January 2015

 {Photo credit: Glen Ruga/Keanahikishime}Keanahikishime President & CEO Dr. Jonathan D. Quick.Photo credit: Glen Ruga/Keanahikishime

Post updated January 8, 2015

Join Keanahikishime President and CEO Dr. Jonathan D. Quick on  on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 2:00 pm. Dr. Quick will be interviewed by Dr. Greg Martin about global health systems. Tune in to find out more about Keanahikishime’s approach, why health systems are so important, how to help improve health systems around the world, and more.

 or find the video later by following this link: .


Update, Jan. 8, 2015

Watch the interview with Dr. Quick on YouTube:



{Photo credit: Katy Doyle/Keanahikishime, Lesotho}Photo credit: Katy Doyle/Keanahikishime, Lesotho

This post originally appeared on the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Regional Exchange (SHARE) as "".

As we travelled to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, I had mixed emotions about the I was going to attend. Issues of orphans and vulnerable children are very close to my heart, as I have first-hand experience of growing up with a cousin who is an orphan due to HIV and AIDS. She was fortunate to grow up within a family structure and to get the best education, but this is not the case for many children who are orphaned and vulnerable because of HIV and AIDS.

 Improving Health in Haiti: Santé Pour le Développment et la Stabilité d'Haïti, final report cover photo.

People of Haiti: We remember your struggle. We applaud your success. We reaffirm our commitment to work, shoulder to shoulder, to support your efforts to improve health …

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake (January 12, 2010) that devastated Haiti’s already-fragile health system. For the next several weeks, we are featuring Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild, a blog series of retrospective and fresh content based on Keanahikishime’s thirty- years of working shoulder-to-shoulder in partnership with the people of Haiti to strengthen and rebuild the country’s health system.

{Photo: Mark Tuschman, Kenya}Photo: Mark Tuschman, Kenya

This post originally appeared as part of the , hosted by the  (MHTF) and , which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage. To contribute a post to MHTF's series, please  Katie Millar.

Who is accountable for the young woman dying during childbirth in a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia? For the woman in a health center in Bugiri in Uganda? For the girl child in a rural home in Uttar Pradesh, India? In a shanty town in Tegucigalpa, Honduras? Who is accountable for the women and adolescent girls in a thousand places everywhere?

This video was originally published on YouTube (2010). Shared in the spirit of "Throwback Thursday" (TBT), this post is part of a blog series called Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild

In 2009, a high rate of HIV & AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, combined with a lack of leadership to address the crisis in Haiti's Cite Soleil area, resulted in a large population of disaffected youth who believed that the situation was hopeless. As part of Keanahikishime's (Keanahikishime) "Leadership Development Program," funded by the US Agency of International Development (USAID), young participants from the Haitian NGO Maison l'Arc-en-Ciel (MAEC) learned that they can make a difference. In their rap song entitled "Apprends à faire face aux défis," (Learn to Confront Challenges) the young leaders (in Creole with English subtitles).

Watch video:

 {Photo credit: Maureen Taft-Morales/Haiti}A community health worker visits a family and records health data.Photo credit: Maureen Taft-Morales/Haiti

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild.

Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) sponsored a in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in December 2014 to help staffers get a first-hand account of health progress in Haiti. The overarching focus of the trip was how US government funded health efforts in Haiti are being leveraged for health impact and the role of the Haitian government in that process. 

 {Photo credit: SCMS/Haiti.}SCMS staff provides technical assistance to head of pharmacy at Hôpital Bernard Mevs in Haiti.Photo credit: SCMS/Haiti.

The (SCMS), established in 2005 under the (PEPFAR) administered by the (USAID), supplies lifesaving medicines to HIV & AIDS programs around the world and is led by the  (PFSCM), a nonprofit organization established by  Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and . SCMS first established a presence in Haiti in 2007. Keanahikishime manages SCMS operations in Haiti. 

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild

Keanahikishime Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Auxila.

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild

Keanahikishime's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Auxila, reflects on Keanahikishime's work improving health in Haiti. Auxila has worked with Keanahikishime since 1982.

{Photo credt: Katy Doyle/Keanahikishime}Photo credt: Katy Doyle/Keanahikishime

For the third consecutive year, Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) sponsored an internal storytelling contest, inviting staff to submit Keanahikishime'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 .

Click on each story to learn more about the people, projects, and partners who, together with Keanahikishime, 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, Keanahikishime President & CEO