Intrahealth President and CEO Pape Gaye meets with The Challenge Initiative team during his visit to the Gates Institute on May 30.

On May 30, The Challenge Initiative (the Initiative) was honored to welcome IntraHealth International (IntraHealth) President and CEO Pape Amadou Gaye to its Baltimore headquarters. A native of Senegal, Gaye has spent his career advocating for health systems, universal health care access and human resources for health.

During his visit, Gaye hosted a lunchtime seminar and presented “Family Planning: New Global Results in a Young World” to the students, faculty and staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. IntraHealth is the Initiative’s implementing partner in Francophone West Africa, where it works in all nine Ouagadougou Partnership countries.

Gaye noted the urgency of working together with the Initiative in Francophone West Africa because the region has some of the world’s lowest contraceptive prevalence rates.

“Over the past 40 years, IntraHealth has been committed to improving, expanding and building access to and demand for family planning services. We have led and contributed to multiple global FP projects, and led many country-based family planning programs throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe,” said Gaye.

“In 2017, the nine countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership together prevented 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by bringing modern contraceptives to over 383,000 new users,” Gaye said. “In two years, the partnership has reached 41% of its goal of reaching an additional 2.2 million women between 2016 and 2020.”

IntraHealth works in over 100 countries to ensure health workers are available, accessible and connected to the resources they need to keep communities healthy. In Francophone West Africa, IntraHealth serves as the Initiative’s lead implementing partner, marketing and advocating the Initiative’s “business unusual” approach to city government officials. It also helps local governments design reproductive health programs and provides technical coaching and mentoring for program implementation.