Recent Grants Awarded

Footwork- the International Podoconiosis Initiative


Footwork- the International Podoconiosis Initiative was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Gondar Podoconiosis Prevention and Treatment Project: Gondar, Ethiopia.

In partnership with the IZUMI Foundation, Footwork will provide treatment and care to 3,000 Gondar Zuria podo patients who have not previously accessed treatment and to prevent new cases through awareness raising and training. Podo morbidity management/treatment includes proper foot care, limb washing, wound care, protective footwear, exercise and elevation. Health education will be given to patients in order to emphasize and promote self-care. Treatment and education will be delivered through polyclinic hubs and in the surrounding health centers.  A training of trainers model (TOT) will be used. About 15,000 family members will be positively impacted indirectly. Footwork will provide patients with treatment supplies such as bandages, foot wash basins, soap, gauze, and lubricants. The health professionals who were trained during the first phase of the project will provide treatment at the health centers.  The already trained health professionals will orient the health extension workers (HEWs) on how to identify and refer podo cases. HEWs will then refer patients with podo to health centers for treatment.  Each patient will be given treatment over the three-month period and the condition of the patients will improve dramatically over this period. There will be periodic review meetings for project staff and district administrative organizations.  In addition, Footwork will establish a sustainable network of podo patient associations for future joint efforts to help tackle the problem at the family and community levels.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the project is to improve the health conditions of the most disadvantaged podoconiosis patients by enhancing access to treatment and prevention interventions.

Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET)


Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) was awarded a two-year, $115,000 grant for the project, Accelerating uptake of the Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies-Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBTTM) in Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay & Migori Counties in Western Kenya.

In Kenya, maternal death rates are highest among the poorest of the poor. This project aims to methodically expand the use of ESM-UBT across every facility that conducts deliveries in Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori county while enhancing sustainability of the program across the counties which are home to one million extremely poor inhabitants. Expansion and sustainability will be achieved by catalyzing local assembly and distribution; accelerating uptake and expanding ESM-UBTTM package; and employing stringent data collection strategies to demonstrate that the device is safe and can effectively prevent injury or death due to PPH.

The first, and very achievable goal with support from the IZUMI Foundation, is to eliminate the number one killer of pregnant women in the four target Counties. This achievement will have enormous positive impact not only for the families and communities across the target region, but additionally serve as an example for other areas across Africa to replicate. Secondly, with support from the IZUMI Foundation KMET will complete a manufacturing and distribution center for the uterine balloon device. Currently, despite overwhelming national and global enthusiasm, uterine balloon devices can only be found in 4% of Kenyan facilities and even less elsewhere on the African continent. In order to expand access to this lifesaving intervention and make it sustainable, an in-country manufacturing and distribution center is critical.

Overall Goal

The overall project goal is to alleviate PPH death and disability by accelerating uptake of KMET/MGH’s Every Second Matters for Mothers and BabiesTM-Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBTTM) in priority counties in Western Kenya.

Komo Learning Centres


Komo Learning Centres  was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the project, NAWEC Maternal and Child Health Action Program in Uganda.

The Nama Wellness Community Centre (NAWEC) Maternal and Child Health Action Program (NMCHAP) will expand NAWEC’s existing programming for mothers and their children, while providing the clinic with an opportunity to develop and implement new services for these vulnerable groups. NMCHAP will include a comprehensive package of services that include ante- and post-natal visits, family planning, dental care, malaria prevention and treatment, cervical cancer screening and treatment, and enhanced diagnostic capacity and treatment for respiratory tract infections (the clinic’s leading diagnosis). NMCHAP will help develop NAWEC into the leading maternal and child health service provider in the area.

Overall Goal

The goal of the NMCHAP will be to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Mukono District by expanding NAWEC’s existing programming for mothers and their children, and providing the clinic with an opportunity to develop and implement new services for these vulnerable groups.

Lwala Community Alliance


Lwala Community Alliance  was awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Thrive thru 5: Reducing Child Mortality in Lwala, Kenya.

Lwala Community Alliance serves a catchment area of 20,000 people in rural North Kamagambo, Kenya. Health indicators in the region are alarming due to poor health infrastructure and high rates of HIV, malaria, child mortality, and maternal mortality. Due to these acute health challenges and the overwhelming success of LCA’s programs in driving up demand for clinical services, Lwala’s has enacted “Thrive thru 5” which aims to cut under-5 mortality to 50% of the county average and sustain this reduction through 2018. Through Thrive thru 5, families with pregnant women and/or children under 5 receive home-based health education through a robust outreach effort led by a team of CHWs; these families are then linked to care and treatment at the Lwala Community Hospital, which now has expanded capacity to serve more patients with higher quality services. Specifically, LCA trains and deploys a team of 80 CHWs to assigned precincts within its catchment area, provides facility-based delivery and essential newborn care, tracks babies throughout the immunization period, treats the leading causes of sickness in children, and provides hospitalizations for children as needed. Thrive thru 5 aims to reach 4,000 (cumulative) households in North Kamagambo, including 2,000 pregnant women and 5,000 children under 5.

Overall Goal

The overall project goal is to reduce and sustain under-5 mortality to 50% of the county average.

Project Concern International


Project Concern International  was awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Hospital to Home: Ensuring Access to Continuum of Care for Pre-Term Birth & Low Birth Weight Newborns in Rural Guatemala.

In the western rural department of Huehuetenango, PTB/LBW newborns are particularly at high risk for complications after discharge from the public hospital, and when they return home they are especially vulnerable if the family is not supported in the care of their small baby. In response to this need, Project Concern International (PCI) proposes the Hospital to Home Project that will focus on: 1) Improving the quality of management and care of the PTB/LBW newborn at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Department Hospital Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Ward and the Casa Materna facilities, and 2) Strengthening community service and referral linkages to support home-based KMC for families with PTB/LBW newborns. To address the need for follow-up care of  mothers  and their newborns discharged from the KMC Ward to the community, PCI will initiate a home-based KMC program in  two target municipalities and will address the barriers, challenges and facilitating factors that hinder or support the KMC mother and her PTB/LBW newborn.  The project will provide hospital and Casa Materna maternal waiting home and post-partum ward staff, and municipality level clinic workers, as well as community traditional birth attendants with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the state-of-the art and quality of care at the KMC Ward, discharge planning and referral to the community, as well as home-based care to ensure the support that is needed for families with PTB/LBW babies.

Overall Goal

The goal of the proposed program will be to improve the quality of care for PTB/ LBW newborns along the continuum from health facilities to the community and household levels in two municipalities in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.