Congratulations to our November 2017 Partners!
Amani Global Works
Democratic Republic of Congo
Amani Global Works was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the project, Training Community Health Workers to Reduce STH and Maternal Mortality on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The project will work in Idjwi Island, located in Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where residents suffer from a variety of diseases that are preventable with low cost public health measures. Amani Global Works currently has a network of 500 community health workers, brought together to help implement a deworming campaign to fight parasites, but who are as of yet untrained in most of the skills needed to address malaria, malnutrition, and facilitate the delivery of pre- and post-natal care and delivery by skilled birth attendants.
Amani Global Works will implement a two-year program to adapt existing CHW training curricula to Idjwi; hire and fully train 35 new CHWs in areas not yet covered; and begin delivery of this training model to the full network of CHWs. The organization will carefully monitor and evaluate the training process and success of the new cohort of CHWs, both to improve the training process and to estimate its impact on health outcomes in the five groups of villages the new CHWs will serve.
The goal of the project is to provide comprehensive training for 35 new community health workers in five catchments (administrative groups made up of small groups of villages) in northern Idjwi with the initial goal of reducing very high rates of infant and maternal mortality. A future goal is to expand this training to the existing network of 500 community health workers throughout Idjwi.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) was awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Homestead Agriculture and Nutrition Project.
The Homestead Agriculture and Nutrition (HANU) project has been successfully evaluating the effects of integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions among rural households in Tanzania. The current project will evaluate outcomes after one year of intervention implementation, and will extend and enhance the HANU project. Extending the study to evaluate outcomes three years post-intervention initiation will allow for more robust evidence on dietary diversity and health behaviors, as well as the addition of nutritional and developmental outcomes including women’s and children’s anemia status and growth, and Early Childhood Development (ECD) indicators.
In the second phase of the project, HSPS will also assess lessons learned in the first phase and enhance the intervention design accordingly. This will include improvements to current activities and the addition of new modules toward improving women’s and children’s nutrition and health. The additional time period will also allow for more rigorous monitoring of the intervention to determine the specific ways that HANU is creating change along the three primary pathways: food consumption, income generation, and women’s empowerment. New evidence on mechanisms of change and nutritional and health outcomes will help to ensure the sustainability of HANU in the study area and to strengthen the potential for scale up.
The goal of the HANU project is to improve the nutrition and health of families in rural Tanzania through integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions that aims to increase crop and dietary diversity at the household level. HSPH will continue and enhance the HANU project in Rufiji, Tanzania, to determine the interventions longer term impacts on dietary diversity and women’s and children’s nutrition.
Health and Development International
Health and Development International (HDI) was awarded a two-year, $190,000 grant for the project, Expanding and Reinforcing Obstetric Fistula and Maternal Mortality Prevention in Niger.
The project aims to rapidly prevent obstetric fistula while also preventing maternal mortality in areas where obstetric fistula is sporadically distributed across large areas or a whole country, using even less resources per person in the population than in HDI’s successful Community-Based Obstetric Fistula Prevention approach. With support of IZUMI Foundation and others, the Community-Based Project expanded to serve 327,000 people, mostly subsistence farmers and nomads, across almost 9,000 sq. km. of sahelian terrain.
The system the project will test across Tahoua Region rests on four key components: social mobilization and advocacy, community participation through small “watch committees,” health care improvement in maternal and child referral hospitals through Quality Assurance Committees, and impact measurement through quarterly reporting and data sharing.
The project goal is to rapidly prevent obstetric fistula, save women’s and babies’ lives, and protect women’s dignity using methods from successful disease eradication programs.
Sanergy was awarded a two-year, $130,000 grant for the project, Providing Safe and Hygienic Sanitation for Children in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements, Kenya.
Sanergy will provide hygienic sanitation in up to 10 schools and in 20 residential plots over 2 years in the Mukuru and Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy will serve approximately 6,000 children, the most vulnerable demographic to sanitation-related disease. Activities include the identification of schools through a land review process to approve the installation site and most appropriate financing products; the construction and installation of Fresh Life Toilets in schools; the implementation of hygiene promotion in schools; the installation of Fresh Life Toilets in residential plots; and the regular collection and treatment of the waste from the FLTs.
With this project, Sanergy will continue to expand its reach into schools, as well as its reach into homes, ensuring waste is removed from these areas of communities where children spend most of their time.
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation (SBHF) was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Strengthening an Integrated Model of Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health in Haiti.
The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation aims to continue providing reliable and affordable maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) services through the St. Boniface Hospital and its satellite Villa Clinic in southern Haiti. The project will contribute to a vital scaling-up of an integrated MNCH service delivery model. The focus areas of this model will ensure that clinicians have the supplies and equipment needed to deliver high quality care; support will be provided to grow new hospital-based programs including family planning, and utilize data, and cervical cancer screening and treatment services; and high impact community health strategies including water, sanitation, and hygiene activities and curative nutrition activities will be strengthened. These services will be available to the aforementioned immediate and indirect catchment area (approximately 350,000 people) as well as to people from around southern Haiti.
The goal of the project is to ensure access to high quality MNCH services by expanding an integrated service model which builds on current successful interventions to further strengthen a replicable model of maternal, neonatal, and child health care.