Recent Grants Awarded

Mano a Mano

Mendota Heights, MN

Mano a Mano was awarded a two year, $100,000 grant in support of the project, Expanding Health Care Access for At-Risk Populations in Rural Bolivia. This integrated project will: (1) construct two additional health clinics in two communities, and will (2) fly volunteer medical staff into Bolivia’s tropical tribal areas to provide health care on weekends to those too remote to receive care at a clinic. Mano a Mano will deliver health services through two methods selected to meet the unique circumstances of distinct geographical areas. In partnership with two requesting communities and their local government officials, Mano a Mano will construct and bring into full operation one health clinic each year. They will also use their aviation capabilities to bring volunteer health professionals into the nearly inaccessible tribal areas in Bolivia’s tropical Beni department to provide health care during weekends. Health clinics will provide: health education and family planning; preventive services such as vaccinations; pre and post natal care and delivery; acute care; and diagnosis and case management services for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and chagas. Municipal officials and community leaders will be taught to co-administer their clinics along with Mano a Mano within three years. Having contacts with missionaries and ranchers who, in turn, have contact with several tribes, Mano a Mano hopes to reach more unserved tribal groups with acute and preventive care.

Overall Goal
The overall goals for Mano a Mano health programs are:

  • Decrease maternal mortality during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Improve infant and child survival rates
  • Reduce health risks created by poor sanitation and hygiene practices
  • Make family planning information available to women of reproductive age
  • Improve the health status and, therefore, the quality of life for entire communities in which the average family lives on less than $1.00 per day

Massachusetts General Hospital, Family Treatment Fund

Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital, Family Treatment Fund was awarded a two year, $75,000 grant in support of the project, Improved Pediatric Inpatient Morbidity and Mortality and Community Based Management of Malnutrition in Rural Uganda. This project will serve children aged 0 to 15 years in whom the most common illnesses are pneumonia, malaria, meningitis, sepsis, and diarrhea. These children primarily come from the nine districts surrounding Mbarara, although several come from nearby refugee camps in Rwanda and the Congo. With further support from Izumi foundation, MGH, FTF will expand the scope of activities to include community-based management of malnutrition in Isingiro district. The project will work with the team that currently runs the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center at Mbarara University Teaching Hospital. An estimated 50 lower level facility health workers, community volunteers and mothers will be trained at the Mbarara hospital nutrition centre and community health facilities in Isingiro district. Those trained will serve as nutrition outposts to identify, appropriately classify, manage and refer children with different degrees of malnutrition and support families in household efforts to prevent malnutrition. MGH, FTF also hope to improve diagnostic services for children with cardiac diseases in Southwestern Uganda.

Overall Goal
The overall project goal remains to prevent the return of inpatient pediatric morbidity and mortality at the Mbarara University Teaching Hospital in southwestern Uganda to the alarmingly high levels seen prior to the initiation of donated medications and basic medical supplies.

Merlin USA

Washington, DC

Merlin USA was awarded a two year, $100,000 grant in support of the project, Safe Motherhood Project, Kenya. This project will increase access to maternal, infant, and child health care services; improve the knowledge of sexual, reproductive, and child health; and strengthen the long-term capacity of local health structures to design and manage health care delivery, specifically quality obstetrics services. The Project is coordinated by Merlin in partnership with district health authorities and three civil society organizations: Pentecostal Assemblies of God, Namoruputh Reformed Church of East Africa, Lokichar and Turkana Pastoralist Development Organization (TUPADO). TUPADO co-ordinates the implementation of the Behavior Change and Communications component e.g. pictorial flyers and booklets, role plays and community theatre, while the two faith based organizations implement the health activities through static clinics and mobile outreach services. The Project also supports seven facilities: one hospital, two health centers, and four dispensaries.

Overall Goal
To contribute to the improvement of health status of vulnerable women and children through the strengthening of civil society organizations in Turkana Central and Turkana South districts of Rift Valley province of Kenya.