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Donors making a difference: the resilient spirit of women providing and receiving health care

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WHO, with the support of its donors and partners, recognizes women around the world who are receiving and providing essential health care.

From performing vaccinations in remote areas to giving mental health care and advice in areas where it is considered taboo, the women featured in these WHO stories represent pillars of strength and hope in global health care.From Derna, Libya comes a story of Dr Shaftar working to deliver urgent psychiatric help for survivors of the recent flood.

A story of a mother in Ghana being treated for schizophrenia highlights the work of WHO and its partners working to improve access to mental health care services in Ghana.In remote areas of Latin America, healthcare personnel trained in western medicine and traditional midwives are gathering in “knowledge dialogues” to improve coordination and cultivate trust within and outside the technical spaces.We also share stories of women like Salma from South Sudan and Natalia from Ukraine who represent the many people living with noncommunicable diseases in emergency situations when they are forced to leave their homes and the care they depend on.

Stories and videos from Lao PDR and Rwanda show women leaders facilitating WHO’s collaboration with partners to improve access to vaccinations and increase the number of screenings to eliminate viral infections like hepatitis C.Salma’s path to recovery: Dealing with cancer postpartum in a refugee campSalma reflects on the challenges in accessing cancer care and surgery from a refugee camp in Athens. ©WHOWhile pregnant with her first child, Salma and her husband fled the civil war in South Sudan.

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