Mukwege's commitment to human rights and we honor and respect his courage, persistence and fearlessness to promote change in the Congo. 

We could not carry out our mission without our amazing and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers truly embody the spirit of Global Strategies as they work shoulder-shoulder with doctors, nurses and physical therapists in the field. With Mary, Carla and Deanna currently overseas, we wanted to share their incredible work.

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Name: Mary Le

Profession: Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse

Site: HEAL Africa Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Current Volunteer Project: Mary is training nurses in the life-saving skills of neonatal resuscitation in the city of Goma. In addition, Mary isteaching HEAL Africa nurses to use GPS mapping to better understand neonatal referral patterns.

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Name: Carla Medina

Profession: Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse 

Site: HEAL Africa Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Current Volunteer Project: Carla is working with the neonatal nurse instructor team at HEAL Africa and evaluating the quality of neonatal nursing school. She is also working with Nurse Élysée Samvura to validate the accuracy of the real-time data collection.

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Name: Deanna Chan

Profession: Occupational Therapist

Site: SVYM Hospital in Saragur, Karnataka State, India

Current Volunteer Project: Deanna is training staff at Swami Vivekanda Youth Movement (SVYM) program in India to provide rehabilitation care. SVYM was recently honored with a prestigious award recognizing the high quality of its programs.

As part of a new series called, "On the Ground" Global Strategies will introduce you to the amazing people behind the projects. For our inaugural spotlight we chose Nurse Elizabeth Nishimwe Samvura, known to her friends as Élysée . Nurse Élysée cares for babies at HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. In the words of Program Director Pamela Mann, "Élysée is a natural nurse leader."

 

On the Ground

Tell us about your role and your goals for the future?

I am a nurse responsible for neonatology, an educator, and real time data reporter. I feel it is my vocation to be a great nurse. I am fulfilled in my career of over 10 years and am very interested in learning about treating my sick patients. My goal is to develop my abilities in neonatology and elevate my skill level.

What is it like caring for babies in the Congo and what are the biggest challenges?

Babies are sweet, friendly and their lives are simple. At the same time, as a nurse it is my job to be their voice. My goal is to meet the baby's needs. We understand that it is during the neonatal period that there is the highest mortality. A big challenge is the parents often don't have the means to care for their babies. Another challenge is the referring clinics in surrounding areas often lack supplies.

How do the babies' parents feel about your work?

Despite those challenges, the parents give us confidence. They praise us, tell us we are doing a good job and God will bless us... We in turn thank God for making us who we are and blessing our work.

Tell us about being a Neonatal Instructor?

Being a teacher to other nurses helps me learn and refresh my memory. I am proud especially when I taught my students and in return my students do a good job. I feel I made a positive impact. Through the training program at HEAL Africa we are already seeing its impact in the community.

What are you most proud of and what was the most memorable day in the hospital?

Since we implemented the neonatal service, HEAL Africa has saved thousands of babies. My most memorable day in the hospital was making an umbilical catheterization for the first time on a premature 30 week old baby with Dr. Josh. The baby survived and I was very thankful. I have enjoyed working with the American team and I hope to continue working with them.

ebolafreeOn May 9th, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Liberia was Ebola-free. The virus has been responsible for nearly 4,700 deaths within the country. Precautionary methods are still in place to prevent possible cross-border infections from Sierra Leone and Guinea. Since the outbreak began last March, our partners at the National Catholic Health Council of Liberia have worked diligently to control the spread of the virus. Funds from Global Strategies have helped this effort, providing supplies and supporting Liberian healthcare workers.

The message we received on Saturday from Sister Barbara, Chair of the National Catholic Health Council of Liberia stated, "Today we are pleased to inform all of our donors that there are zero cases of Ebola, but we are still watchful for any cross-border infections. We have accomplished a great deal with all of your help ... and together we have done great things." During these moments we remain hopeful and grateful to the dedicated healthcare workers in Liberia and to our generous donors.

 

Thank you for those of you who have reached out to Global Strategies and our partners in Liberia during this recent Ebola outbreak. With heavy hearts, we extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of Brother Patrick Nshamdze, Hospital Director of St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital who died from Ebola after taking care of a patient with the disease. For those of you who have travelled to Liberia with Global Strategies, you will remember him as a dedicated administrator and long-time friend. He will be sorely missed.

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Brother Patrick in his office at St. Joseph's Hospital, May 2013

We have been in regular contact with our partners at the Catholic Health Secretariat since the outbreak began in March 2014. We have received assurances that the healthcare providers in Star of the Sea Clinic, where our project is located, have access to protective gear. At the request of our Liberian colleagues, the Global Strategies project, Advancing Baby Care, is ongoing in spite of the outbreak. The Liberian nurses and doctors asked to continue the work, as babies are still being born and the need for primary healthcare remains.

We are grateful for our partners at the Catholic Health Secretariat who are on the front lines, bravely working to prevent the spread of Ebola in their communities. If you wish to share a message with the family and colleagues of Brother Patrick, please email us at info@globalstrategies.org.

 

 

 Nurse Elysee Samvura-1Today in the neonatal unit at HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo nurse Elysee Samvura busily enters her data into an iPad mini and with a push of a button synchronizes the information to a cloud-based software. “That was easy,” she says and then quickly returns to her students who are nurses from surrounding hospitals here to learn the essentials of newborn care from their Congolese colleagues. There were two sets of twins born last night and Elysee and her trainees are busy caring for them. Another child has a congenital anomaly. A third child rests under a blue phototherapy unit. Elysee looks up and says that she likes the music that was purchased for her iPad—Johnny Cash.

Of all the children who die before their 5th birthdays, 41% are babies. Global Strategies is working to change this statistic by investing in local nurses and providing them with the material and support to conduct an intensive training course. Unconvinced by “quick fixes” to address newborn mortality, we are taking the opposite approach with the Congolese-led nursing program. Nurses from surrounding hospitals receive a 3 month training course at HEAL Africa working shoulder to shoulder with nurses Elysee, Muka, Nadine and Judith. The project is under the watchful supervision of Dr. Eulalie Vindu who monitors the work in between seeing patients at the Children’s AIDS Program. Elysee tells us that she has been with her students when babies arrive and need urgent resuscitation and has observed and corrected their technique. After three months of immersion learning the nurses return to their sites confident and ready to apply their knowledge.

1st grads of neonatal nurse trainingWhen the first class of graduates finished the program, they were presented not only with a certificate, but also with an ambu-bag—the life-saving tool that nurses around the world use to deliver the first breaths to babies who are not breathing. Dr. Luc Malemo addressed the graduates, telling them, “The riches of Congo are not in the ground. This education is the real diamond.” Global Strategies DRC Program Manager Dr. Givano Kashemwa was also present to congratulate the graduates. Based in South Kivu he knows that the graduation is only the beginning. He provides Dr. Vindu and Elysee with their aggregated data from the daily iPad synchronizations. They smile as they see that the mortality rate remains far below the national average. “Maybe we should look at the jaundice rate too?” Elysee adds. “If we see that jaundice is a problem, we can advocate for better phototherapy.”

Cindy McWhorter, Director of International Programs for Global Strategies pulls up her computer. In addition to collecting data in the nursery, she is also learning about the nursing students who have been trained. She provided Elysee with a digital survey and questions to get a better sense of the people behind the project. They are open-ended questions that are meant to inspire free responses. One of the questions asks, “Do you have a personal motto that motivates you?” We end this field-update with their responses.

                        “The theory comes from practice”

                        “Keep all children alive”

                        “Hand in hand, health for all”

                        “Health for all the small”

 

jan14 news1b This January, Global Strategies, alongside the nurses and midwives at Star of the Sea Health Center, began a community-based mother and newborn care program in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia. The project is a unique and innovative approach to reducing newborn mortality in an area suffering from one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world. Working with the incredible Liberian team, Global Strategies trained nurses, midwives and doctors not only what to do when a sick baby arrives, but how to proactively identify babies who may become sick. The program is a combination of old-fashioned and high-tech approaches---house calls with iPad minis.

Throughout the month, Global Strategies Field Clinicians trained 22 midwives and nurses how to resuscitate newborns, perform examinations and conduct risk assessments. The nurses then used what they had learned to not only treat babies born in the hospital, but to identify at-risk babies born at home. During the home visits, they record their findings with an offline survey tool that guides them through the evaluation of common risk factors--What is the babies' gestational age? Is the baby breastfeeding well? etc. When they return to the clinic, they synchronize the iPad minis with the help of a mobile wifi hotspot purchased by Global Strategies. Looking at all of the data, the clinic supervisor can efficiently advise the nurses in their management and follow up plans. Taking the longer view, Global Strategies helps the Liberian team analyze the data to identify community trends and gauge the project progress in real-time. This knowledge will better equip Global Strategies and our partners to implement interventions that are effective and appropriate to this densely populated and unique neighborhood.

Research has shown that home visits conducted by community healthcare workers are cost-effective interventions that reduce infant and newborn mortality. The Lancet Neonatal Survival Series emph asizes the importance of these visits, stating, “ Early success in averting neonatal deaths is possible in settings with high mortality and weak health systems th rough outreach and family-community care, including health education to improve home-care practices, to create demand for skilled care, a nd to improve care seeking.”

jan14 news2bThe nurses and midwives at Star of the Sea Health Center are crucial to the success of Global Strategies’ Liberia program because they are trusted members of the West Point community and are warmly welcomed into the homes of new mothers. Cindy McWhorter, Director of International Programs for Global Strategies, saw firsthand the effectiveness of home visits. She recalls, “When people spotted us at a neighbor’s home, they were eager for us to examine their babies as well.” She remembers a discussion with one midwife, Fatu. After a Global Strategies volunteer mentioned how much the people seemed to love the nurses and midwives, “Fatu said that if the people know they are loved, they are more apt to come to the clinic to deliver and vaccinate their babies.”

Global Strategies looks forward to continuing its work with the Star of the Sea Health Center and the members of the West Point community as we partner with Liberian healthcare workers to save newborn lives.

 

We are hard at work to improve the lives of women and children living in the most neglected areas of the world. Today we are pleased to report that our work is being recognized on an international level. This recognition is more than a feather in our cap--it is central to our mission to demonstrate that progress is possible even in the most challenging environments. We hope you enjoy reading about how your support is having a global impact.

 

GLOBAL STRATEGIES WORK RECEIVES HONOR AT HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE IN AFRICA

17th icasaGlobal Strategies is pleased to announce that our work providing medical care to victims of gender-based violence in the eastern Congo was selected for an oral presentation at the ICASA conference in South Africa. This is the largest HIV/AIDS conference on the continent. Dr. Givano Kashemwa, Global Strategies DRC Program Manager, will give the presentation that will be featured as an example of innovation in delivering HIV prevention care. The title of the presentation is:

Cloud-Based Inventory Management Systems are Essential for Delivering Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to Rape Victims in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

If you want to hear more about this work, please email us at info@globalstrategies.org.

GLOBAL STRATEGIES PRESIDENT HIGHLIGHTED IN UPCOMING BOOK

As you may know, Global Strategie51Bdyn23N4L. SY346 s President Dr. Joshua Bress lived in the eastern Congo working on our projects. He has spent more time in this region than almost any other American pediatrician. Now work from his time in the Congo is being documented in an upcoming book by author Josh Ruxin that will be out in November. "Josh Ruxin has been a good friend to Global Strategies," says Global Strategies Founder Dr. Arthur Ammann,"and his memoir documenting his experiences in Rwanda promises to be thought-provoking. Some of the challenges we faced together required more than one Josh."

The book is called A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda. Please help make it a bestseller by pre-ordering today at: http://snurl.com/athousandhillsamazon

If you decide to pre-order, drop us a line at info@globalstrategies.org so we can keep you informed when the book comes out.

Congolese Independence Day is celebrated on June 30th, five days before our own July 4th.   Their cjuly2013enlloseness in time is always a stark reminder of how the truths our country's founders held to be self-evident---life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--are not yet a reality for many of our colleagues and friends working in Africa.  Yet even as I am reminded of how far we have to go, I am uplifted in the knowledge that the hardworking people we are supporting with your help are striving to make that brighter future a reality for the next generation.

One of those people is Dr. Eulalie Vindu, a Congolese physician who cares for 743 HIV affected children at the HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma.  Her work is supported directly by your generous help.  Dr. Vindu first knew she wanted to practice medicine in primary school, undeterred by the absence of female mentors.  In her first year of medical school, she chose pediatrics.  When asked why she chooses to do this work, she responded, “To help babies, to prolong their lives, and to see them become well after being very sick.  They are not responsible for their disease.  They are innocent.  They die from poverty.  I want to see them live.”

Her dream is to give the HIV+ children she works with the freedom to grow up and be whatever they want to be, despite their disease and the obstacles they will face.  I've sat with her in her clinic as she asks the children about their dreams for the future and heard the confident responses--engineer, nurse, fashion designer, motorcycle taxi driver, and even president.  Click here to watch an inspiring video about Dr. Vindu and the Children's AIDS Program.

In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, were sacred and undeniable--Benjamin Franklin later changed it to "self-evident."  In a part of the world where these truths are not self-evident, I think about this original draft and Dr. Vindu dedicating herself to the belief that a child's right to a healthy life is sacred and undeniable.  

You are a part of this work.  You are a part of fulfilling the promise to each child in Dr. Vindu's clinic that a life, even when beginning in the most adverse circumstances, must be cherished.

Gratefully,

 

Joshua Bress, MD

President

 

P.S. Your support not only benefits Dr. Vindu, it directly helps the 743 children in her clinic.  Every part of their care--the nurses, the laboratory tests, the home visits--is made possible through your donations.

 

March 2013 In a unique public/private partnership, Global Strategies has teamed up with leading technology company Metrodigi to improve the care of neonates. Below are photos from our recent field test in Liberia...

Are you looking to do something meaningful with your free time or your accumulated vacation days? Help Global Strategies improve clinical practices that will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia that are in the top five contributors to global deaths. We are seeking neonatal nurses, pediatric in-patient nurses, labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, board certified pediatricians, family practitioners and OB/GYNs for our new Global Health Field Volunteers Program. Check out this opportunity below:

Job Description

Global StrategMary Leies Field Volunteers staff projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), India, Liberia and Zimbabwe.  Global Strategies provides travel insurance, visa, round trip flight, ground transportation, and food and lodging allowance.   Assignment duration ranges from four weeks to one year.  Field Volunteers do not receive compensation for their time for short stays.  Compensation for stays greater than three months is negotiable on a case by case basis. 

Watch this video that explains the role of the Global Health Field Volunteer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XckQYS35jr8

Global Strategies builds longitudinal educational relationships with local organizations and healthcare providers in the countries where we work.  Global Strategies Field Volunteers develop these relationships by providing (1) shoulder-to-shoulder clinical mentoring (2) teaching of local neonatal care providers to be capable of passing on their skills (3) novel use of technology to both assess understanding and report on project progress. 

Projects

Global Strategies is recruiting Field Volunteers for the following projects:

  • Advancing Baby Care: supporting and equipping local nurses and providers to deliver essential components of maternal and child health
  • Advancing Baby Care Instruction:  improving the capacity of nursing schools to provide newborn care instruction for nursing students 
  • Community Mother and Newborn Care:  identifying and referring at risk mothers and newborns for care

Goal: Improvements in clinical practice that will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by 30% compared to baseline in a country that is one of the top five contributors to global neonatal deaths.

Objective:  Ability to manage pregnant women and infant care including the common causes of neonatal mortality—infections, prematurity, birth asphyxia – at a site thereby reducing the mortality of the population served.

Eligibility 

Eligible Field Volunteers are neonatal nurses, pediatric in-patient nurses, labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, board certified pediatricians, family practitioners and OB/GYNs.  Pediatric care providers should be comfortable with neonatal care.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to provide a CV, brief personal statement and a list of two references with contact information.  Applications and queries can be directed to info@globalstrategies.org with the subject line “Field Volunteer Application.”

After you have submitted your documentation, individuals with skills and experience that we feel match the needs of our projects will be invited to attend an interview.  Following a successful interview and application process, applicants are then invited to join our pool. 

Global Health Field Volunteer Pool

Members of the pool are considered to be available for assignment.  It is therefore very important that you are clear about your availability.  Pool members are informed of relevant vacancies as they become available.  Placements are determined by project needs and Field Volunteer availability. 

Pre-service Training

Field Volunteers will be required to complete a pre-service training program which includes courses in relevant aspects of maternal and child health, standard operating procedures for Field Volunteers and use of technology in the field setting. Briefings are provided before departure for a field assignment and followed by further briefings upon arrival. 

Application Cycle

Global Strategies has openings for projects immediately and for the 2014-2015 year.  Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by October 2013 for the 2014-2015 openings.

Global Strategies for HIV Prevention and the International Pediatric Outreach Project to Unite to Expand Efforts to Help Women and Children

Two Bay Area Nonprofits Merge for Greater Impact on Women and Children Worldwide

ALBANY, CA (March 20, 2013) – After a decade of partnering to help women and children living in the most neglected areas of the world without access to healthcare, Global Strategies for HIV Prevention and The International Pediatric Outreach Project (IPOP) are merging into one nonprofit organization, Global Strategies. The new organization now has a greater capacity to serve women and children in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Zimbabwe and in rural India.

 

Global Strategies for HIV Prevention and IPOP complement one another in mission and operations. Both organizations have successfully used the model of working directly with and training healthcare providers in the most remote, impoverished and isolated parts of the world. “By drawing on our strengths, combining resources and coming together, we will empower communities in the most neglected areas of the world to improve the health of women and children,” said Joshua Bress, MD, President of Global Strategies. “We will focus our efforts on addressing education and training opportunities in HIV prevention, neonatal care and rehabilitation for life-threatening injuries and congenital disabilities.”

One new project that will have even greater impact because of the strengths of the merged organization will be efforts to teach nurses in the care of sick babies through shoulder-to-shoulder mentoring and innovative digital education tools.

“Both organizations share the belief that all women and children deserve access to healthcare. We expect that bringing our partners and supporters together to accomplish this common mission will mean a faster pace to that mission than either of us could achieve separately and ultimately more lives will be saved and improved," said William Clark, Chairman of the Board. Both boards will continue their service as a combined board and stay on to provide expertise and oversight to the merged organization.

About Global Strategies for HIV Prevention

Founded by Arthur Ammann, MD, Global Strategies has been working internationally since 1999 to save the lives and alleviate the suffering of women and children through HIV prevention, treatment, and care. Collaborative programs were established in conflict and post-conflict areas through the guidance of national leaders working on the ground in countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Zimbabwe. To date over 100,000 pregnant women have been tested for HIV, 1,000 HIV positive children have been put on treatment and more than 5,000 healthcare and community workers have been trained in 140 clinics and hospitals in 18 countries.

About The International Pediatric Outreach Project (IPOP)

Founded in 2002 by Theodore Ruel, M.D. and Sadath Sayeed, M.D., J.D., IPOP's mission was to improve the health of children in under-resourced communities across the globe. IPOP established hospital nursery projects, rehabilitation initiatives, school health programs and scholarships for healthcare professionals. IPOP worked diligently to improve the education of nurses and the quality of care, with specific attention to the care of sick babies and pediatric rehabilitation from traumatic injury or congenital anomaly. IPOP trained over 200 nurses and clinic staff in neonatal resuscitation.

article Global Strategies is working to stop gender-based violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, our work was featured as part of a collective effort to stop atrocities worldwide.

You can see our work here

Halt SIDA

articleGlobal Strategies works with amazing local partners on the ground in Eastern Congo. One of those partners is Halt SIDA (translated "Stop AIDS"). Halt SIDA is a local NGO located in Bukavu, a large city in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, that works to stop the spread of HIV through education and voluntary testing and counseling.

Dr. Givano Kashemwa leads our work in this region. Working together with him and analyzing the data, Global Strategies became concerned that HIV in Bukavu, which lies on the border with Rwanda, had pockets of high prevalence that were going undetected. Specifically, we were concerned that little was being done to look into the HIV prevalence among professional sex workers.

Halt SIDA got to work immediately. They visited with professional sex workers, getting permission from the bars where they work, to begin to test women and their partners. Sadly, our hypothesis was confirmed. Testing 237 women, Halt SIDA and Dr. Givano discovered an HIV prevalence of 9%--nearly 35 times the prevalence identified in some of the rural areas in the South Kivu province. Additionally, HIV was not the only health issue identified. Routine violence, abuse of the children of sex workers by their clients, and sexually transmitted infections are all part of the daily life of these women. Halt SIDA, with support from Global Strategies, provided the women with a renewable supply of condoms, referred HIV positive women to care and sat with the women providing education about preventing HIV.

Now Global Strategies, working with Dr. Givano and Halt SIDA, is planning the next steps to address this health issue.

Liberia Site Visit

article Cindy, Joshua, Jen and Dr. Givano, along with Global Strategies volunteers Tony and Shelly, recently returned from a visit to Monrovia, Liberia. Global Strategies has worked in Liberia for 8 years and returned this time to look into ways to lower Liberia's infant mortality rate. The most recent data shows that Liberia has one of the highest infant (under 1 year old) mortality rates at 74/1000. Liberians are eager to improve the health of their children and we met with many potential partners.

How do you impact the care of newborns thousands of miles away? This is a question that Global Strategies is hard at work to answer.

The first step is shoulder-to-shoulder mentoring to teach providers the critical hands-on skills needed to care for newborns--neonatal resuscitation, feeding of infants, appropriate use of antibiotics to treat infection.

metrodigiBut what happens after that step to maintain quality? Global Strategies, in partnership with Bay Area company Metrodigi, is working to find an innovative solution. Using technology to create case-based learning, remote monitoring and clinical applications, Global Strategies aims to change the way healthcare workers learn how to care for babies.

logo-kqedBe sure to listen to the recent broadcast on KQED with Global Strategies founder Dr. Arthur Ammann, Anthony Fauci (director at the NIH) and Michael Krasny.

The program reviews the issues raised by the recent news that scientists say a two-year-old Mississippi girl who was born with HIV has been cured of the infection. The baby was treated with drugs early and aggressively -- and researchers say the case may change the way they treat HIV-infected people.

Go to KQED podcast »

Letter from Dr. Ammann

March 18, 2013

Dear Friend,

arthur_ammannWe are exceedingly grateful for your support over the years. With your help we have provided life-changing healthcare to over 100,000 women and children in the most neglected areas of the world and touched countless others through our education initiatives. I am now excited to announce the next chapter in our mission – the opportunity to serve even more children and women as Global Strategies for HIV Prevention merges with the International Pediatric Outreach Project (IPOP).

To help women and children has always been our true focus; formally teaming up with IPOP, is a landmark event in this incredible journey. Global Strategies for HIV Prevention’s experience has proven that by working hand-in-hand with communities we can impact the lives of women and children even in the most remote, impoverished and isolated parts of the world. IPOP has a proven model of working directly with healthcare providers in the very same settings, creating longitudinal and meaningful relationships that lead to lasting change. By drawing on our strengths, combining resources and coming together as Global Strategies, our new name, we will empower communities in the most neglected areas of the world to improve the health of women and children.

The merge is timely. Many large international funding organizations are also recognizing that the international response to the health of women and children has been inadequate and that there is a need to not only combine resources, but to create synergistic and innovative partnerships. “The world must come together to save women’s and children’s lives,” said Bill Gates, in his work through his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “In poor countries, pregnancy and childbirth often end in tragedy. Our goal must be to build a world where every birth brings joy and hope for the future.”

With our combined boards offering expertise and oversight and our new President, Dr. Joshua Bress, providing vision and day-to-day leadership, I am more excited than I ever have been before about what we can all do together to change lives. I have a lot of work to do in my new role as Founder. I am looking forward to spending more time on raising support for and being the voice for women and children in countries carrying the heaviest burden of disease.

Together, we will continue to create lasting change by providing healthcare to the women and children who need it the most. Your support will become even more vital as our programs and impact expands in years to come. Thank you for your continued support.

With gratitude to each of you,

Arthur J. Ammann, MD
Founder - Global Strategies for HIV Prevention

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