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October 26, 2010

Photo blog: "Mali was a trip like no other country"

John Donnelly

In this third of five segments, John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his assignment in Mali, which focused in part on the Ministry of Health’s efforts, with MLI assistance, to expand a community-based health insurance plan called mutuelles:

"Mali was a trip like no other country in the sense there was such a push for the mutuelles, providing health insurance for people who really need it. It was interesting to see people in the Health Ministry all talk about the same trip they took to Rwanda to see what Rwanda had done in expanding health insurance to almost the whole population."

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October 21, 2010

Photo blog: Reducing Maternal Mortality in Senegal

John Donnelly

In this second of five segments,  John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his assignment in Senegal, which focused in part on the Ministry of Health’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality:

"Senegal was the first country that we started to document, so it was the introduction to the kind of issues at hand. It was the country where I heard for the first time that almost 350,000 women die around the world every year in child birth. A woman dies almost every minute. So we wanted to witness the difficulties first hand."

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October 19, 2010

Photo blog: "Sierra Leone really hit home"

John Donnelly

In this first of five segments, John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his two trips to Sierra Leone, including one which focused on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s efforts to roll out free health care for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, and children under the age of five.

 "These pictures are from two different visits. Sierra Leone really hit home in a lot of ways. Even though I’ve been documenting global health now for a little over a decade, I’m still always surprised how it always hits home, and I guess that’s why I am dedicated to it. But going to Sierra Leone opened my eyes again, and it really opened my eyes to the dangers that women face in trying to have a family. It meant witnessing the real hardships and the death of a newborn baby, as well as watching a nurse save the life of a newborn boy. It steals your breath. To me, it’s very haunting."

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September 29, 2010

MLI’s training on negotiations pays off for Nepal

John Donnelly

KATHMANDU – For Gabriele Mallapaty, the idea sounded intriguing: A friend had suggested that the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health should offer a training session to the Ministry of Health and Population on how to become better negotiators.

Mallapaty, MLI’s County Lead in Nepal, asked Dr. Yasho Vardan Pradhan, then the Chief of Policy Planning and International Cooperation, what he thought of the idea. Pradhan, now Director General of Nepal's Department of Health Services, endorsed it almost immediately.

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September 28, 2010

Restoring Health Services in Sierra Leone

Dr. Aminata Y. Kanu

When I was child in Sierra Leone some three decades ago, I suffered from asthma, and my parents took me to Ola During Children’s Hospital for treatment.   The health system was fully functional then. All types of blood tests could be performed at the hospital and the country had plenty of specialists: pediatricians, neurologists, pathologists. Health care facilities had ample pharmaceuticals; food was provided during your stay. The hospital had all the latest medical equipment—I remember because my mother was a nurse.  I used to visit her in the intensive care unit and it was a little bit scary because of all the machines.

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