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Join JSI at the World Congress on Public Health

April 3, 2017

On April 3–7, JSI will join global public health leaders at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, Australia. The Congress is a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key issues contributing to improving public health at a global level.

JSI experts will present our work in Nepal. Through partnerships, JSI is working to strengthen the country’s health system, increase access to quality maternal and child health services and commodities, and improve nutrition.

Please join us at the sessions below to learn more about some of our programs.

Topic: Earthquake in Nepal: Need for Rapid scale Up of Chlorhexidine for Cord Care

Following the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, thousands of pregnant women were living in tents and temporary shelters with poor hygienic conditions, health facilities were damaged and the health delivery system was in crisis. Rapid introduction of chlorhexidine for cord care, as part of a more comprehensive health klt in the affected area, prevented deaths and infections among neonates. Use of chlorhexidine for cord care will prevent neonatal sepsis and death in crisis situations.

Topic: Role of Female Community Health Volunteers in Crisis

After the earthquake in Nepal, female community health volunteers (FCHVs) were able to provide health services such as organizing immunization clinics, emergency health camps, and distribution of health commodities such as chlorhexidine, hygiene kits for mothers, pills, and condoms. They also worked to prevent violence against girls and women after the crisis. The FCHVs linked those who needed services with organizations and health facilities that could provide emergency aid and supplies. Community health volunteers can help to ensure resilience of health services in response to crisis situations.

Topic: Use of Mobile Phones for Program Monitoring at Community-Level: Nepal’s Chlorhexidine Program Experience

Currently 80% of Nepal’s population has access to the chlorhexidine (CHX) program. Use of CHX for cord care is monitored at health facility and beneficiary level through routine health information systems and surveys. This system is used at health facilities and provides information about availability and use of CHX. Implementing partners’ staff use android-based mobile apps to collect information about knowledge, use and compliance of CHX cord care, and availability and distribution of CHX. This information assisted in prioritizing support, identified hard to reach areas, and improved access to the program.

Learn more about the work JSI is doing in Nepal:
Chlorhexidine Navi (Cord) Care Program
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