Recent Grants Awarded

Dandelion Africa

Kenya

Dandelion Africa was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the program, Safe Love: Reproductive Health for Young Women.

With increasing number of girls not continuing to high school, and with many unintended pregnancies, there is a need to sensitize communities and provide important health services at their point of need. Dandelion Africa has 3 Clinics based in Mogotio, Lomolo A and Sarambei villages. All clinics offer free sexual reproductive health services for the communities. Dandelion Africa would like to increase the number of girls attending family planning, pre-natal, and post-natal health visits to reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and infant and maternal mortality among young mothers.

Objectives:

  • Train 15 Community Health Volunteers on neonatal care and youth friendly services
  • Mobilize young mothers for sensitization on sexual reproductive health
  • Hire a nurse trained on Youth Friendly Services to be stationed in Mogotio Clinic
  • Provide support for young mothers and mothers living with HIV so that they can have healthy children
  • Sensitize communities in rural hard-to-reach communities on the importance of education for both girls and boys to reduce the number of girls with unintended pregnancies and reduce FGM rate
  • Provide youth friendly services to youths at the Mogotio Clinic, including counselling, testing, all sexual reproductive health services, and HIV testing and counselling

Overall Goal

The overall goal is to improve the provision of sexual reproductive health services for young girls in order to reduce infant and maternal death in rural Mogotio, Kenya.

Global Healing

Honduras

Global Healing was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the program, Strengthening Health Care for Children in Roatán and Mainland Honduras.

The program will support the Bay Islands region of Honduras and will expand upon the Caring for Children and Mothers in Roatán, Honduras program already in place. The program will continue to address three key medical needs in this population: 1) access to pediatric outpatient care and an increase in the number of trained pediatric staff at the RVPC, 2) increased rates of exclusive breastfeeding, and 3) the overall improvement of standards of care within the Roatán Public Hospital. The Roatán Volunteer Pediatric Clinic is the only free pediatric outpatient clinic in the Bay Islands. Support from IZUMI Foundation will allow Global Healing to expand the ongoing work of this clinic, increase the number of US resident and attending pediatricians able to work there, and provide training opportunities for local pediatricians and Social Service doctors.

Overall goal

The overall goal is to improve healthcare in Roatán through expanding access to free primary care for infants and children and by education of both parents and health care providers.

Kajo Keji Health Training Institute

Uganda

Kajo Keji Health Training Institute was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the program, Neonatal and Maternal Health Care.

Kajo Keji Health Training Institute (KKHTI) was established in 2014 to address the severe shortage of medical personnel in South Sudan – actual personnel are less than 20% of the country’s needed capacity. Because of this shortage, thousands of children and families in southern South Sudan, and surrounding border communities, lack basic access to healthcare and treatment, shown by the devastating health indicators in the country. In this program, KKHTI will address neonatal and maternal deaths in Rhino Camp Refugees Settlement in West Nile, Uganda with the following objectives:

  • Decrease neonatal deaths by 25% in Rhino Camp
  • Increase uptake of family planning by 25% in Rhino Camp
  • Provide medicine and care on perinatal health by final year students with technical support and supervision from KKHTI staff
  • Provide Essential Newborn Care training for pregnant women and mothers
  • Produce translated and pictorial essential Newborn Care information, education and communication materials

Overall goal

The overall goal is to provide health education, family planning services, and comprehensive care for pregnant women, mothers, and newborns living in Rhino Camp Refugees Settlement in Uganda.

The Carter Center

Nigeria

The Carter Center was awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant for the program, A Critical Component of the Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program in Nigeria: Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP).

With support from IZUMI, The Carter Center will launch a new effort in Plateau and Nasarawa States to address the residual suffering caused by LF. These two states have, through mass drug administration, stopped transmission of the LF parasite among their population of over six million so that new cases and new suffering from swollen limbs and genitals have been halted.  However, those who were once infected are still afflicted by the disability and psychological consequences of the disease. In keeping with WHO guidance on morbidity and disability activities within an LF elimination program, the Center will conduct an assessment of need for care across the two states, and thereafter assist the ministry of health to establish and provide services to those they discover are affected. Namely, The Carter Center intends to strengthen the capacity of the health system to provide support services for those who have other manifestations of the disease (swollen limbs, febrile attacks, infections, and psychological and social suffering) and instate a surgery referral program for those who have LF-related hydrocele (severe swelling of the scrotum due to fluid retention).

In year one of the grant period, The Carter Center will conduct a situational analysis and continue their five pre-existing LF support groups, called “Hope Groups”. In the first half of year two, they will train support group leaders, create a referral program for surgeries, and introduce WHO tools to health facilities for managing morbidity and disability.  In the second half of year two and the whole of year three the program will expand Hope Groups for those with swollen legs from LF, and surgical referrals for those with significant hydrocele.

Overall goal

The principal objective of the proposed program is to assist the Federal, State, and local ministries of health to alleviate suffering from those who have manifestations of LF in Plateau and Nasarawa States in Nigeria.