Answering the Call: Supporting Tajikistan’s COVID Response
As COVID-19 cases spread in Tajikistan, people in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) grew increasingly worried about their health, their finances, and their future. People with COVID-19 symptoms living in this remote and mountainous area had limited accessibility to health centers because of difficult terrain and poor roads.
The Aga Khan Foundation and USAID's Thrive Tajikistan project stepped in to assist by supporting a virtual helpline. The helpline connected community members to healthcare and provided mental health support to both community members and healthcare professionals. Thrive Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Health Services also launched a mobile health initiative with Tcell, one of the biggest telecommunications companies in Tajikistan, to reach 1,672 community members with text messages on COVID-19, nutrition, and sanitation. More Information
Community-Led Health Program Empowers Rural Families
Fonkoze empowers Haitians, primarily rural women, to lift their families out of poverty by providing access to the tools, resources, and support needed to overcome and thrive. The organization’s approach to empowerment is holistic - addressing the many systemic roots of poverty: lack of access to education, financial and health services, and more.
Fonkoze’s health program Boutik Sante, in particular, serves approximately 250,000 households each year, offering health resources to communities throughout Haiti that include vitamin distribution, screenings for child malnutrition and therapeutic feeding treatments, hypertension screenings for cardiovascular disease, and preventative healthcare trainings. This program alone, which won the 2021 European Microfinance Award, has increased access to health services and education for more than 3.3 million people since its inception in 2014. More information.
Despite the Ceasefire, Gaza’s Health Service Is on the Brink of Collapse
The health sector in Gaza was already under intolerable pressure because of Covid-19. Then came the latest bombardments. Hear from Raja, MedGlobal Country Director, and Alaa, MedGlobal Program Manager, in this op-ed for The Guardian on the challenges Gaza's health system faces as the region is left to pick up the pieces of what has been lost. More Information
Haitian Doctors & Nurses Respond to Earthquake
Haitian doctors and nurses of La Gonâve Wesleyen Hospital heard about the desperate need for medical assistance following the earthquake – and responded… More Information
How Nurse Is Helping Defeat the Pandemic One Shot at a Time
Sandra Lindsay made history as the first person in the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Now she is sharing her experience in the hopes of encouraging others to get the vaccine and defeat the pandemic here at home and around the world. More information