Samson Njolomole began as an HIV+ patient seeking treatment in his home country of Malawi, but soon became involved in service to help other patients like himself. He began as a translator for Partners in Health but has since risen to become a leader in the community as HIV Program Coordinator and subsequently Community Programs Manager for PIH Malawi. His passion and drive have inspired people around the world and mobilized communities in Malawi to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal health issues and much more.
Click on the link below to listen to Samson’s talk as he speaks to the Tufts community.
This year, Tufts’ GlobeMed chapter has committed to raising money to improve the quality of maternal care provided for the people of Achham by the interventions of Nyaya Health. Since pregnancy is a perfectly normal condition in a healthy woman’s life, and many women will give birth at least once in their lifetimes, it makes sense to direct the attention of a medical facility in this direction.
The value of meticulous prenatal and perinatal care is impossible to overstate; an improvement in the monitoring and treatment of expectant mothers lays the groundwork for the raising of healthy children and the development of a healthier society. As a chapter, it is our hope that the improvement in resources generated by our fundraising efforts allows the medical team at Bayalpata Hospital to provide the expectant parents of Achham with the best care possible.
Presently, Nyaya Health provides for the implementation of routine prenatal and delivery services, including tests for anemia and HIV, standard delivery with the assistance of a qualified midwife or physician. There are also provisions for dealing with relatively common peripartum complications such as pre-eclampsia, obstruction of labor, and breech deliveries.
With increased funding, Nyaya Health is looking to increase the number of services available to pregnant women, specifically in the realm of administering preventive care and treating minor complications during delivery. The medical team hopes to further limit maternal mortality and ensure that as many births as possible occur healthfully and without harm to mother or baby.
On Saturday, April 6, Tufts students, parents, and professors joined the GlobeMed staff for a silent auction benefit night. The money raised through the silent auction will be going to our chapter’s partner, Nyaya Health. This organization will use this money, in addition to thefunds we have procured through various other campaigns throughout the year, to construct solar panels in Accham, Nepal.
Also in attendance was Mark Arnoldy, who is the current executive director of Nyaya Health. Drawing on his own firsthand experiences and interactions with the difficulties faced by those working to improve medical care in Nepal, he spoke to the necessity of incorporating the use of solar energy into the operations of Bayalpata Hospital. He described a situation in which the tenuous availability of electricity regularly endangers the lives of otherwise stable patients—a situation which is the reality for untellable number of Nepali patients.
The unfortunate realities of health care in Nepal were brought to the attention of everyone in attendance, but guests were also assured that their time, energy, and other such contributions were endlessly important and appreciated. As a chapter, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to those who supported us, both for this event and previous events. If you are interested in Nyaya Health’s mission, you can learn more about the organization here: https://tuftsglobemed.wordpress.com/our-partner/.
Recently, in an effort to increase visibility and attain more data necessary to continuously improve their standards of care, the Nyaya Health members at Bayalpata Hospital began collecting data specifically focusing on the admittance and treatment of young patients. The hope is that the collection of these facts and figures will allow the organization to progress in its treatment of this especially susceptible population.
While certain challenges arose throughout the process of data entry—a difficult task to accomplish efficiently without computers—the physicians and health assistants pressed on. When keeping paper records was found to be unsuitable, the health assistants at the hospital were given the opportunity to practice using laptops, as they would for data entry in the future, which, fortunately, made the whole process much smoother and more effectual.
These efforts show a cognizance of and sensitivity to the reality of health care procedures not found in many health organizations. The consistent implementation upon evidence-based programs is laudable and will surely contribute to Nyaya Health’s continued success in its ultimate goal: furthering the cause of equity in global health care.
This specific direction for the gathering of data is only the beginning. As Nyaya Health’s director of data and evaluation, Jackie Pierson, wrote in a blog post on her organization’s website, “Future programs and services will be revised based upon the data we gather in this initial phase.”