Recent Grants Awarded
Boston Medical Center, Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance
Boston Medical Center, Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the program, Promoting Maternal Health through Midwifery Training and Integration. LeBoHA seeks to use lessons and skills learned through their current competency-based nurse training program to strengthen the skills and community integration of nurse-midwives in community health centers. Over the course of 2 years, LeBoHA’s program will re-train 16 nurse-midwives from 16 of the 28 health centers in the Leribe District through adapted maternal health curriculums. In addition to didactic training, their program will deliver both on-site mentorship and preceptorship to provide the necessary support system for nurse-midwives to begin utilizing their skills in the health centers. Supporting and mentoring the nurse-midwives to build relationships with village health workers will ensure community support and improved referrals. Offering preceptorship by a midwife educator during the initial efforts of the nurse-midwives, to offer clinical delivery services, will improve the confidence of the nurse-midwives and provide support in overcoming the variety of initial barriers that might be encountered as well as provide real-time assist in ensuring early competency. LeBoHA’s team recognizes that improving maternal health outcomes requires a community effort, and so they will continue to engage the Lesotho Ministry of Health, local government leaders, the Lesotho Nursing Council, and other local and international organizations to build relationships and seek integrated community solutions for maternal health.
The overall goal of the program is to sustainably improve maternal and infant mortality and morbidity through an increase in the number of deliveries attended by a nurse midwife, by expanding access to quality midwifery services through a skills-based competency-development, mentorship and precepting program to re-engage previously trained but non-practicing nurse midwives.
Children Without Worms
Nicaragua and Paraguay
Children Without Worms was awarded an two-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Regional Program for Neglected Infectious Diseases in Nicaragua and Paraguay.
The goal of this project is to build capacity of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to expand implementation of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH)-related health education activities from a one-time, annual event, to a continuous, year-round program in the same schools targeted in the first phase of the project. Moreover, this project will be framed into the Immunization program as a part of integrated interventions of the National Health Policy. Similar to the first project, this second project will produce additional health education materials for children and their families and implement additional training programs for teachers and health workers to reinforce skills and knowledge gained. Additionally, the project will introduce two new components: 1) activities to improve school environment, and 2) monitoring and evaluation activities. The target population is school-age children attending 2,492 schools in 153 municipalities of Nicaragua.
The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) of Paraguay will support the implementation of the baseline survey of STH, the design of a protocol for the implementation of sentinel surveillance of parasitological indicators, and the implementation of a behavior change communication component with teachers of public schools in Paraguay. These actions will complement the current efforts of the MHSW and the Ministry of Education in order to scale-up the STH control program and benefit 1.4 million school aged children in Paraguay.
The overall goal of this program is to strengthen the capacity of the government to implement strategies for controlling STH among school age children in all municipalities of the country (153 municipalities).
The goal of the program is to contribute to the control of soil-transmitted helminthiases among school age children in Paraguay.
Gardens for Health International
Gardens for Health International was awarded a two-year, $70,000 grant for the program, An Agricultural Solution to Malnutrition in Under-Served, Rural Populations in Rwanda. This grant supports Garden for Health International’s (GHI) program at Busogo Health Center in Musanze District, equipping 240 families with the seeds, knowledge, and support to overcome malnutrition for the long-term. GHI’s health center program works in direct partnership with government health centers to integrate agriculture into the clinical treatment of malnutrition. Clinical staff at the partner health centers refer patients diagnosed with severe or moderate malnutrition to the program. GHI works with families over the course of 1 year to design and plant home gardens that will allow them to grow a diverse array of nutritious food on a small plot of land. GHI provides inputs and promote practices that are low-risk, self-replicable, and focused on building healthy systems. Agriculture trainings are accompanied by a 14-week health and nutrition curriculum designed to address the complex and interrelated factors that make it harder for families to feed their children. This curriculum is delivered through innovative trainings, home visits, and cooking demonstrations. GHI’s peer-led, peer-developed trainings are held at the health centers to coincide with and complement health services.
The major objective of this program is to meaningfully reduce rates of malnutrition in the Busogo Health Center catchment area by equipping 120 vulnerable families per year with the seeds, knowledge, and support to overcome malnutrition over the long term, reaching an estimated 600 children annually.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Family Treatment Fund
Massachusetts General Hospital, Family Treatment Fund (FTF) was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the program, Improved Pediatric Inpatient Morbidity and Mortality in Rural Uganda, Phase III. The children on the pediatric ward at Mbarara University Teaching Hospital will be the primary beneficiaries of this support. Approximately 6,000 children are admitted each year, of whom 2,000 are newborns and premature infants. FTF plans to maintain the supply of essential medicines and medical supplies to sick inpatient children who cannot otherwise access them. Because of the disproportionately high rates of mortality in newborns, FTF will focus on improving the monitoring and care provided for them. FTF hopes to maintain the services of two night shift neonatal nurses and improve inpatient newborn care by purchasing and using baby warmers, bilirubinometers and infusion pumps. FTF will also increase administrative support for inpatient morbidity and mortality monitoring and data management. Such monitoring will help FTF further identify deficiencies in care delivery and tailor support to the children who need it most.
The overall project goal is to improve inpatient pediatric morbidity and mortality at the Mbarara University Teaching Hospital in southwestern Uganda, which FTF will accomplish in three ways. First, FTF will maintain the provision of essential medicines and medical supplies when they are otherwise unavailable. Second, FTF will expand care specifically to newborn and premature babies, who disproportionately contribute to the morbidity and mortality seen on their ward. Third, FTF will improve monitoring of morbidity and mortality in an effort to improve efficiency of care delivery.
World Education, Bantwana Initiative
Bantwana Initiative was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the program, School Health Outreach Program (SHOP) Phase III. In the third phase of SHOP (SHOP III), Bantwana will continue to support primary health screening and treatment of basic illness for children from 59 schools (34 secondary and 25 primary), as well as 20 pre-schools in Swaziland’s Lubombo region. This represents 100% of secondary schools in the region. Over the course of the two-year project period, Bantwana will continue to support the Lubombo Regional Health Team’s mobile health clinic to make bi-annual and emergency school visits and to avail medication, supplied by the government, for onsite treatment of childhood illness. SHOP team nurses will continue to refer cases that need further care/diagnosis (i.e., eyesight or hearing issues, serious medical concerns, emotional problems, etc.), for which Bantwana will provide transport for nurses and students and conduct follow-up with parents and caregivers to ensure referred children receive necessary continued care.
The goal of the program is to improve the health and educational attainment of vulnerable children in Swaziland’s Lubombo region.