Recent Grants Awarded

Partners In Health

Boston, MA

Partners In Health was awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant for the program, Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural Rwanda.  The grant will support Partners In Health’s (PIH) comprehensive maternal and child health programs in southern Kayonza, Kirehe, and Burera districts in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, positively impacting thousands of vulnerable mothers and children living in these rural areas. Specifically, the Izumi Foundation will support PIH’s primary maternal health services (prenatal, labor and delivery, emergency obstetrical care, and post-partum care); pediatric services (interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, treatment of malnutrition, treatment of infectious and non-communicable diseases, and the promotion of effective integration and management of childhood illnesses); and community-based women’s health and family planning education and outreach. These activities will be conducted in PIH-supported public health clinics and hospitals throughout the three districts served and within the communities of the mothers and children themselves. Because PIH leverages this service provision through extensive clinical training of Rwandan health professionals and the development of innovative care protocols, the program will also support the building of national capacity to improve maternal and child health across the country.

 Overall Goal

The goal of this two-year project is to improve the health of mothers and children served by PIH’s 40 health centers and three hospitals in rural Rwanda.

Support for International Change

Los Angeles, CA

Support for International Change was awarded a two-year, $70,000 grant in support of the project, Mobile Care and Treatment: Village-based Antiretroviral Delivery in Rural Tanzania. This project builds on the success of previous Izumi-supported projects, leveraging SIC’s reputation and existing medical resources.  SIC will focus its efforts to support district governments, other non-governmental organizations, community members, and HIV positive persons to establish village-based access to care and treatment.  This project aims to scale up the network of mobile care and treatment centers (mCTCs); work with stakeholders to boost attendance and prevent lost clients; and provide support to government and NGO partners working to establish their own local HIV care and treatment centers.  With mCTCs, SIC staff identifies specific villages within the Meru, Arusha Rural, and Babati Districts that lack nearby clinics and creates formal partnerships with district hospitals to bring the clinic to the community.  SIC vehicles pick up hospital staff along with patient files and medication, and take them directly to the village once a month, on a specified date.  SIC staff and community health workers notify and remind clients when the mCTC will be held in their village, encourage attendance, and follow up on absences.  Once attendance rates are high and consistent, the mCTC is absorbed into the district hospital’s ongoing budget and becomes a permanent site.  For district hospitals and NGOs initiating their own local HIV care and treatment site, SIC provides technical support in planning and works with community health workers and HIV positive support group members to provide the same type of attendance and follow up support. SIC’s objective is to create community engagement in HIV/AIDS care to enhance clinical outcomes, adherence rates, and retention.  This happens through both creating a link to treatment, but also through ongoing peer support where individuals can discuss adherence, managing side effects, and social stigmatization

 Overall Goal

The program goal is to strengthen and expand village-based access to care and treatment for HIV in rural, northern Tanzania.

Kisumu Medical & Education Trust (KMET)

Kisumu, Kenya

KMET was awarded a two-year, $115,000 grant in support of the program, Rollout of Uterine Balloon Tamponade for Post-Partum Hemorrhage in Western Kenya. KMET seeks to roll out the use of Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) in up to 50 health facilities in western Kenya.  In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, KMET will roll out utilization of an ultra-low cost (less than $5) UBT. This UBT can be built from components readily accessible in Kenya. The UBT kit consists of a condom tied to a Foley catheter and inflated with clean water through a syringe and one-way stopcock.  In two years, this program aims to help save the lives of hundreds of mothers in several counties in the western part of Kenya. KMET will train health workers to utilize the UBT, which will allow them to scale up a life-saving intervention in rapid fashion.  During the 2-year period, KMET will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Increase the capacity of health workers to utilize UBT for reducing post partum hemorrhage (PPH)-related mortality
  • To increase access to affordable technology for reducing PPH-related mortality in western Kenya
  • To test the efficacy and safety of UBT
  • To improve management of PPH in up to 50 low-resource facilities in western Kenya

Overall Goal

The project goal is to rollout and evaluate a life-saving UBT intervention for post partum hemorrhage in up to 50 health facilities in western Kenya.

Dignitas International

Toronto, Ontario

Dignitas International was awarded a one-year, $100,000 grant in support of the program, Improving the Treatment and Care of TB/HIV Co-Infected Patients in the South East Health Zone of Malawi. Over a twelve-month period, this project aims to improve treatment and care of the 70% of TB patients who are co-infected with HIV in the SEHZ of Malawi by:

  • Strengthening the capacity and health infrastructure of the existing TB/HIV Referral Clinic to develop a TB/HIV Referral Centre of Excellence that provides co-treatment of TB/HIV at Zomba Central Hospital (ZCH);
  • Scaling up the intervention by establishing the capacity and infrastructure for TB/HIV co-treatment clinics at two new sites: Balaka District Hospital and Machinga District Hospital;
  • Enhancing the use of available and affordable diagnostic systems and tools by HCWs at the TB/HIV Referral Clinic at ZCH, as well as Balaka and Machinga district hospitals.

This project will leverage the existing expertise and human resources available at ZCH, giving health care workers from the district hospitals the mentorship and training required to provide high quality care to the approximately 20,000 patients co-infected with HIV and TB in the target area. By integrating TB and HIV health services, the project will develop and expand a model of care that will enable a resourced-limited health system to provide timely and quality treatment and care for a higher volume of co-infected patients in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

 Overall Goal

The principal goal of this project is to improve treatment and care for the 70% of TB patients who are co-infected with HIV in three districts of the SEHZ of Malawi by strengthening and expanding a proven TB/HIV integrated care model.