Recent Grants Awarded

Doctors for Global Health

El Salvador

Doctors for Global Health was awarded a two year, $50,000 grant in support of the project, A Partnership to Strengthen Health Care Delivery and Improve Health in Rural Communities in El Salvador.

The project involves an ongoing partnership between Doctors for Global Health and the local Salvadoran NGO Asociación de Campesinos para el Desarrollo Humano (Peasant Association for Human Development) and will serve approximately 5,000 impoverished people in Estancia, Agua Blanca, and Guachipilin in the Department of Morazán in northeastern El Salvador.  This population has some of the worst health indicators in the country, with high rates of food insecurity and childhood malnutrition; maternal mortality; communicable and non-communicable diseases. They have limited access to primary, subspecialty, and emergency health care and oral health care through the Salvadoran health system. The project’s main activities include the following: provide pediatric and adult primary care in local clinic established by DGH and CDH (The Center for Integrated Care, Prevention and Education in Health, CAIPES), coordinate diagnostic and subspecialty referrals, create and implement an oral health program, reinvigorate the Siete Semillas (Seven Seeds) Nutrition Program, strengthen community educational initiatives, innovate continuing education for the CAIPES staff, and secure other sources of funding for continued program sustainability.

Overall Goal

The project goal is to improve the health and well-being of the people in Estancia, Agua Blanca, and Guachipilin in the Department of Morazán in northeastern El Salvador. The project objectives are the following:

  1. Provide optimal preventive and primary care to children and adults in the CAIPES clinic
  2. Provide coordinated care and advocacy through the subspecialty referral program for children and adults who need diagnostic, subspecialty, or emergency care
  3. Create a preventive and primary oral health care program in the CAIPES clinic
  4. Reinvigorate the Siete Semillas (Seven Seeds) nutrition program
  5. Integrate innovative technologies and popular education pedagogic tools to enhance CAIPES clinic staff and community education

Health & Development International

Niger

Health & Development International was awarded a two year, $190,000 grant in support of the project, Rapid Reduction of Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Obstetric Fistula in Niger.

This project aims to rapidly prevent women from dying in childbirth and rapidly prevent obstetric fistula. The IZUMI-supported area of this project has a population of 57,000 people living in about 102 participating communities covered by five health centers with one nurse each.  Most community members are subsistence farmers and nomads, in a large multiethnic, multi-language, remote sahelian part of Niger. Having achieved the initial aim of at least 75% fewer women dying of blocked childbirth, and at least 50% fewer fistula cases within two years, the aim now is to sustain and further improve the results by continuing to use a man and a woman volunteer in each village, monthly reporting, and eight other organizational tools. Village volunteers, especially the women, have several responsibilities, most importantly:  i) encourage pregnant women to go to the nearest health center for prenatal consultation,  ii) encourage pregnant woman to have her baby in a health care setting, at the nearest health center where a trained nurse or a “midwife assistant” can help in emergencies,  iii) ask in advance for permission to evacuate the woman should she experience prolonged labor in the village,  iv) initiate emergency medical evacuation if labor lasts too long,  v) register data on a form as events occur, a form designed for illiterate people. Data are collected from each village in conjunction with the monthly supervision.

Overall Goal

The project goal is to rapidly save women’s and babies’ lives and protect women’s dignity using organizational methods from successful disease eradication programs, and to expand the project to the rest of Niger and other countries as rapidly as the results justify.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Global Health & Human Rights (MGH GHHR)

Uganda

Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Global Health & Human Rights (MGH GHHR) was awarded a two year, $115,000 grant in support of the project, Initiative to End Child Malnutrition, Uganda (IECM).

The IECM is a collaboration led by Massachusetts General Hospital’s GHHR, and involves the Harvard College Global Hunger Initiative and the Karoli Lwanga Nyakibale Hospital (Rukungiri District). Child malnutrition continues to be a major public health problem in Rukungiri District of Southwest Uganda. IECM has discovered that a staggering 88% of the program’s outpatients (as of May 2012) in Rukungiri are stunted.  The district includes many remote areas where families lack transportation, education and other resources necessary to provide for basic child health needs.  IECM is developing a comprehensive, locally sustainable model for addressing child malnutrition in Uganda that utilizes community nutrition awareness and education, addresses barriers to appropriate child nutrition, and identifies and systematically provides high quality care for children suffering from malnutrition both in the district health centers and at the malnutrition referral center of Nyakibale Hospital. With previous IZUMI Foundation support, IECM has made considerable strides towards this goal thus far and has greatly expanded its health worker training/education program.

Overall Goal

The proposed project goal over the next two years is to refine IECM’s operational model, continue to build local capacity to identify and treat malnutrition, and expand IECM to other parts of Uganda