Recent Grants Awarded

Partners In Health (PIH)

Boston, MA

Partners in Health (PIH) was awarded $303,000 over two years for, Phase 2: Maternal and Child Health Services in Eastern Rwanda. As a renewal of a previous grant, this project will continue to strengthen maternal and child health programs in two districts of eastern Rwanda in order to enable PIH’s local partner IMB to sustain the lives and health of thousands of mothers and children. The main project activities include providing comprehensive maternal health services, including pre-natal, labor and delivery, post-partum care and emergency obstetrical care; providing comprehensive pediatric care, including treatment of acute and chronic conditions such as HIV, malaria, and malnutrition; operating programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV; bolstering community-based women’s health and family planning education and outreach.

Overall Goal
The overall goal of this project is to strengthen the quality of maternal and child health services at PIH’s 21 clinical sites in eastern Rwanda in order to decrease maternal mortality and improve child survival in this catchment area of 425,000.

AMREF

New York, NY

AMREF was awarded $153,000 over two years for a project entitled, Supporting Improvement of Quality of Health Laboratory Services in East Africa through Participation in External Quality Assessment (EQA) under the East African Regional Quality Assessment Scheme (EA-REQAS). This project will improve the quality of peripheral healthcare services delivery in the countries of East Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania (Mainland, Zanzibar), Uganda and Burundi through External Quality Assessment of laboratory services. Peripheral health facilities serve most communities in East Africa, but they remain grossly unsupported and underfunded, and the quality of laboratory services has been poor. Consequently, clinicians often distrust laboratory results and either do not order tests or do not base their diagnoses upon them. External quality assurance testing is one way of maintaining a high standard of laboratory work. The current grant will be a continuation of an earlier project funded by the Izumi Foundation and through this grant AMREF will continue to: coordinate the preparation and provide quality control and validation of standard materials produced by all reference laboratories; prepare questionnaires, answer sheets, and marking keys; receive materials and distributing packages to national or zonal centers; receive, mark, and analyze results; provide advice and guidance for remedial action to individual laboratories and their supervisors at the next level of health care; provide educational materials to participating facilities; and provide summary reports on laboratory performance, including recommendations for policy change to Ministries of Health.

Overall Goal
The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality of healthcare services delivery at peripheral level in the countries of East Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania (Mainland, Zanzibar), Uganda and Burundi through External Quality Assessment of laboratory services.

IMA World Health

New Windsor, MD

IMA World Health was awarded $152,492 over two years to carry out the project, Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Tanzania. The project aims to prevent and control cervical cancer in the Mara region of Tanzania through a strategy that combines education and awareness with expanded screening, early diagnosis and treatment of precancerous lesions. The project will rely on the following national strategies: Developing Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to be used at the national level for all stakeholders and also at the community level in Mara; Cervical Cancer screening and pre-cancer treatment; Improved screening and treatment though appropriate cost-effective and technologically appropriate process using the Single Visit Approach (SVA). Specifically, at the Hospital level staff will be trained in screening techniques using the visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) approach. Women with positive results will be counseled and provided Cryotherapy treatment or the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) on the same day dependent upon diagnosis. At the community level IMA will work with established groups to incorporate appropriate cervical cancer messaging into activities and/or class work.

Overall Goal
The overall goal of the project is to improve appropriate and quality cervical cancer care and treatment services in the Rorya District of the Mara region that complies and supports the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s (MOHSW) draft Strategic Plan for National Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control.

The CDC Foundation

Atlanta, GA

The CDC Foundation has been awarded $152,000 for the two-year project, Lymphatic Filariasis Morbidity Control in Mali. This project intends to reduce disability and improve the quality of life of those suffering from chronic complications of lymphatic filariasis. The CDC has developed and successfully piloted a national program to train health workers and patients in the management of lymphedema from chronic lymphatic filariasis to improve patient quality of life. CDC and the CDC Foundation will assist the Ministry of Health in replicating this successful program during a proposed two-year project in Mali. Health staff at each health facility in Mali will receive training on lymphedema management, and similar training will be promoted for inclusion in medical curricula for new health workers. Awareness of the availability of lymphedema care will be developed through messages disseminated to the general population through multiple media with the intent of reaching at least 80 percent of patients suffering from lymphedema throughout the country. Lymphedema patients seen at each health facility will be instructed by health workers in lymphedema self-care (i.e., proper hygiene practices, limb elevation, and exercise techniques), will be given complimentary hygiene supplies to initiate home management, and will be provided ongoing support through regular follow-up visits from community health workers.

Overall Goal
The overall goal of the project is to reduce disability and improve the quality of life of those suffering from chronic complications of lymphatic filariasis by providing access to a lymphedema management program for every person in three regions in Mali.

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI)

Ottawa, Ontario

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) has been awarded an eighteen month grant in the amount of $103,500 for the project, Improving Lives through Maternal Supplementation in Bolivia. This project that will demonstrate to the Government of Bolivia how women’s adherence to maternal supplements can be significantly increased, and thus reduce their risk of anemia. The MI will test supplement products and recommend improvements to the products in use. In addition, the project will test ways of improving the effectiveness of counseling and messaging on the uptake and utilization of supplements among three hundred and sixty pregnant women recruited from two departments. After testing, the project team is expected to recommend changes to program guidelines, particularly with respect to monitoring protocols and communications strategies. Results and recommendations will be disseminated to government decision makers and other influential actors. The project will be implemented by MI in close partnership with the Maternal Health Unit of the Ministry of Health and Sports in Bolivia, and is expected, when scaled-up in a later phase, to benefit at least 350,000 women and their newborns annually. This proposal is complemented by an investment of $50,000 by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through the Micronutrient Initiative (MI).

Overall Goal
The overall goal of this project is to increase the number of pregnant and lactating women in Bolivia whose intake of iron becomes sufficient, through consumption of iron-folic acid tablets during pregnancy, in order to reduce the prevalence of anemia in this group.