The Clock is Ticking: How to End TB by 2022

Although the world has made unprecedented gains in combating tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, access, quality and equity in TB care remain a big challenge. The added burden of COVID-19 is threatening to reverse these gains. Early on, lockdown and movement restrictions led to a decline in clinic visits due to fear of contracting COVID-19.…

Assessing the Community-Based Workforce Helps Optimize HIV Programs

This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated human resources for health challenges around the world and heightened the need for a well-prepared, well-supported workforce to not only respond to the pandemic but to also maintain essential services including those for HIV. Community-based…

Dr. Baz Semo

Dr. Baz Semo is a medical doctor and public health specialist with 30 years of experience in infectious diseases and health systems strengthening. She serves as the managing director of global health programs at Chemonics. Prior to Chemonics, Baz worked for ministries of health in several African countries, U.S. academic institutions, U.S. nonprofits, and the…

Benin’s Young Logisticians Professional Program

To address the challenges associated with retaining trained and qualified health systems staff in Benin, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order (GHSC-TA Francophone TO) project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), launched the Young Logistician Professionals Program (YLPP) in 2018. YLPP recruits and trains young professionals to manage and…

News: USAID Awards “Digis” to Two Projects Implemented by Chemonics

The USAID Awards for Digital Development (“the Digis”) recognize projects and activities that apply digital technologies and data-driven approaches to meet development objectives. In 2020, projects implemented by Chemonics earned two of the five Digis USAID awarded from a pool of 140 applications. Among this year’s winners, the Pakistan Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA)…

Data Collection by Phone: The South Sudan Call Center

South Sudan became an independent nation in 2011. However, decades of conflict before and after independence make this country one of the most unstable and challenging environments supported by the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Delivering life-saving health commodities outside of the capital of Juba to ensure people get…

Beyond PPE: Protecting the Health Workforce during Crises

It has been more than five months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and it continues to ravage communities, countries, and health systems with no end in sight. Health workers on the front lines are physically exhausted, emotionally drained, completely under resourced, and in desperate need of sustained support. While this pandemic is…

The Next Pandemic: Three Ways to Prepare

This post originally appeared on the USGLC blog on July 8, 2020. Despite the multiple mechanisms that exist to respond to infectious disease threats, including the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), only 11 percent of countries have plans to dispense medical countermeasures during health emergencies and 27 percent have an updated…

Joining the Global Effort to Prevent, Detect, and Treat Malaria

  Over the last 20 years, global efforts have dramatically reduced the malaria burden thanks to innovative partnerships and sustained funding to scale-up effective interventions and use better data for decision-making. More countries are closer than ever to elimination. But there is still work to be done, especially as new public health threats such as…