Recent Grants Awarded

The Carter Center

Nigeria

The Carter Center was awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant for the program, Schistosomiasis Control Program in Nigeria.

The Schistosomiasis Control Program uses the existing infrastructure of The Carter Center River Blindness Program to provide mass annual treatments and health education to Nigerians at high risk of schistosomiasis.  Ministry of Health officials at the state and local government area (LGA) level, front line health personnel and community volunteers are vital stakeholders in this control strategy.  This project will continue to address schistosomiasis in two states in southeast Nigeria: Delta and Edo.  The project will support health education and schistosomiasis treatment for approximately 400,000 persons (primarily school-age children) in Delta and Edo states each year over the next two years.  This program will also support impact monitoring and field activities, which serve as advocacy for the schistosomiasis program and spread awareness through dissemination of their findings.

Overall Goal

The goal of The Carter Center’s Schistosomiasis Control Program is to assist the Ministry of Health to alleviate the suffering produced by schistosomiasis through community-based drug distribution and health education.  The Carter Center will continue providing health education and schistosomiasis treatments in Delta and Edo state.

Direct Relief International

Guyana

Direct Relief International was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant in support of the project, Strengthening Healthcare Systems in Guyana.

The project will improve the healthcare system by providing medicines, medical supplies, and medical equipment at no charge to hospitals, health centers, and rural outreach programs that provide essential healthcare services to the country’s most vulnerable people. Direct Relief will accomplish this by increasing access to appropriate medical goods for Guyana Medical Relief (GMR) and the network of public healthcare facilities located throughout the country that they support. Donations of specifically requested medical products will be shipped to Guyana where GMR will oversee their distribution and use. Providing needed medical items will increase the capacity of public healthcare facilities to care for their patients and lead to improved population and community health outcomes.

Overall Goal

The goal of Direct Relief’s project is to strengthen the healthcare system in Guyana by: increasing access to critically needed pharmaceuticals, building capacity of healthcare providers, enhancing the capacity of the public health facilities, and improving patient and health system outcomes.

Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME)

Tanzania

FAME was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant in support of the program, Taking it to the Next Level: Growing a Health Center and Community Outreach Program in Karatu, Tanzania.

This project aims to improve the quality and accessibility of medical care for rural communities living primarily in the District of Karatu. FAME’s aim is to take their existing medical facility to the next level. Since the response to bringing their 12-bed Inpatient Facility on-line has been strong, FAME’s goal is to staff and operate the second ward of the hospital within two years time, thereby doubling their capacity for patients.  Additional project activities will include staff training and mentoring designed to improve their inpatient care and emergency response capabilities, scaling up the surgical capabilities to include emergency Caesarean sections and other routine (in well-developed countries) general surgeries, increasing the lab capabilities to help them identify and treat complicated infections, and increasing the breadth of health education programming provided at FAME, particularly for women of child bearing age, and adolescent boys and girls.

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, hence improving the health and well being of the Tanzanian people.

Mali Health Organizing Project

Mali

Mali Health was awarded a two-year, $53,000 grant in support of the program, Achieving Efficiency, Quality, and Outcomes in Peri-Urban Primary Health Centers: Delivering Model Care to Children Under 5.

Globally, model clinics have developed methods to provide low-cost, high quality services in targeted arenas like cataract surgery, cardiac care, and cystic fibrosis to poor populations. Through high-volume, lean operations, innovative payment schemes and holistic solutions, these clinics have created innovations that change how – and to whom – care is provided. Mali Health’s program intends to adapt the strategies employed by these programs to address the primary causes of child mortality. While Mali Health intends to utilize strategies that can be packaged and easily replicated in other locations, their pilot clinic will be situated in a peri-urban slum on the outskirts of Bamako, Mali, serving approximately 50,000 people.

Overall Goal

The goal of Mali Health’s program is to improve under-5 mortality and morbidity in a peri-urban community in Mali through improvements in operational efficiencies, the reduction of barriers to care, more efficient treatment delivery, and a greater emphasis on quality improvement with continued evaluation.