Recent Grants Awarded
The Carter Center
The Carter Center was awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant for the project, Schistosomiasis Control Program in Nigeria.
The Schistosomiasis Control Program (SCP) 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. MOH officials at the state and Local Government Area (LGA) level, front line health personnel and community volunteers are vital stakeholders in this control strategy. With support from IZUMI Foundation, this project will continue to address schistosomiasis in four states in southeast Nigeria: Delta, Edo, Ebonyi, and Enugu.
A new contribution from the IZUMI Foundation will support the continuing health education, training and schistosomiasis treatments in Delta and Edo states, and health education and training in Ebonyi and Enugu states, reaching 250,000 persons with treatments (primarily school-age children) each year over the next two years. Funding also will support impact monitoring and field activities, which serve as advocacy for the schistosomiasis program and spread awareness through dissemination of The Carter Center findings.
With the generous donations of praziquantel by Merck KGaA through the WHO, albendazole by GlaxoSmithKline, and mebendazole by Johnson & Johnson; The Carter Center now has enough medicines to not only cease the rotations in favor of full treatment but also to expand The Carter Center’s SCH/STH programs. Program costs include the assessments of where treatment is needed, and then the costs of implementing a program of health education and treatment in what are often remote rural areas.
The overall goal of The Carter Center’s Schistosomiasis Control Program is to assist the Federal 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, training, and schistosomiasis treatments in Delta and Edo states, and health education and training in Ebonyi and Enugu states.
Mali Health was awarded a two-year, $75,000 grant for the project, Community-Centric Care: Improving Maternal and Child Health in Peri-Urban Zones.
Patient-centric care is a term popularized in the United States and Europe, a philosophy of medical practice that encourages the active participation and involvement of patients and their families in the process. Mali Health’s proposed initiative emphasizes a similar community-centric care, creating an environment that increases healthcare access among poor communities by leveraging several strategies:
- Transparency: Increasing transparency and communications between clinic and community through general assemblies, surveys, and trainings
- Community Capacity: Through training, task-shifting, and organization, shift the framework of wellbeing from a disease-treatment paradigm to a community-led social service framework
- Accountability: Creating processes at the facility level to increase ownership, adherence to standards, and a results-based framework
- Reducing Barriers: Enabling mothers and children to better access facility-level health care services.
Mali Health will pursue strategies that are both replicable and sustainable, engaging with government and community partners throughout the duration of the project to ensure program continuity, learning, and success. The program will target four, peri-urban communities across Bamako (Sikoro-Sourakabougou, Boulkassombougou, Sotuba, and Lafiabougou), totaling 200,000 people, and will be implemented from July 2015 until June 2017.
The overall goal of of Mali Health’s program is to create an integrated model of community and clinical support that improves access to care and health outcomes for marginalized women, newborns, and infants in Bamako’s peri-urban communities.
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation
Upper Newton Falls, MA
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Improving Maternal and Neonatal Health Care in Southern Haiti.
In order to more effectively address the current need for maternal and infant care in southern Haiti, SBHF is seeking the generous funding of the IZUMI Foundation, in order to facilitate the operation of the newly constructed Maternal and Neonatal Care Center at the St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, as well as the maternal and neonatal programming of the hospital’s health clinic in Villa and the postnatal home visits conducted by the organization’s community health workers. Specifically, the proposed project will seek to enable a higher quality and quantity of prenatal and postnatal visits, natural and C-section deliveries, and neonatal intensive care services. By the end of the proposed 2 year timeframe – July 2015 to June 2017, SBHF proposes to utilize the funding of IZUMI and other partners in order to achieve a 20% expansion in the output of services in comparison to the level of output achieved in 2014. The maternal and neonatal care services provided for under this project will be targeted toward the direct and indirect service areas of the hospital, with an estimated 50,000 persons and 200,000 persons respectively. Certain services, such as neonatal intensive care and emergency C-sections, will be accessed by persons from across the southern peninsula of Haiti, an area with an estimated 2 million persons.
The overall goal of SBHF is to to expand the outreach and quality of maternal and neonatal health services provided by the St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs (South Department) and its ancillary health clinic in Villa (Southeast Department) of Haiti.