By Stacey Naggiar
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
Senegal’s country director, Phillipe Guinot, attended a ceremony in Thiénaba and spoke to the press about re-mobilization in the region’s fight against malaria.
Also in Senegal, audit teams gathered in the St. Louis area to assess data quality, comparing data in registers from health facilities to data recorded in servers. (Photos: PATH/Gnagna Dieng)
In the news
A chemist in Burkina Faso has developed a scented soap with essential oils to repel mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Given that mosquito nets only protect indoors at night and mosquito repellant is expensive and ineffective, the soap can be used daily by even the poorest families. (Watch the video on msn.com)
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking for a new executive director to replace Mark Dybul, who is stepping down in May. Some implementers on the board are asking to restart the process of identifying candidates and to include an opportunity for public questions in the process. (via New York Times)
A foreign aid reform bill is likely to be introduced in the US House of Representatives this month. Devex reports the bill, from Florida Republican Ted Yoho, would establish “an interagency mechanism to help the private sector participate in U.S. development assistance programs.” The bill aims to require buy-in from recipient countries and use clear benchmarks to increase accountability in foreign aid.
Tableau is featuring their partnership with MACEPA and Zambia’s Ministry of Health on their website. Watch the video to hear Jeff Bernson, PATH’s Director of Results Management, Measurement, and Learning, describe the exciting work.
Countries and partners of the Isdell Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative gathered this week in Livingstone, Zambia, to discuss continued efforts to align malaria elimination strategies among neighboring countries. MACEPA prepared two films which profile Isdell Flowers’ investment in community malaria surveillance, or Step D, in Sesheke, Western Province, Zambia. Working with the Zambian Ministry of Health, MACEPA and Isdell Flowers have already trained 478 community health workers and across seven districts in Western Province.
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ICYMI: There’s great content on the PATH Blog this week.
- In response to proposals to cut State Department and USAID funding, here’s a repost of CEO Steve Davis’s Huffington Post piece about foreign aid under threat and how maintaining our resolve to improve global health is the best way to put America first.
- PATH’s deputy director of Digital Health Solutions, Skye Gilbert, recently traveled to Tanzania and writes about how data is improving workflow and thereby care at health facilities. Gilbert says that not only does data empower health workers but it gives public health experts new insights that can lead to life-saving problem solving.
- Also, a piece from Zambia’s senior advocacy and policy officer, Monica Mutesa (pictured below), about how a personal experience led her to a career in public health where she is working with the government to expand contraceptive access to women.