Recent Grants Awarded

Care 2 Communities

Newton Center, MA

 

Care 2 Communities (C2C) was awarded a two-year, $50,900 grant for the program, A Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Namibia. C2C, in partnership with the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services, operates a maternal and child health care clinic fabricated from repurposed shipping containers and providing comprehensive services, including clinical, pharmacy and health education/outreach.  C2C provides annual operating assistance to support health education programming and staff training, facilities maintenance, specialty programs (e.g., ultrasound), and clinic management.  This partnership has increased access to high-quality primary health care and serves as a pilot for the NMoHSS as a replicable, scalable solution for building much-needed national capacity in maternal and child health.

 Overall Goal

The goal for C2C’s Erongo clinic is to support the efforts of the NMoHSS to reduce maternal and infant mortality.  The specific objectives to achieve this goal are to:

  •  Operate a maternal and child health care clinic to provide high-quality services to 5,000 to 7,000 under-served women and children each year;
  • Provide more than 100 health education sessions each year, touching more than 1,000 women and families in the DRC community;
  • Increase coverage for women and girls of child-bearing age and children under 5 years old;
  • Increase the number of safe births in the Erongo Region;
  • Improve and strengthen the functioning and capacity of the Erongo region health system.

Esperanca

Phoenix, AZ

 

Esperanca was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the program, Reducing Vectoral Transmission of Chagas in the Tarijean Chaco, Bolivia. The project is located in the municipalities of Yacuiba, Villa Montes, and Caraparí in the department of Tarija, Bolivia, where climate conditions and lifestyle favor the reproduction of the vector responsible for Chagas. These municipalities have some of the highest endemic rates of the vector in the country (18%-38% infestation rates in homes). The project will last for 24 months and benefit more than 156,000 people directly and indirectly.  The goals of the project build upon the achievements of the first project funded by IZUMI. A key component of this project is the scientific research necessary to combat the vector’s recent adaptations.  The behaviors and genetic variations of the vector will be studied to determine the factors that may be interfering with the control of Chagas in the region. The results of this research will be used to direct and modify local efforts to combat the vector to make them more effective. All of the techniques developed will be transferred to other regions of the Chaco Boreal in Bolivia and to neighboring countries to prevent re-infestation.

 Overall Goal

The project goal is to contribute to the improvement of health and the quality of life of the Chaco population by reducing the vector-borne transmission of Chagas.

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

 

Northeastern University Integrated Initiative for Global Health was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, An Integrated Community Interventional-Evaluative Model for Neglected Tropical Diseases in East Pokot District, Kenya. The proposed project will be conducted in East Pokot District, Baringo County that has a population of a little over 133,000 in an area of 4,524.8 sq km. The funds will be directed towards reducing the high burden of NTDs primarily Kala-azar and facilitate the building of a platform for inter-community engagement on issues of public health and social determinants of health in three locales. This includes Nginyang administrative division (Kositei, Chesakam and Seretion) composing 2,740 households (7,890 population). The project seeks to provide health system and community support by adapting to the interface between services and community by using community health workers (CHWs) to anchor the inter-linkages. The ultimate goal is to foster community partnerships to tackle key drivers of disease transmission. The implementation will be carried out in partnership with the District Health Management Team and the community. Due to population mobility, target locus will be health centers, schools, markets and water points. The district government administrative headquarters, Chemolingot, will serve as the nerve center for the proposed activities.

Overall Goal

The primary goal of the intervention is to reduce the high morbidity of Kala-azar and other NTDs (trachoma and STH) and to build strategies for community engagement in tackling these diseases in East Pokot, Kenya.

Sightsavers

Boston, MA

 

Sightsavers was awarded a two-year, $348,000 grant for the program, Elimination of Blinding Trachoma in Mali, 2014 and 2015. Sightsavers is working to assist the Government of Mali achieve the elimination of blinding trachoma by 2015. The project will focus on addressing the backlog of trachomatous trichiasis (TT) cases – a condition where eyelashes turn inwards and rub on the eyeball, requiring urgent surgery to prevent blindness. The project will target 20 districts over five regions in Mali, in partnership with the National Blindness Prevention Programme (part of the Ministry of Health), and INGO partners The Carter Centre and Helen Keller International. Between March 2014 – February 2016, Sightsavers will work to screen 50% of the target population for TT and provide 8,500 TT surgeries. The program will support activities including sub-district surveys to determine the prevalence of TT, training and ongoing support of TT surgeons, surgical outreach using motorcycles and other vehicles to provide services to remote communities, as well as an innovative mobile health pilot where cell phones will be used to transmit data from the field via text message to a central database to measure impact.

 Overall Goal

The project goal is to contribute to the elimination of blinding trachoma in Mali by reducing the trachomatous trichiasis (TT) surgical backlog to such a level that it is no longer a public health concern by 2015.