Recent Grants Awarded

Project Concern International (PCI)

Guatemala

Project Concern International (PCI) was awarded a two year grant in the amount of $163,000 in support of, Project BIRTH – Better Infant and Reproductive Total Health III.

Project BIRTH III will continue work to prevent infant and maternal mortality, with a greater focus on reaching more women and families in the municipalities of Santa Eulalia and Todos Santos, which report the first and third highest MMRs (maternal mortality ratio) in the Department of Huehuetenango, respectively. Project BIRTH III will put an emphasis on the post-partum period and the care of women who are transitioning back to the Casa after delivery at the hospital; care of women when they are returning home, and post-natal follow-up in the homes of families, including cases where women give birth at home. Building on lessons learned during Projects BIRTH I & II, and the commitments of the Departmental Ministry of Health (MoH) and local communities, Project BIRTH III will strengthen the continuum of care for pregnant women and infants, with an emphasis on improving care at the household/family level. Project BIRTH III will continue to leverage and build the capacity of the Casa Materna (Mother’s House). In an effort to improve the sustainability of program interventions, under Project BIRTH III, PCI also plans to conduct several low-cost studies that will contribute to their understanding of barriers and factors that lead to long-term success, as well as provide the basis for strengthening program elements.

Overall Goal

The goal of this program is to reduce infant and young child morbidity and mortality in high risk communities in the Department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

World Education-Bantwana Initiative

Swaziland

World Education-Bantwana Initiative was awarded a two year grant in the amount of $163,000 to expand children’s access to basic health services and promote safer schools through the project, School Health Outreach Program II (SHOP II).

Over two years, SHOP II will build the capacity of Swaziland’s Lubombo Regional School Health Outreach program to reach Lubombo Region students in 37 schools with access to basic health care, and ensure 100% of secondary schools in Swaziland have first aid kits and at least one teacher with up-to-date first aid certification. SHOP II will leverage existing investments and strong relationships with school communities and government to provide students with access to health services, including one-on-one check-ups, referrals, and broader school-based health education sessions where students can access important information identified by the outreach team on its visits. This improved health access will provide an opportunity to link basic health services with other important aspects of care for vulnerable youth, including nutrition, psychosocial support and HIV prevention. SHOP II will also work closely with the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit to facilitate first aid certification and training in universal precautions to reach, by the end of the two phases of SHOP, 223 secondary schools nationwide, ensuring 100% of all secondary schools are staffed with a first aid certified teacher by the end of SHOP II. Additionally, SHOP will participate in the annual World AIDS Day events, where a medical tent will be erected and the closest clinic invited to raise awareness about available services. Finally, SHOP will work with parents and school committees in 20 schools to ensure students utilize medications properly following school health visits by strengthening communication and documentation between schools and parents.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of SHOP II is to improve the health of children in Swaziland by reaching approximately 11,100 children with access to basic health services, and ensuring that all secondary schools in Swaziland have a teacher certified in first aid.

Esperança, Inc.

Bolivia

Esperança, Inc. has been awarded a two year grant in the amount of $138,200 for the project, Chagas Control in Tarija, Bolivia.

This project will build local infrastructure to reduce Chagas Disease within 150 communities in the Department of Tarija, Bolivia. Esperança uses a three-pronged approach to help eliminate Chagas Disease, which includes: preventative education, improving housing conditions through repair and construction of new homes, and providing diagnosis and treatment for those infected. This project focuses on preventive educational activities in order to increase knowledge and improve behaviors that will contribute to the elimination of the vinchuca bug – the vector which spreads the disease. The intervention will affect all levels of the population, from the family in the village to the local mayor. Esperança will help 29 local health clinics and the municipal governments of Yacuiba, Villamontes and Carapari train community health workers and government employees on vector control. In addition, the project will provide health education and Chagas-related training to 20,000 families, 2,000 students, 320 youth and 30 community leaders. Finally, Esperança will build and equip an entomological laboratory in the target region in order to further research on Chagas Disease, the vector, and local resistance of the vector to fumigation.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the project is to implement preventive and Chagas-control activities in 150 communities in 3 targeted municipalities by training municipality authorities, health personnel, community volunteers, and local families in order to improve the life expectancy of 20,000 Bolivian families by reducing their risk of infection with Chagas Disease.