Congratulations to our June 2018 Partners!

 

Himalayan Cataract Project

Ethiopia

Himalayan Cataract Project was awarded a two-year, $115,000 grant for the project, Implementing TT+ in Ethiopia.

This project aims to develop and implement an integrated approach to diagnosing and treating ophthalmic causes of blindness in Ethiopia: primarily cataracts and trachoma. Through this project, ophthalmic outreach campaigns will be organized by two of the most experienced of HCP’s 18 implementing partners in Ethiopia. With clinical oversight provided by HCP, experienced cataract outreach teams will be trained to diagnose TT and integrate TT treatment both during screening and surgical outreach under a process informally referred to as Trachoma Trichiasis (surgery) plus cataract surgery, or “TT+”. This TT+ approach has already been tested and proven successful at two different community outreach sites in the Oromiya Region of Ethiopia. With this project, the TT+ approach will be expanded in the Tigray Region in the north and Southern National Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) in the southwest of Ethiopia through 20 ophthalmic outreach campaigns starting in July 2018 and continuing through June 2020.

Overall Goal

The goal of the project is to reduce blindness in Ethiopia by implementing an integrated approach to screening and treating the two most common causes of blindness in the country: cataracts and Trachoma Trichiasis.

Northeastern University

Kenya

Northeastern University was awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Visceral Leishmaniasis in East Pokot District, Kenya: An Integrated Community Interventional-Evaluative Model for Neglected Diseases (2018-2020)

This project will continue and build on the IZUMI-funded interventions to control leishmaniasis disease in East Pokot by focusing on three areas of work with five specific objectives during Phase III, 2018-2020:

Three areas of work:

  • Make treatment more accessible to the patients by enabling Chemolingot Sub-County Hospital to fully provide the full-range of diagnosis and treatment
  • Identify, diagnose and link to treatment patients in far-flung villages
  • Sustain effective field surveillance and health education for prevention

Specific objectives:

  • Upgrade the health facility infrastructure (laboratory, ward and supplies) at Chemolingot Hospital and satellite facilities, and training of clinicians
  • Map high risk hotspots through continued, scaled-up bi-annual active-case finding through integrated mobile clinics
  • Sustain field surveillance and health education for prevention and improved environments and health-seeking behavior change
  • Construct a modest conferencing and multi-purpose utility hall for stakeholder meetings and trainings to comprise a community VL-NTDs resource center
  • Promote best practices for M&E to measure impact, communicate data for decision-making and to show how this IZUMI project model works

Overall Goal

The goal of the project is to continue and build on the IZUMI-funded interventions over the past four years to control visceral leishmaniasis through disease case-management, prevention and surveillance by strengthening the service infrastructure at Chemolingot Sub-County Hospital and linked health facilities and in the field in East Pokot during Phase III, 2018-2020.

Nurture Africa

Uganda

Nurture Africa was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Decreasing Maternal and Child Mortality by Improving SRH and MCH Care in Communities in Wakiso District, Uganda

This project aims to decrease maternal and child mortality of communities in Wakiso district, Uganda, by expansion and improvement of maternal and child health (MCH) care and sexual reproductive health (SRH) services. Wakiso district has a population of over two million with a poverty rate of 30%, a fertility rate of 5.4%, a child mortality of 22 per 1000 live births and a maternal mortality rate of 3.36 per 1000 live births. Within this population Nurture Africa’s activities focus on the peri-urban, low-literate, poor and marginalized (HIV infected) women and youths of reproductive age. During the two years of this project, the SRH and MCH services of Nurture Africa will be expanded and improved. Women and youth will be educated on SRH and MCH, and family planning methods will be made accessible to them. Pregnant women will be provided with comprehensive and high quality antenatal care, delivery care and post-natal care, in the facility as well as during outreaches. At risk women and babies will be referred to more specialized facilities for childbirth. HIV counseling and testing will be offered, and HIV positive (pregnant) women will be linked to ARV’s and e-MTCT. As part of PNC, cervical and breast cancer screening will be offered to mothers and newborns will be immunized.

Overall Goal

The goal of the project is to decrease maternal and child mortality in the communities of Wakiso District, Uganda, by expansion and improvement of maternal and child health care and sexual reproductive health services.