Recent Grants Awarded

Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Global Health & Human Rights

Uganda

MGH was awarded $114,998 over two years for the project, Initiative to End Child Malnutrition.

The project will refine and expand its integrated model to address local child malnutrition in Rukungiri District, Uganda. The Initiative to End Child Malnutrition (IECM) is designed to reduce child morbidity and mortality associated with malnutrition in Rukungiri District, Uganda, utilizing a locally sustainable model. The IECM is an integrated intervention that encompasses both hospital-based treatments for malnutrition as well as community-based malnutrition training, education and outreach. The initiative is characterized by its inclusive governance—a local Ugandan Executive Board works closely with MGH-affiliated clinicians & staff on strategy, implementation, and sustainability. Main project activities include: operating a hospital-based child malnutrition referral center; continuing education/training for community health center workers on malnutrition identification and referral; development of a national nursing school curriculum on child malnutrition; and a community garden/nutrition education initiative.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the project is to reduce child morbidity and mortality associated with malnutrition in Rukungiri District, Uganda, utilizing a locally sustainable model.

Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME)

Tanzania

FAME was awarded $102,000 over two years to carry out the project, Health Center and Mobile Outreach Program in Karatu, Tanzania.

The project will improve the quality and accessibility of medical care for rural communities living primarily in Tanzania’s northern District of Karatu by creating an environment in which qualified doctors and nurses want to work – an environment in which they have the resources necessary to provide quality patient care. Project activities over the two year grant period will include the following: 1) on-site professional development for Tanzanian healthcare workers, utilizing volunteers from overseas medical communities; 2) the implementation of technology that lends itself to on-line case consultation and continuing education; 3) the hiring of additional medical personnel to keep pace with a growing patient population and expanded services, 4) maintaining a well-stocked pharmacy and laboratory; and, 5) completing construction of the inpatient facility at FAME Medical. Other activities will include tailoring health education programming to address the unique needs of specific populations served via Mobile Outreach and increasing the breadth of health education programming provided at FAME Medical, their stationary medical facility.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality and accessibility of medical care for rural communities living in the District of Karatu and the greater Arusha Region, thereby improving the health and well being of the Tanzanian people.

The Anglican AIDS Programme

Namibia

The Anglican AIDS Programme has been awarded $96,000 for the two-year project: Malaria Prevention & Control within the Border Regions of Namibia: Anglican AIDS Programme: NetsforLife Initiative.

A continuation of a previous IZUMI grant, the project aims to reduce morbidity and mortality of malaria within the border regions of the Namibia. The program is currently operating in five governmental regions: Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Oshana, all of which are border regions. As part of its pre-elimination strategy the MOHSS is looking to increase the number of LLIN’s (long lasting insecticidal nets) available “in country” and to move away from net distribution to targeted populations towards universal coverage for populations in the four highest risk areas. To date AAP has targeted distribution of nets to vulnerable populations exclusively, including pregnant women, children under 5, the elderly and those living with suppressed immune systems in accordance with existing government policy. Working in conjunction with the MOHSS the program now wishes to move to universal LLIN coverage within the already targeted areas. The aim is to distribute 30,000 nets to 60,000 people in remote villages of the border regions. The existing methodology will be used, which consists of mobilizing communities, building malaria awareness, and conducting a baseline survey (if this has not already been undertaken). Community volunteers are trained on the cause and prevention of malaria including the importance of sleeping under a LLIN every night, symptom awareness, when and where to seek treatment, and how to follow treatment protocols. Monitoring and evaluation activities will measure outcomes at yearly intervals, and this information will be integrated back into the program, thus reinforcing ownership by the community and fostering sustainability.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the project is to help reduce morbidity and mortality from malaria within the border regions of the country.

Support for International Change (SIC)

Tanzania

Support for International Change (SIC) has been awarded a two year grant in the amount of $73,951.25 for the project, Phase II; The Northern Tanzania Rural HIV Access Project.

A continuation of a previous IZUMI grant, this project provides sustainable, community-based programs for people living with HIV/AIDS in three underserved districts of northern Tanzania. SIC will improve support for people living with HIV/AIDS in rural communities that otherwise would not have access to HIV-related services by re-training existing community health workers (CHWs) and by training other stakeholders in HIV education, including persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) and youth. Training for PLHA will include technical assistance to support groups to formalize their structure, and establish links with the government and other organizations. The project aims to strengthen the skills of 200 existing CHWs, test 35,000 people and assist 1,300 people living with HIV/AIDS to access and adhere to treatment.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of this project is to provide access to high quality HIV education, testing and care to people living in rural, underserved areas of northern Tanzania.