Voices From the Front Line

Alina D. Bishop Velarde, a midwife in Morelos, Mexico, is seeking to promote the humanization of birth. “It’s something many women in Mexico do not experience during childbirth,” she says. “In this world everything is going so quickly, we forget about this human ingredient.”
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Vusumuzi Christopher Mnqayi didn't realize how much of a toll his job as a community health worker in South Africa was taking on his mental health. That is, until he received coaching that has transformed the way he copes with the challenges of his crucial front line role.
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Community Health Workers (CHWs) are playing a pivotal role in fighting COVID-19, especially in countries with vulnerable health systems. Beyond the pandemic, CHWs can contribute to advancing universal health coverage, but only if they are set up for success—according to the Community Health Impact Coalition (CHIC) which is working to make professionalized community health workers a norm worldwide.
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John Lazame Tindanbil, Executive Director of MABIA-Ghana, is a recipient of the 2020 Aspen Nurse Innovator Grant in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Foundation. The grant recognizes nurse/midwife innovators for their innovative practices to provide healthcare access to marginalized communities.
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Community health workers already struggling to address healthcare gaps in the rural village of Bongco in the Iloilo province of central Philippines are facing a serious challenge with the surge in locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases.
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“Nurses are the front lines of public health,” says Kate Garrison, RN BA, who has been in the field for over two decades, including in her current role as case manager at a small community hospital in New England. Garrison feels the two disciplines—public health and nursing—need to talk to each other more. “Nurses are gathering public health data all day long,” she adds, “but it isn’t seen that way because no one is asking them to share that data.”
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Grobogan in Central Java, Indonesia, has one of the district’s highest maternal and infant mortality rates. Johnson & Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Project HOPE, is responding to maternal and infant health needs in Grobogan by equipping health workers with skills to detect and manage complications at childbirth as well as knowledge about reducing COVID-19 infections.
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A disproportionate number of women die from preventable pregnancy-related causes in rural Indonesia. Most of them deliver at home with traditional birth attendants who are not equipped to handle complications during labor and childbirth, contributing to Indonesia’s high maternal mortality rate—one of the highest in Southeast Asia.
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Young women in South Africa contract HIV at rates four times higher than young men; many are also pregnant when learning their HIV status.
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