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URC's World Health Worker Week 2018 Heroes
As we commemorate World Health Worker Week 2018, we want to call attention to a number of our colleagues around the world working to keep their communities healthy. We take pride in the work they do. We think you'll find them inspiring.
Medical Laboratory Technician, SUSTAIN Project, Uganda
Nicknamed the TB Hunter, Hellen has made it her mission to empower local Village Health Team (VHT) workers to screen for TB in the community using an Intensified Case Finding Form developed by the Ministry of Health. VHTs play a key role in ensuring that health services reach the last mile so that communities are not left vulnerable to this treatable disease.
Director of Health Area of Zacapa, USAID ASSIST Project, Guatemala
The first case of Zika in the country was investigated and diagnosed in Zacapa. As head of medical services in Zacapa, Dr. Guerra makes sure that each child with microcephaly is closely monitored and that pregnant women receive psychosocial and family planning counseling.
Country Director, Swaziland, and Director TB, HIV, NCDs and Systems, URC
Dr. Haumba’s pioneering contributions helped form the first ever multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB program in Swaziland to actively manage and follow up MDR TB patients. Thanks to Dr. Haumba and his team, the Swaziland TB program has evolved to be one of the best in the region. A first study on the occurrence of hearing loss in Swaziland led by Dr. Haumba resulted in the establishment of an audiology center for MDR TB patients.
mHealth Officer, USAID TB South Africa Project
Brighton helps community health care workers use the ConnecTB mobile application to provide proper TB treatment management and care. ConnecTB has already assisted more than 2,200 TB patients and care workers in the successful completion of their TB treatment. He has conducted and managed nine geo-mapping exercises to pinpoint TB hotspots and assisted in the planning of targeted interventions in those areas.
Eduardo Alberto Luna
Field Facilitator of Zacapa, USAID ASSIST Project, Guatemala
Eduardo, field facilitator for the ASSIST-Zika project in Zacapa, knows the impact of Zika first-hand – his son was the first confirmed case of Zika in Guatemala. This motivates him to do as much as possible to address the disease, including implementing a range of quality improvement efforts related to the treatment and care of Zika patients. He offers training in each health facility under his supervision and is recognized within the region for his persistence and knowledge of the disease.
Limpopo Provincial Manager, USAID TB South Africa Project
Dolly is a manager, teacher, and communicator who believes in sharing knowledge with her colleagues. Through her leadership, many initiatives operate effectively in the province, including FAST – a quality improvement intervention aimed at preventing the spread of TB in congregate settings. Dolly oversees the implementation of FAST in 28 hospitals in Limpopo.
Bertha Liliana Roche Monzón
Epidemiologist, National Hospital of Amatitlán, Guatemala
Liliana ensures that no potential Zika case falls through the cracks. As the leader of a quality improvement team, Liliana designed a clinical form for screening mothers and Zika complications in newborns. She encourages hospital staff to devote time to their work in Zika, following up on all children with microcephaly and their diagnostic exams. And she insists on following up with all children born in the hospital, even if they are from other regions of the country.
Alice Van Zyl
Western Cape Provincial Manager, USAID TB South Africa Project
Children with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) face long and sometimes lonely recoveries. Alice helps ensure that the Provincial Department of Health is improving the quality of care and TB outcomes in the children’s wards of hospitals where DR-TB patients are treated. How? She has led the Buddy Beat TB initiative to support children during treatment. A Buddy Beat TB comic book tells the story of the disease, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment adherence. Thanks to Alice, children being treated for DR-TB have a buddy to support them.