November 2018

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Kathy Erb

    Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) | Communications Manager
    Un dirigeant confessionnel démontrant son soutien à la planification familiale lors de l'ICFP 2018.

    Un dirigeant confessionnel démontrant son soutien à la planification familiale lors de l'ICFP 2018. Photo: Kathy Erb

    «Si vos parents avaient eu recours à la planification familiale, vous ne seriez pas ici», a déclaré un responsable gouvernemental à Mme Séraphine Lugwarna Nzigire lorsqu'elle est allée promouvoir les services de planification familiale afin de réduire le taux élevé de décès maternels dans son district en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Elle n'a pas été dissuadée. Elle lui a dit qu'elle ne partirait pas avant d'avoir expliqué ce qui se passait dans sa communauté pour qu'il comprenne le besoin. Mme Nzigire est membre du Bureau diocésain des œuvres médicales (BDOM), une organisation catholique qui place le bien-être de la population au centre de ses travaux, un trait essentiel pour le succès de la promotion en faveur de la planification familiale de BDOM.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Kathy Erb

    Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) | Communications Manager
    A faith leader demonstrating his support for family planning at ICFP 2018.

    A faith leader demonstrating his support for family planning at ICFP 2018. Photo: Kathy Erb

    “If your parents used family planning you would not be here,” a government official said to Mrs. Séraphine Lugwarna Nzigire when she went to advocate for family planning services to reduce the high rate of maternal deaths in her district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She was not deterred. She told him she was not leaving until she explained what was happening in her community so he would understand the need. Mrs. Nzigire is with Bureau Diocesain des Oeuvres Medicale (BDOM), a Catholic organization that puts the wellbeing of the people at the center of its work, a trait that has been crucial to BDOM’s family planning advocacy success.

  • mSTAR Project

    A Project of FHI 360
    mSTAR Project clinic photo

    Stacey Machayo, at OliveLink Healthcare clinic in Sinai (Nairobi) after receiving treatment though M-TIBA for her daughter. Image provided by FHI 360.

    This blog post originally appeared on the website of FHI 360's mSTAR Project.

    Digital financial services provide a way for practitioners to strengthen health programs and improve health outcomes, yet few have recognized their full value. In Kenya, where lack of money prevents two out of five people from seeking treatment, a new digital platform is helping to make healthcare affordable and accessible. Known as M-TIBA, the platform enables users to access health savings accounts and pay for insurance premiums, all at a low cost via the mobile phone. The platform has the potential to offer more in the future, with the M-TIBA team currently working on an emergency loan for medical expenses. More than 1.4 million users have joined M-TIBA, with users and insurance policies growing each day.