For effective health care, the development community needs to work together, think strategically and learn to do follow-ups.
These are things Melinda Gates wishes donors, aid agencies and nongovernmental organizations to adopt in addressing health needs of the poorest communities, especially women and children. She learned these from Tsion Berhanu, who she met in Ethiopia.
The woman, Gates recalls in an opinion piece for Politico, provided contraceptives for those who asked for it, prenatal care when they got pregnant, nutrition advice for their newborns and immunization for their children. If she could, she also treated them when they are sick, referred them to hospitals and taught them how to “store clean water and build sanitary pit latrines.”
Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said the development community has more resources than Berhanu. If one woman can do it, then the global health community could too.
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