Recent Grants Awarded

Global Healing

Honduras

Global Healing was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the project, Caring for Children and Mothers in Roatán, Honduras.

The proposed project will support the Bay Islands region of Honduras, consisting of the islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja. This two year project will address three key medical needs in this population: access to pediatric outpatient care, rates of exclusive breastfeeding, and standards of care within the Roatán Public Hospital. The Roatán Volunteer Pediatric Clinic is the only free pediatric outpatient clinic in the Bay Islands. Support from the IZUMI Foundation will allow Global Healing to expand the ongoing work of this clinic, increase the number of U.S. Resident and attending pediatricians able to work there, and provide training opportunities for local pediatricians and Social Service doctors.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of this project is to improve healthcare in Roatán through expanding access to free primary care for infants and children and by education of both parents and health care providers.

The Ihangane Project

Rwanda

The Ihangane Project was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the project, Empowering Health Care Workers through Data Quality in Rwanda.

The Ihangane Project and health care workers in the catchment area of Ruli District Hospital have co-designed a point-of-care digital health record that will allow health care workers who provide care across the spectrum of perinatal care, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, and infant care to enter individual data, to track both individual and family results over time and allow for aggregation of data to analyze community-level trends. The system will automatically make complicated calculations to improve accuracy and display aggregated charts and graphs of the health center so each facility can understand the health of their patients.

The Ihangane Project’s partnerships at all levels of the health care delivery system, from health care recipients and frontline health workers to the Ministry of Health, will ensure an integrated and relevant system that leads to durable improvement in health outcomes.

Overall Goal

The primary goal is to create a low-cost, quality-driven, health care worker-centered digital health record to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies that is designed for replication throughout East Africa.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Family Treatment Fund

Uganda

Massachusetts General Hospital, Family Treatment Fund (FTF) was awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Improved Pediatric Inpatient Morbidity and Mortality in Rural Uganda (Phase IV).

The children on the paediatrics ward at Mbarara University Teaching Hospital and the communities of Isingiro district will be the primary beneficiaries of the IZUMI Foundation’s support. The project will maintain the supply of essential medicines and medical supplies to sick inpatient children who cannot otherwise access them. Because of the disproportionately high rates of mortality in newborns, FTF will continue to focus on improving the monitoring and care provided for them. FTF hopes to maintain the services of two night shift neonatal nurses and extend improved nursing care to other critically ill children in the ward, and plans to install a power back-up system to run newborn care equipment and provide warmth to premature infants in periods of prolonged electricity black-outs from the national power grid. FTF will also maintain administrative support for inpatient morbidity and mortality monitoring and data management. Such monitoring will help identify deficiencies in care delivery and efficiently allocate support where it is most urgently needed.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of this project is to reduce paediatric morbidity and mortality in southwestern Uganda by maintaining and expanding activities that have been supported by previous grants.

WEEMA International

Ethiopia

WEEMA International was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Empowering Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia: Addressing Under-5 Child Mortality with Clinical Support Tools.

Malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia remain top causes of under-5 child mortality in low-income countries. To address this problem, an evidence-based algorithm known as Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) was designed by the World Health Organization and others in order to help community health workers treat sick children. iCCM saves lives if followed consistently and appropriately, but real-life barriers affect its use and impact. WEEMA International and D-Tree International are collaborating to develop and implement a mobile iCCM tool to empower Health Extension Workers (HEWs) in Ethiopia. This clinical support tool will be designed for the Ethiopian context and function on an affordable smartphone-based platform. During this 3-year program, WEEMA will develop the iCCM application, train 80 HEWs and their supervisors, and collect robust data. Outcomes will include improved clinical care, better support and supervision of HEWs, and reductions in preventable child deaths.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the project is to reduce under-5 child mortality through clinically-based mobile technology support tools designed to empower the Ethiopian Health Extension Worker.