Recent Grants Awarded

ACODEV: Action for Community Development

Uganda

ACODEV was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Informed Expansion of Proven Approaches to Reduce Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Luwero District of Central Uganda.

In order to contribute to an accelerated reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, ACODEV will implement two year interventions intended to sustain and scale-up high-impact, low-cost, quality maternal, newborn, and child health services in three new sub-counties (Kalagala, Bamunanika, and Zirobwe). These sub-counties are poor, rural, and underserved, and account for the highest burden of maternal and newborn morbidity in the district. Ninety percent of women and children in these targeted areas receive MNCH services from these rural public clinics and don’t have the ability to pay for the quality services often provided by private, for-profit clinics in the urban town council. To combat this and provide high quality MNCH services, ACODEV will train community health workers, provision equipment, conduct outreaches, and strengthen leadership and management of the health service delivery system.

In the next two years (2019-2020), the project intends to build on the experiences and successes realized) to strengthen essential system functions to reliably deliver high quality, life-saving interventions to address the highlighted gaps in sustaining and scaling-up intervention areas.

Overall Goal

The goal of the project is to contribute to an accelerated reduction of Maternal Newborn and Child Morbidity and Mortality in Luwero District, Uganda.

Clínica Verde

Nicaragua

Clínica Verde was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant for the project, Prenatal Nutrition Project.

Clínica Verde’s Prenatal Nutrition Project includes interactive presentations, educational talks, and hands on training in bio-intensive gardening and cooking. In the 18-month period, Clínica Verde will work with a total of 75 women from the rural underserved areas of Boaco. Clínica Verde will partner with two health posts from the Ministry of Health in order to identify the pregnant woman. This initiative will allow Clínica Verde to scale up their program, empower current and future mothers, and train local service providers (registered nurses) who will replicate lessons learned.

During the 18 months, three program cycles will be implemented; each cycle includes eleven educational sessions over a span of three months. The sessions cover many pertinent topics: developmental stages of pregnancy, preparation for delivery, the importance of breastfeeding, nutrition, and parenting in the first five years of a child’s life. Clínica Verde’s program also includes maternal checkups before and after delivery and regular pediatric checkups.  Clínica Verde places special emphasis on choosing participants for the Prenatal Nutrition Project from rural underserved areas, adolescent mothers, first time mothers and women with conditions that may place them at greater obstetric risk.

Overall Goal

The goal of the project is to improve pre- and postnatal health outcomes of underserved pregnant women and their children by mobilizing the powerful role that women and girls play in an entire community’s health.

Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME)

Tanzania

FAME was awarded a three-year, $200,000 grant for the project, Scaling Up Strategic Priority Programs at FAME Medical.

This project aims to improve the quality of medical care for rural communities in the Northern Highlands of Tanzania. FAME  will do so by scaling up strategic priority programs outlined in their 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Maternal and Newborn Health, General Surgery, Education and Training (Capacity Building), and Continuous Quality Improvement, while continuing to provide comprehensive, patient-centered primary care. To this end, the FAME Medical team will engage in the following activities over the next three years:

1) rigorous staff development and capacity building programs to insure quality services for patients, particularly pregnant women and children; 2) quality improvement exercises and expanded services across departments, with special emphasis on maternal and child health and general surgery; 3) implementation of a management and data collection system focused on efficiency and cost effectiveness in service design and delivery; 4) provision of patient education and support that promotes wellness and continuity of care; and 5) infrastructure development that supports the needs of their growing patient population.

Overall Goal

The overall project goal is to scale up strategic priority programs at FAME Medical: Maternal and Newborn Health, General Surgery, Education and Training (Capacity Building), and Continuous Quality Improvement, while also continuing to provide comprehensive, patient-centered primary care.

Gardens for Health International

Rwanda

Gardens for Health International was awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant for the project, Delivering a Sustainable Solution to Malnutrition in Musanze District.

Gardens for Health International is working to deliver a sustainable solution to malnutrition in Musanze District, Rwanda. By addressing the root causes of malnutrition—lack of access to nutritious foods and lack of essential nutrition knowledge—GHI is breaking the cycle of malnutrition-illness-poverty. Gardens for Health equips families with the resources needed to create home gardens so they grow a lasting supply of nutritious vegetables and GHI provides dynamic nutrition education to empower families to stay healthy. In Musanze District, Gardens for Health is embarking on an ambitious plan to integrate their model into the public health system. Musanze District is a mountainous region in the northwest of Rwanda with a population of about 368,000 in which 42% of children under five are malnourished. Support from IZUMI Foundation will fund their work in the area covered by two of their partner health centers. GHI’s program targets vulnerable smallholder families who are struggling with malnutrition. They work with mothers of children under five who have been diagnosed with malnutrition and pregnant women who are at-risk for malnutrition. Over the next three years GHI intends to help create over 3,000 home gardens, educate more than 7,500 mothers and pregnant women in nutrition knowledge, and reach more than 35,000 children.

Overall Goal

The goal of this project is to deliver a sustainable solution to malnutrition in Musanze District by helping vulnerable families create home gardens, providing dynamic nutrition education and working to integrate GHI’s model into the public health system.

Last Mile Health

Liberia

Last Mile Health was awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant for the project, Expanding Lifesaving Nutrition Interventions to Liberia’s Most Remote Communities through the National Community Health Assistant Program

Last Mile Health aims to address the high rates of morbidity and mortality related to malnutrition by supporting the Government of Liberia to ensure the sustained integration and institutionalization of nutrition interventions into the National CHA Program. Through this partnership, LMH will work with the Ministry of Health to improve the nutrition of pregnant women and children under five in rural communities in Grand Gedeh, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa counties through the following approaches:

  • Building CHA capacity to deliver core nutrition counseling and curative services
  • Strengthening clinical supervisor capacity to promote proper nutrition and identify barriers to access
  • Strengthening the referral pathway between communities and rural government clinics for children at risk of Severe Acute Malnutrition
  • Studying nutrition-related health indicators to develop understanding on behalf of the Ministry of Health and implementing partners as to the causes of nutritional deficiencies in rural Liberia

Overall Goal

The goal of the project is to improve nutrition-related health outcomes and disrupt the cycle of poverty in the remote communities of Grand Gedeh, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa Counties by leveraging the potential of CHAs to deliver high-quality nutrition counseling and curative services to patients from gestation to early childhood.