IntraHealth International, Inc.
Dedicated to strengthening health workers and the systems that support them, IntraHealth International has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. They bring about positive change by harnessing the potential of technology, valuing the power of partnership, and maintaining a sharp focus on the health worker. To help close the gap in access to health care they have developed and share a depth of expertise in:
- Health workforce and systems strengthening
- Family planning & reproductive health
- Health worker training & performance
- HIV/AIDS & tuberculosis prevention, treatment and care
- eHealth solutions
- Malaria prevention & treatment
- Maternal, newborn & child health
- Gender equality
Founded in 1979 as the Intrah program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, IntraHealth incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2003. They have worked in more than 91 countries throughout their history, and currently have programs in over 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Eurasia. Their work is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., the Tides Foundation, and by individual contributors.
WHAT THEY DO
Strengthening health workers and the systems that support them has been IntraHealth International’s core focus for 30 years. They define “health worker” in the broadest sense of the term: from nurses, midwives, and physicians to community volunteers. Their mission—to mobilize local talent for sustainable and accessible health care—also encompasses all of the individuals who support health workers in their jobs: from educators and software developers to health facility managers, lab technicians, and community leaders.
Their approach to improving health care calls for listening, analyzing, and collaborating with leaders and communities to develop the most effective solutions for a particular environment. Together, they support health workers to succeed, improve policies and systems for a strong workforce, and extend health services to meet communities’ needs. They bring the clinical and public health expertise needed to meet the specific health and social challenges everywhere they work.
Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Paying special attention to the needs of more vulnerable groups, including adolescents and women with HIV/AIDS, IntraHealth works to improve reproductive health for all women.
IntraHealth is committed to promoting gender equality as an integral part of their work, recognizing that if gender-based disparities and inequalities are not addressed they may undermine the achievement of health care program, service delivery, and development goals. They therefore collaborate with partners, clients, policy-makers, and national organizations to develop appropriate strategies to eliminate gender-based discrimination, gender-based violence, and gender-based barriers to the accessibility, use, and quality of health care.
Health Worker Training and Performance
The education, training, and support of health workers directly correspond to the quality of services and care they are able to provide to the individuals and communities they serve. IntraHealth is a leader in building local talent to develop and implement effective learning and performance strategies for health workers.
IntraHealth develops malaria prevention and treatment programs to reach the most vulnerable populations: pregnant women, young children, and people living with HIV.
In 2008, IntraHealth’s CEO Pape Gaye joined over 100 representatives of national governments, universities, charitable foundations, and development organizations to create the Bellagio eHealth Call to Action. This seminal document calls upon the world’s leaders and development partners to “accelerate achievement of better health for all in the 21st century…through interoperable, person-centered, evidence-based, and sustainable eHealth systems. Ultimately, these efforts will contribute to more equitable health care and improve the well-being of all the world’s citizens.”
HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis
IntraHealth collaborates with health care leaders, health workers, and communities to increase access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care services.
Health Workforce and Systems Strengthening
Increasing access to basic health care—and responding to critical problems like HIV/AIDS and malaria—relies on having well-trained and supported health workers providing services where they are most needed. Yet shortages and poor distribution of health workers pose serious challenges in many developing countries. IntraHealth is a leader in mobilizing local talent to respond to these challenges at every level of the health care continuum—from the systems that educate and support health workers to the health providers themselves and the communities they serve.
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
IntraHealth is a leader in developing and implementing innovative, effective strategies to save women’s and children’s lives.
IntraHealth OPEN is an initiative aimed at building technological fluency and local innovation in open source systems for health in Africa.See more