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Kubura Sulemana, AIRS Ghana Storekeeper

Ghana: A woman's job means more than a paycheck
Kubura Sulemana is a store keeper for the AIRS project in northern Ghana. People in her community work as farmers or petty traders. Many of them see a woman’s place as in the house, taking care of children. She is proud to be making her own money, which she invests in selling slippers at the local market. Kubura shares how working has impacted her life and her vision for future generations of women in Ghana. Read more.

Country-led innovation
If data are not accurate, we cannot judge the value and impact of public health programs. AIRS staff in Nigeria developed a new tool to help supervisors spot and correct errors in data collection. The Monitoring & Evaluation Error Eliminator tool is being used in 13 African countries to improve the quality of data being collected from indoor residual spraying campaigns. Read more.

Text messages motivate field staff
AIRS hires more than 300 seasonal staff who are dispersed across 15 work sites in Nigeria. Previously, the only way to communicate with staff was essentially a phone tree. But recently, AIRS enrolled seasonal staff in a mass text messaging program to send them reminders, reinforce training, and motivate staff. Read more.
Doctor Zephirin Meya Mpambu

Dr. Zephirin, Angola

As a young physician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dr. Zephirin Meya immigrated to Angola in 1992 to serve as a doctor in an emergency humanitarian assistance program. Currently the Provincial Malaria Program Officer in Cunene, Dr. Zephirin tells us what more is needed to fight malaria in Angola, which causes 35% of deaths among children under 5. Read more.
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