Global Health

by |March 8th, 2017

As featured in State of the Planet | March 8, 2017 By Justine Dowden & Yanis Ben Amor When Sunita, a student in rural South India, got her period for the first time she was sure she was on the brink of death. For the previous 12 years of her life, she had always known blood… read more

UNAIDS and CSD endorse creation of 2 million CHWs in support of 90-90-90

by |February 17th, 2017

On February 9, 2017, UNAIDS, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg co-hosted an expert consultation at Columbia University to advance 90-90-90 and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. The 90-90-90 agenda was launched by UNAIDS in 2014 to end the AIDS epidemic. The concept… read more

The End of AIDS

by |December 2nd, 2016

As featured in Project Syndicate | November 29, 2016 The AIDS pandemic claimed around 36 million lives between 1981 and 2016, and a similar number around the world currently live with the HIV virus. Some 1.2 million people died of AIDS last year, and another 1.8 million were infected. Those statistics are daunting, but the startling… read more

Categories: Global Health, HIV/AIDS

UNAIDS joins forces with the One Million Community Health Workers campaign to achieve the 90–90–90 treatment target

by |February 2nd, 2016

Press release by UNAIDS | 2 February 2016 UNAIDS and the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) initiative have announced a major strategic partnership to support the achievement of the 90–90–90 treatment target and to lay the foundation for sustainable health and development. The new partnership emerged at a high-level meeting of eight African health ministers… read more

Coaching Health Workers to Maximize Performance

by |August 1st, 2014

Health workers strive to achieve high performance in the same way professionals do in many fields – gain knowledge through study and refine skills through practice. Ongoing coaching is also often needed to achieve peak performance. Most health systems, however, deploy health workers to the field with little further mentorship to help them hone their… read more

Strengthening Health, Education, and Water Systems Across Nigeria

by |July 14th, 2014

Countries around the world are accelerating efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global milestones adopted by the United Nations, before the 2015 deadline. Though approaches for advancing progress have been effective in some places, achieving development at scale remains a major challenge, particularly for large countries with diverse conditions. Since… read more

Ghana Completes the 1st Community Health Worker Roadmap

by |May 6th, 2014

The One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign, through close collaboration with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health, is pleased to announce the release of the government’s national Community Health Worker (CHW) Roadmap. The Roadmap details the technical model of the new Ghanaian CHW program including health services to be delivered, essential supplies package, training requirements, terms… read more

Can Coaching Health Workers Improve the Performance of Health Systems?

by |March 17th, 2014

Co-Author: Shubhra Kumar, Research Associate at Columbia Global Center South Asia In a 2011 article in the New Yorker, surgeon and writer Atul Gawande explored the idea of having coaches, such as in sports and singing, for other professionals including teachers and doctors. Different than managing or simply teaching, coaching combines judgment, guidance, and accompaniment… read more

The Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS) Takes Open Data Further

by |March 10th, 2014

Author: Candice Heberer, Interaction Designer Right now is an exciting time for the Nigeria Scale-up Project. The Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University, in collaboration with CGSD, are currently in the process of transferring data, technical knowledge and planning resources to our local partners on the ground, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to… read more

One Million Community Health Workers Campaign Marks One Year Anniversary

by |January 29th, 2014

January marks one-year since the launch of the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign! We have lots to celebrate as we continue to mobilize support for the integration of professionally trained community health workers (CHWs) into national health workforces in sub-Saharan Africa. Here are some highlights of the year: Ten countries have requested support… read more