Recent Grants Awarded

Care 2 Communities

Haiti

Care 2 Communities was awarded a two-year, $52,000 grant for the project, Maternal Health Program in Haiti.

In partnership with the IZUMI Foundation, Care 2 Communities(C2C) will provide affordable primary care and free specialty services for mothers and children to poor families in two communities in Northern Haiti – Camp Coq and Acul du Nord.  Through these two fully-equipped clinics, C2C provides increased access to quality care and prove that community clinics can help support themselves (through low user fees).  While user fees are minimal and C2C’s patient retention rate is high, there are still some patients who travel longer distances to access free care through a variety of volunteer sources.  C2C believes firmly that every woman deserves a safe pregnancy, and that every infant should have the very best possible start in life.  In order to encourage all women surrounding the clinics to seek prenatal care, C2C launched a free maternal health and infant care program, based out of the two existing clinics.  The program provides access to free prenatal and postnatal care (including all services recommended by the World Health Organization: doctors’ visits, diagnostics including ultrasounds, pharmaceuticals, and the development of safe birth plans). C2C also offers free follow-up checks post-birth, vaccinations for young children, and community education on the importance of prenatal and infant care.  Since this program began in mid-August, C2C has had over 560 OB/GYN visits across both clinics. C2C expects to see approximately 400 women in the first full year.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of C2C’s Maternal Health Program is to safeguard the health of pregnant women and their young children by providing access to quality maternal care and education in the communities C2C serves.

Northeastern University

Kenya

Northeastern University was awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant for the project, An Integrated Community Interventional-Evaluative Model for Neglected Diseases in East Pokot District, Kenya 

The proposed project will continue IZUMI-funded interventions to the control of leishmaniasis disease in East Pokot by focusing on two areas of work during 2016-2018. The first area of work is strengthening services at the community level. This will involve: (a) conducting regular community mobile clinics to screen Kala-azar and other related diseases as well as treating minor ailments and (b) providing continuous education and training about disease management and prevention, environmental vector control, and promoting community dialogue through the integrated outreaches. These activities promotes establishment of a sentinel site for Kala-azar at Chemolingot, which is in line with the MOH’s goal contained in the 2015-2020 NTD Strategic Plan. The second area of work is a dedicated focus on strengthening the services infrastructure at the Chemolingot Sub-County Hospital which brings healthcare closer to the people of East Pokot.  This will involve: (a) refurbishing and stocking a dedicated ward for Kala-azar patients and a laboratory for use in the management of disease and training of health workers including support for a health information management system (HIMS) to capture and document cases for follow-up from the field and across multiple health facilities in the sub-County; (b) procuring and maintaining a project vehicle to enable field and services sites access for project staff, enable the transfer of field supplies and patients as well as use in integrated community outreaches; and (c) constructing a community resource house at the Hospital to serve as a guest center for project staff with an office space and a repository for project supplies.

Overall Goal

The primary goal of the IZUMI continuation intervention is to support leishmaniasis disease case-management by strengthening the service infrastructure at the Chemolingot Sub-County Hospital and linking the community to these services with the overall goal of reducing the high burden of VL and other related diseases in this population in East Pokot.

 

Nurture Africa

Uganda

Nurture Africa was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Integrating & Scaling Up Sexual Reproductive Health Services into Maternal Health & Pediatric Primary Health Care for Women of Childbearing age in Wakiso District, Uganda.

With the support of the IZUMI Foundation, Nurture Africa will work towards improving access to and utilization of sexual reproductive health services for all women of childbearing age in Wakiso District, in the peri-urban catchment areas of Nurture Africa and Namugongo Fund for Special Children, with a special focus on hard to reach and vulnerable women and youth. This will be done by improving male-involvement and community-involvement in the integration and up-scaling of reproductive health and maternal and child health services, including antenatal care, postnatal care, elimination of mother to child transmission, family planning, female cancer screening, and immunization. Different peers (male, female, and youth) and VHTs will be trained in the community to mobilize, screen, counsel, link, and follow up women and youth in need of reproductive health services. From the community, the different clients will be linked to health facilities to access appropriate reproductive health services. Nurture Africa aims to improve its impact by scaling up and better integrating its reproductive health and maternal and child health services with the primary health care, infectious disease care, and youth corner. The health facilities will offer primary care, family planning, female cancer screening, antenatal care, postnatal care, and immunization to all women.  Linkage facilitators in the clinic will ensure all (referred) women are provided with the right services at the right place in the facility. Male involvement will be enhanced through streamlining the reproductive health services with couple counseling at the facility level and village level, focusing on a variety of family health care issues.

Overall Goal

The goal of this project is to improve access to and utilization of sexual reproductive health services for all women of childbearing age in the peri-urban catchment areas of Nurture Africa and Namugongo Fund for Special Children in Wakiso District, with a special focus on hard to reach and vulnerable women and youth.