Tara Loyd is the executive director of PIVOT. She has lived and worked in Lesotho, Malawi, and Madagascar with Peace Corps, Partners in Health, and PIVOT across the past 21 years.
In this interview, Tara has an open chat with our host Anubha Rawat about her life’s work in providing dignified and equitable health to all. Tara describes the inspiration she took from Paul Farmer, a giant in global public health and what life is like in Madagascar, not only for her, but for women who are seeking healthcare.
As the first employee of PIVOT, which is a global health organisations partnering with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health, Tara has built the team that now consists of over 200 staff. It was early in 2020 that Tara recognised that the way they’d been doing things - they was she’d been doing it - ran contrary to PIVOT’s mission. With newfound knowledge of the importance of decolonising global health, Tara made some big decisions to shift the organisation’s centre of gravity to where it belongs: in Madagascar.
PIVOT is a global health organisation partnering with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health to transform Ifanadiana district into a model of universal health coverage for the country. Since 2014, PIVOT has supported more than 600,000 patient visits to the public health centres and hospitals which they work to strengthen through adequate staffing, dignified spaces for service delivery, and a robust supply chain. PIVOT is part of the Community Health Impact Coalition, working to establish fair wages and adequate support for community health workers nationwide. They work in a district that contains the World Heritage Site, Ranomafana National Park, and collaborate closely with the local partners who founded it.
Community Health Impact Coalition: https://chwimpact.org/
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Tara’s article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, ‘Moving Closer to the Problem and Closer to the Solution’
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