All Field Notes

Real-time Info System Developed to Halt Spread of Ebola

Although the Ebola epidemic that raged in West Africa has largely disappeared from headlines in recent months, it was only a couple of weeks ago that the last country still battling the epidemic, Guinea, was declared Ebola-free, a full two years after the disease started spreading in December 2013. (Photo above: Contact tracers in Conakry attend

MVP Releases New Tools to Help Train Community Health Workers

Community health workers (CHW) – locally hired, community-based cadres quickly trained to deliver preventive and curative health services at the household level – are a critical component of the MVP health system model. The goal of the MVP CHW Program is to significantly reduce child and maternal mortality by delivering life-saving health interventions and creating

How I Have Governed Kaduna in One Month

Below is the Keynote address by Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the first Town Hall meeting of the APC Kaduna State Government, at the Hassan Katsina House, Kawo, Kaduna, on Saturday, 27 June 2015. I welcome you all with humility and gratitude to the very first Town Hall meeting we are hosting as

Mobile Health Tools Help Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Community-based Mobile Health Tools Can Improve Antenatal Care and Postnatal Care Adherence and Foster Efforts around Prevention of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV Researchers find significant changes in health-seeking behavior and make strides to eliminating vertical HIV transmission Vertical transmission of HIV remains a significant challenge in resource-limited settings today. The number of children living with

The Opportunity for Scalable Whole-Class Digital Learning

The teachers and students at Potou Elementary School now have ongoing access to digital resources the whole class can enjoy. The CyberSmart Africa team continues to support them to use digital content – from maps to math – as part of classroom learning. The teachers and students use a large interactive screen so that the

Back to Basics: Tackling Low-Levels of Learning in Chichewa

My work takes me to very different countries each time- Ghana, Nigeria, India, Malawi. These countries are very different in terms of the language spoken, food, culture everything. In the many years that I have been travelling, I have noticed a few common things. Visiting classrooms, we often see a teacher standing in front of

Millennium Villages takes on cognitive science to help children read

Children gather at the village learning center just as the sun dives behind the hills of Mwandama, in southern Malawi. It is winter in the southern hemisphere and the temperature is mellow. About 40 children dressed in rags and looking small for their age nimbly sit on the ground, in front of a small delapidated

Workshop to Improve Literacy in Millennium Villages

In late September, MVP education team members from New York, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya gathered for a workshop hosted by MVP Mwandama in Malawi to share ideas and approaches to teaching children basic literacy. The workshop included local partner organizations also focusing on literacy in the Zomba Rural district, including representatives from Save the

Community-Based Support for Education in Ghana’s Millennium Villages

It takes a village to raise a child… and a child’s school. While education initiatives in the Bonsaaso village cluster in Ghana, are largely led by Millennium Villages Project, several communities are offering their own ways of local support. The most common contribution by the communities is school building construction: classrooms, teachers’ cottages, administrative offices

Going back to the basics: Promoting literacy in Malawi

Global attention is increasingly being drawn to learning levels of students in school, particularly literacy. Students in low income countries often drop out of school early, and leave either illiterate or with very limited reading abilities. For those who do remain in school, they are often found to have very poor reading skills, even in later