Systems Matters

Welcome to the May 2017 issue of Systems Matters, HPI's quarterly newsletter. In this issue we are delighted to celebrate International Day of the Midwife on 5th May, 2017, recognising and highlighting the work of midwives. We also share some recent news including a new course, recent events, publications, film and press coverage of how helping women on their education and career paths are the key to rebuilding war-torn societies.

1)   Celebrating our health workers' Graduation Day 
2)   Watch: Our Graduation Day Montage
3)   Featured Blog: Midwives' Voices
4)   New Publication: Hauwa's Story
5)   Press: How to Fix War-Torn Societies? Help Women to Work
6)   New Course: Communication for Behavioural Impact
7)   Meet the Team: Pieter de Ruijter
8)   Project Award: Evaluation of UNICEF's Health Systems Strengthening Programming
9)   World Malaria Day

Celebrating International Day of the Midwife, 2017

Celebrating our health workers' Graduation Day
Congratulations to all the students of the Women for Health programme who, after completing the Foundation Year programme, went on to graduate from the mainstream courses as nurses, midwives, and community health workers. Their graduation ceremony celebrated all they have achieved so far and we look forward to seeing them working in their rural communities. Read more
Watch: Our Graduation Day Montage
In celebration of International Day of the Midwife 2017, watch how students graduating from the Foundation Year Programme as midwives, community health workers, and nurses have developed their skills and grown in confidence. At their recent graduation ceremony, a video montage reminded them of their progress over the past years, and their potential for the future. Watch here

Featured Publications & Blogs

Midwives' Voices
This brief blog introduces Georgia Taylor’s work on the “Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities” report for WHO which was cited in a statement to the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women 2017. The report shows how gender inequality in the workplace and time poverty resulting from unpaid responsibilities undermines women’s ability to provide quality of care in health facilities and communities. Read more
Hauwa's Story
Since introducing the Foundation Year Initiative on the Women For Health programme, more young women in Northern Nigeria can qualify to be educated as female health workers. This story shows how one young woman, Hauwa, is changing attitudes to women's education in her community after benefitting from the Foundation Year. Read more


How to Fix War-Torn Societies? Help Women to Work

Reuters interviews the National Programme Manager for Women for Health, Dr Fatima Adamu, as part of an article on how working women help to fix war-torn societies. One of the greatest achievements of the Women for Health programme has been the increased status of women in communities who have sent their girls to train to become health workers. Read more

New Course

Communication for Behavioural Impact Course
Health Partners International is pleased to announce the new Communications for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) course in health and social development at Nagoya University, Japan, from 15-26 May 2017. Students will learn how to develop effective 10-step communication plans that lead to behavioural results in health and social development. Read more

Meet the Team

Pieter de Ruijter 
As the Technical Lead for Health Care Technology Management and ICT for HPI, Pieter specialises in developing online software and hardware solutions for low- and middle-income countries. He focuses on affordable, low-carbon developments with low recurrent costs that can operate in challenging settings. Pieter's latest developments include a solar-powered e-learning solution, an online asset management system and a mobile phone-based community survey solution. Read more

Project Award

Evaluation of UNICEF Health Systems Strengthening Programming
Following the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF designed a new Health Strategy and a Health Systems Strengthening framework which seeks to deliver on the Global Goals. HPI and Itad are undertaking a formative evaluation of the framework and the strategy. Read more

Other news

World Malaria Day
As a key partner in malaria control and elimination programmes, Health Partners International invites you to celebrate the tremendous gains made so far on Roll Back Malaria’s World Malaria Day 2017 by exploring the impact we have had with our partners in countries such as Nigeria in the fight against malaria. Find out more about our governance focussed, systems-strengthening approach - even in a disease-specific context. Read more here

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