Originally posted on Crosscut
As a mom who spends most of her waking hours thinking about how to improve health around the world, I’ve never thought twice about whether I vaccinate my son. I know that not all of my neighbors in the Seattle area feel this way, but the decision for me is rational. Vaccines are safe, they prevent disease, and they are relatively low cost and easy to obtain.
It may be easier when, in my work with a nonprofit dealing with health systems in Africa, we are reminded constantly that deaths of children under 5 have…
We improve the productivity and capacity of health workers, so they can deliver quality care.
We improve the availability of vaccines, medicines, and supplies at the last mile, so that people have access to the treatment they need.
We integrate data driven decision-making at all levels of the health system, because smart decisions lead to improved health.