The American Public Health Association meeting and exposition starts this Saturday, October 27 and runs through October 31, 2012. Attracting more than 13,000 people, this conference is one of the oldest and largest gatherings of health professionals in the world.
Members from the Ethiopia Assistance to Health Systems Expansion (AHSE), the Zambia Communications Support for Health (CSH), and Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program (SSFP) projects will present their innovative approaches to working in international health:
- The AHSE team will present twice at the conference. The team will first discuss their work to improve health facility waste management practices which account for nearly 60 to 80 percent of infectious disease cases in Ethiopia. Their second presentation will be on their efforts to conduct baseline surveys across five regions of Ethiopia in order to assess the effectiveness of the country’s hospitals and health centers.
- The Zambia CSH team is collaborating with Chemonics partner Samantha Herrera of ICF International to present on maternal and child health. Ms. Herrera will share insights from a 2011 study conducted in Zambia which interviewed 48 women, fathers, and healthcare providers on the factors that prevent women from receiving proper antenatal and postnatal care. Zambia CSH will also host a poster presentation that discusses the findings from one of their qualitative studies that assessed barriers to malaria prevention and control, as well as healthy infant-feeding practices among pregnant women and mothers of children under five.
- On behalf of the SSFP team, field expert Dr. Arefin Islam will discuss their successful application of “mystery shoppers,” or pseudo-patients, in establishing baseline studies of the quality of clinics across 64 districts in Bangladesh. These studies were an integral step in implementing a quality assurance model for SSFP and helped the project implement and improve the delivery of reproductive health services and primary care clinic services.
To learn more about the presentations and topics at this year’s conference, please visit the APHA website.