Health Partnership Voices

  • Fathimath Himya, Senior Program Officer, Maldivian Red Crescent

    The initiative did not come from the headquarters; it came from the communities itself. So we saw in some communities they promoted physical activity and they were promoting healthy diet. 

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  • Ignacio, Juvenile Arthritis Patient, Argentina

    When I was four years old, I was diagnosed with arthritis. What bothered me about the disease was the pain and the fever. Sometimes I felt sad, because I couldn’t play with my friends. 

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  • Fidelis Cho-Ngwa, Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Buea, Cameroon

    This is the type of “filaria” that blinds people and it is a highly debilitating disease that weakens people. It’s a disease that does not kill its patients acutely—directly—but it kills somehow. Because if average life expectancy is reduced by 15 years for the infected comparatively, then you see it as a killer. 

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  • Phum, Health Worker, Kandal Province Cambodia

    An infected person who is aware of being sick, but who doesn’t know about leprosy, often ignores and hides it. We can’t help this person. We need to change the community mentality, and bring solidarity. 

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  • Angela Malik, Director, Kondwa Orphanage

    At the center we tell them that they are children. Let them behave like children. There are people, adults, who can care for them, who love them. Whatever dreams they had with their parents, those dreams should not die now. 

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  • Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver

    Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, but it makes enormous economic sense. 

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  • Jean-Claude Mbanya, President, International Diabetes Foundation

    Partnership is the key and we have all over the world people who have sacrificed time, money and everything to ensure that no child dies because they have Type 1 diabetes.

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  • Dawi Denku, Patient, Ethiopia

    I couldn't see. My eyes were crying all the time. For ten years I was not able to take care of my home and grandchildren. Since my surgery 9 months ago I'm releived and in a hurry to go to the market  - doing the daily work I used to do.

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  • Beneficiary of Diabetes at School Program, Turkey

    When I start feeling bad, I wish someone would notice and know what to do. I wish the people around would understand me better and help me. 

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  • Suraj, Young Health Program Peer Educator, India

    The program has provided training to many other adolescents like me who can go into their communities and provide some solutions to their problems.

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  • Chen Lee, MDR-TB Survivor, China

    I think the disease is kind of a trial for me. I am looking forward to a brand-new life more than ever before, to face up to the difficulties optimistically and proactively. Hardship cannot beat me as long as I deal with things with an upbeat attitude.

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  • Denise Horato, Roche Brazil

    I could assess the impact this has for the children and their families. Our contribution to them is important so please continue with this good initiative, I am very proud of this.

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  • Jim Barrington, SMS For Life

    We said, if we could develop a way where you could see, every week, the exact stock level of medicine in all of your health facilities –would that help solve the problem? 

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  • Joao da Silva, Open Lab Scientist, North Eastern University

    We take advantage of the knowledge existing here, and we have everything condensed in the same space. We have the chemists, the biochemists, the biologists; we have the support from all the departments.

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  • Madine Nakanjako, Wife of HIV+ Patient, Uganda

    My husband was HIV positive; I was not. I told my husband, “They said you must not have sex with me without a condom.” And he said, “If I didn’t infect you in all those years we’ve been together, it means I can’t infect you now.” Then he asked me, “Do you really love me?” I said, “I love you, but I also want to live.” We fought for two months, until he convinced me like a man does.

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  • David Reddy, Chief Executive Officer, Medicines for Malaria Venture

    MMV's role is to meet unmet medical needs in malaria by discovering new medicinces for malaria. In the last five years we have been successful in bringing four new medicines to market. One for children, one for severe malaria and two new gold standard treatments.

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  • Hernando Caseria Jr., Nurse, Lung Center of the Philippines

    I had a patient who for five months remained positive for TB. When I told him that he was negative, I saw the joy in his eyes… When this happens, other patients notice and they will applaud as the patient goes to the tent for the negatives. They will give the patient a standing ovation. 

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  • Raquel Gutierrez, Mother, Nicaragua

    It’s a horrible disease, very painful for them. I was torn to see her like that. I suffered a lot from seeing her like that and she has died because of this disease. I saw so many mothers suffering because of this illness… kids struggling to get better. Having the vaccine now, many mothers will stop suffering. We will feel better.

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  • Bob Einterz , Executive Director, AMPATH Consortium

    What we’re attempting to do with home-based testing is to find every individual infected with HIV, link them into a care system—the AMPATH care system, start them on therapy and then retain them in care.   

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  • Cheinabih, Mother of woman with schizophrenia, Mauritania

    Now that she is doing better, I feel less stressed than before. I used to watch over her night after night. It exhausted me. 

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  • Olga Popova, Director Government Affairs , Johnson & Johnson’s Crucell

    The strength of partnerships and collaboration has to be at the highest speed possible; this is something that we have never lived through before.  

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  • Crystelle Telus, Quality Control Technician, Nourimanba Facility

    Not only am I learning, personally. But I love what I do because it has a social impact.  

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  • Robert D. Newman, Director, Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization

    If you look at the countries with the highest malaria burden and you look at the places where people are living on less than 1.25 dollars a day those countries are related. Malaria is both a contributor to keeping countries in poverty and poor countreis are less able to fight malaria. We are at this juncture where we either keep accelerating forward or we risk being swept backwards.

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  • Florence Ngobeni, Mother and HIV Trainer, Organizations fighting against HIV/AIDS

    I have HIV/AIDS and I was devastated when I lost my daughter to AIDS. Thanks to EGPAF, I felt confident to become pregnant again, sure that I was going to have an HIV-negative child.

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