Fragile StatesPolitical upheavals, armed conflict, earthquakes, tsunamis, drought—around the world, these events devastate individuals and communities, and destroy health systems. For more than 30 years, JSI has delivered significant technical and systems expertise to countries in need in support during both their emergency stage, as well as during the transition from immediate relief to long-term, durable stability, and well-being.
Inherent in our focus on the strengthening of health systems, JSI integrates preparedness, disaster risk reduction, and resilience into all of our programming. A particular area of expertise is JSI’s work with national and local governments rebuilding health systems as they transition from conflict and crisis to development. Capacity building is the cornerstone of all of our work, and it is especially critical during the transition. JSI has worked extensively on programs focused on reinforcing the capacity of local health centers and national health care systems, and strengthening the ability of communities to plan for situations, natural and man-made, that may disrupt access to health services.
In fragile states, we strengthen the ability of organizations and individuals to rebuild social infrastructure and accumulate social capital. We also implement activities that address and tend to the psychosocial and protection needs of affected women and children. Our work to improve the situation of those impacted by conflict and natural disasters has resulted in a depth of understanding of the many issues surrounding governments and communities faced with these challenges, and corresponding experiences and lessons learned on implementing high-quality approaches.
Nepal Earthquake, 2015
In April 2015, after an earthquake devastated much of Nepal, JSI raised funds from more than 200 people and contributed supplies and trainings to female community health volunteers in the most affected areas. Read our June 25, 2015 update from the field.
JSI helped build the capacity of the Wau County Department of Health to provide basic health and nutrition, improve water sanitation, and increase community mobilization and engagement around health.
The Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns project supports the establishment of much-needed birth clinics within Internally Displaced Persons camps in the Charsadda and Mardan districts.
JSI provided technical support at the national level to improve the effectiveness, quality, and accessibility of child health services through the development and implementation of high impact interventions and helped shape national child health policy.
Supported by the NUMAT project, a local policeman and father joins the effort to address sexual and gender-based violence in his community in northern Uganda.
Provision of high quality RH services for displaced persons is often neglected in emergency response.RAISE seeks to ensure that displaced populations receive quality reproductive health (RH) services. JSI is a RAISE Initiative advocacy partner.
JSI's Health Services Program supports a 45-member medical team in providing mobile health services to areas in Central Java that were most stricken by Indonesia's massive 2006 earthquake.