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Key Partners Establish Road Map to Measure Health Outcomes

Featured Photo:Psychological and Social Work with Survivor and Affected Families in Liberia (UN Photo/Martine Perret)

Across the board there has been a global call for a strengthening of health systems particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Now, atop that, key partners including USAID, WHO, and the World Bank along with specific countries have laid out a road map and a 5-point Call to Action Plan to establish improved measurement systems on health outcomes at the country level.

“Accurate and timely health data are the foundation to improving public health. Without reliable information to set priorities and measure results, countries and their development partners are working in the dark,” said Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. “Investing in measurement is an investment in health and countries that build and strengthen local capacity are better positioned to achieve greater long-term success and better health outcomes.

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[Photos] Diarrhea Interventions That Work in Low Resource Settings

PATH Breakthrough Innovations
Did you know that diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined? What’s so disheartening about this statistic is the deaths from diarrhea for children under the age of five are easily prevented by increased breastfeeding, the rotavirus vaccine, and improved sanitation and hygiene and access to clean water.

There are, however, innovative interventions that have been created to treat children with diarrheal disease. Diarrhea leads to dehydration and malnutrition. In fact, according to the World Health Organization diarrhea is a leading cause of malnutrition in children under the age of five.  With every bout of diarrhea children who go untreated lose essential liquids and salts as well as vital nutrition.

ColaLife, an organization that provides essential medicines and health interventions using the same distribution channels as Coca-Cola,  has created an essential diarrheal prevention kit, Kit Yamoyo, that includes zinc tablets and oral rehydration salts. ColaLife believes that if its kit is adopted globally it has the potential to save one million lives by 2015.

Oral rehydration saltsZinc tablets

As aforementioned the best way to save more children’s lives and prevent diarrhea is through improved sanitation to decrease the parasites in drinking water.

Improving sanitation

You can read about more low-resource lifesaving interventions for mothers and children at PATH’s Breakthough Interventions page and follow the conversation at #innovations2015.

Photos taken at the Best Buys for Global Health discussion held at the Center for Global Development on March 19, 2014.

Child Mortality Rates Fall in Sub-Saharan Africa

If you keep up with MDG (Millennium Development Goals) news it would seem unfathomable that a report would emerge from Sub-Saharan African that infant and child mortality has fallen within recent years.

The Millennium Development Goal 4 says that child mortality should be reduced by 2/3 in the developing world  by 2015, which comes to 4.4% per year per country. In a previous post I wrote that the World Bank and IMF reported during their spring meetings a few weeks ago that child mortality would not reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goal because only 1/3 of child deaths have been decreased thus far. That, however, does not mean progress is not being made.

According to the Africa Can…End Poverty blog from the World Bank statistics show that 20 Sub-Saharan countries have witnessed a significant decrease in child mortality for children under the age of five particularly in Senegal, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.

Gabriel Demombynes and Ritva Reinikka note that these mortality decreases are likely due to the wide use of insecticide-treated bed nets and improved sanitation.

This is great news for the global health community as progress is certainly being made.