Model Projects Addressing Women's Health Care Issues (Part 1) – Moderator: Emma N. Andrews, PharmD, Pfizer. Speakers: Harshad Sanghvi, M.D., Vice President of Technical Leadership and Medical Director, Jhpiego, and Mr. Gannon Gillespie, Director of U.S. Operations, Tostan
Many organizations address the specific health care needs of women in the developing world. Two such programs include: (1) JHPIEGO (pronounced ‘jha-pie-go’) is an international health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For 35 years, JHPIEGO has designed and implemented effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families; and (2) Tostan means ‘breakthrough’ in the West African language of Wolof. Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program is considered a ‘best practice’ by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Population Control and others. Successes in 10 African communities include: abandoning female genital cutting, ending forced child marriage, promoting grassroots democracy and protecting maternal and child health.
This is the fourth and concluding lecture in the Global Women's Health series, presented by the World Affairs Council's Global Women's Issues Forum in conjunction with Saint Joseph College, sponsored by Pfizer.
Gannon Gillespie, Director of U.S. Operations, Tostan
Harshad Sanghvi, M.D., Vice President of Technical Leadership and Medical Director.
Science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized community efforts. These include sanitation, control of contagious infections, hygiene education, early diagnosis and preventive treatment, and adequate living standards. It requires understanding not only of epidemiology, nutrition, and antiseptic practices but also of social science. Historical public health measures included quarantine of leprosy victims in the Middle Ages and efforts to improve sanitation following the 14th-century plague epidemics. Population increases in Europe brought with them increased awareness of infant deaths and a proliferation of hospitals. Britain's Public Health Act of 1848 established a special public health ministry. In the U.S., public health is studied and coordinated on a national level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; internationally, the World Health Organization plays an equivalent role.