Global Health

Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
One of every two people on the... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Mar 22, 2021
Paula Rudnicka, Sr. Technical advisor for Gender Integration, PCI, A Global Communities Partner It has been over a year since COVID-19 brought much of the world to a halt and exacerbated  the most pressing development challenges, including inadequate and unsustainable access to water. According to pre-pandemic estimates, more than 2 billion people around the globe were unable to access safely managed drinking water services and 3 billion lacked basic handwashing facilities. With global lockdowns, economic recession, and diverted public resources, the number of people experiencing water insecurity is expected to rise. This is particularly true for communities... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
The war in Yemen has presented a formidable challenge to health care facilities and maternal health services during the conflict, putting thousands of mothers' lives at risk. The escalating violence and economic hardships prevented many mothers from getting the care they needed; healthcare services plummeted and deteriorated. Hospitals were no longer able to provide and upkeep health services, as the war still profoundly impacted the already pre-existing challenges of Yemen's health care systems. Shortages of fuel and unreliable electricity supply severely impeded health service provisions, as power failures during critical prenatal medical emergencies began to be the norm. Unexpected incidents increased, and the local authorities' responsiveness and capacity to provide essential health... Read more
Jan 18, 2021
The WASH for Health (W4H) project has been promoting handwashing as a key hygiene behaviour among Ghanaian households and basic school students since its inception in 2015. Increasingly, handwashing has become the new normal lifestyle in Ghana and beyond, primarily as a result of efforts to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization continues to emphasise handwashing as one of the sure ways to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result of continuing efforts from W4H involving sensitization and education, a girl in Dambai named Isabella influenced her mother to purchase a Veronica bucket (a handwashing facility invented by a Ghanaian retired nurse, Veronica Bekoe, made of a bucket affixed with a small tap at the bottom) for their home. ... Read more
Jan 18, 2021
In Ghana, one place apart from home to feel cared for is a Health Care Facility (HCF). Not only are the health personnel professional, but most importantly, the health care institution must have functional Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities including toilet facilities, handwashing stations and clean drinking water stations. Unfortunately, the Ghana Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report in 2016 estimated that 30% of HCFs lack access to basic water services and 83% of health facilities do not have improved sanitation. This disturbing revelation motivated Global Communities to partner with an International NGO Water4 through its local implementing partner Access Development to improve the WASH status of 30 HCFs in the Wassa East District of the Western Region of Ghana... Read more
Jan 14, 2021
This article originally was published by the US Embassy in Sri Lanka January 13:  The United States donated a mobile testing unit to the Regional Health Services in Moneragala, received by Dr. B.M.C. Dasanayaka, as part of the effort to fight COVID-19 in Sri Lanka and protect lives through early detection. The mobile unit will administer PCR tests and provide vital health services to 100 people daily in Moneragala communities hit hard by the pandemic. The mobile unit enables safe sample collection by avoiding direct contact and can be used in future for testing other communicable diseases, including dengue. “By making COVID-19 tests and other health related services accessible... Read more
Dec 23, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath Over the last month, the U.S. Government donated 4,000 personal hygiene kits to low-income women in the Western Province in Sri Lanka. On November 23rd, 850 kits were handed off to Rosy Senanayake, the mayor of Colombo, to be distributed among Colombo Municipal Council workers and residents of Modara.  Many women in the targeted areas are too poor to afford personal hygiene products themselves or have been unable to obtain them due to movement restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19. The initiative was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) project implemented by Global Communities. The kits included essential items such as sanitary pads, soap, shampoo,... Read more
Dec 23, 2020
With the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka, health authorities experienced an urgent need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to contain the spread of the virus, but since contagion is rapid, authorities are struggling with limited resources. Some Medical Officer of Health (MOH) offices in Matara do not even have enough thermal scanners for use by their Public Health Inspectors (PHIs). SCORE provided Kamburugamuwa hospital in Matara with face shields, thermal scanners, sprayers, boots, foot and head covers, masks, gloves and PPE. Thermal scanners were handed over to the newly established Walana hospital, as well as MOH offices in Weligama and Welipitiya in the Matara district. Walana hospital received the items on the same day it commenced operations after the emergence... Read more
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