ECFMG/FAIMER Awards $180,000 in Grants to Support Global Community Health Projects

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Ending Preventable Deaths in Togo is one of six recipients of the 2019 Projects That Work Awards

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) on Monday announced the award recipients from the 2019 Projects That Work competition. Each of the six projects will receive a $30,000 grant from ECFMG/FAIMER and the opportunity to send a representative to present the project on the world stage.

Launched in 2013, Projects That Work is an annual international competition that shines a spotlight on projects that have had a significant impact on the health of communities and the education of health professionals. This year, for the first time, ECFMG/FAIMER is awarding $180,000 to help recipients expand their work. A representative from each project will present his/her project at the 2019 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) to be held September 10-13 in Darwin, Australia.

“The projects are an important link between capacity building of health workers and impact on community health,” says William Burdick, MD, FAIMER’s Vice President for Education. “Our Projects That Work competition highlights the teamwork, innovation, and evaluation that characterize the best of these. We are committed to improving world health through education, and these outstanding projects help advance that important mission.”

For this year’s competition, ECFMG/FAIMER received 53 applications from around the world. Applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education.

The 2019 projects and representatives are:

Project: Chamas for Change: An Integrated Maternal and Child Peer Support and Micro-finance Model in Western Kenya
Country: Kenya
Representative: Laura Ruhl

Chamas for Change is a Community Health Volunteer (CHV)-led peer-support model that empowers women with health education and microfinance literacy during pregnancy and throughout their children’s infancy. Women participating in the program are engaged over three years. They join during the antenatal period and continue through the first and second years postpartum. The intervention combines best practices from women’s health groups and microfinance programs to improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) outcomes. Currently, nearly 2,000 women participate in 122 chamas (societies), led by 214 CHVs across the participating counties. A pilot study was conducted and showed a very positive impact on MNCH, and they are in the process of conducting a larger-scale validation study.

Project: ECO-SAN
Country: Rwanda
Representative: Ange Seminega

ECO-SAN was formed in May 2015 as a collaboration between the University of Rwanda and Water for People, to construct latrines for 17 selected families and at three schools for the Batwa, a socially marginalized group in Rwanda that face significant discrimination in education, housing, and employment. There is a high rate of diarrhea and pneumonia-related diseases among the Batwa, so this project aims to raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation through school education and monthly community meetings. The ECO-SAN project has taught thousands of community members proper hygiene techniques, how to properly take care of the latrines, and how to build new ones. By the end of the first year there was a sharp decrease in diarrhea and pneumonia-related cases.

Project: Ending Preventable Deaths in Togo
Country: Togo
Representative: Attisso Komlan Désiré Dabla

The Integrate Health program is aimed at raising the standard of emergency maternal care in under-served and rural areas of Togo, where maternal and child (under five) mortality rates are very high and many of these deaths are from diseases that are entirely treatable at very low costs. The program trains, equips, and supervises community health workers to provide home-based care, and trains traditional healers to help identify danger signs and refer sick women and children to appropriate care. It was piloted effectively in three rural communities and one peri-urban community from 2015 to 2018, and preliminary data indicates a 50 percent reduction in child mortality in those pilot communities.

Project: Improving Malawian Pediatric Assessment and Care through Training (IMPACT)
Country: Malawi
Representative: Charles Mulilima

The IMPACT project began in 2014 to fill the need of providing pre-service Emergency Triage, Assessment, and Treatment (ETAT) training to healthcare professionals in Malawi, ensuring effective patient care to even the most isolated regions. Pre-service ETAT training has been implemented at three universities to teach medical and nursing students early identification management of children with emergency conditions. IMPACT is responsible for the training of lecturers and mobilizing resources for student training. The project leaders also offer refresher training sessions for former students and have developed participant and facilitator manuals for pre-service use. With IMPACT, many new physicians are adequately trained in ETAT procedures and have the skills to perform quality in-patient pediatric care to reduce child mortality.

Project: The Mfangano Health Navigation Program
Country: Kenya
Representative: Robinson Okeyo

The Organic Health Response (OHR) and the Ekialo Kiona Center (EKC) developed the Health Navigation Program to sustainably strengthen maternal emergency care in the Mfangano Island region along the shores of Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. Approximately 30,000 people reside in these remote fishing communities, which are a two-hour boat ride from the mainland and have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in East Africa. Since the project began in 2014, OHR-EKC has trained more than 30 Health Navigators who have aided with nearly 550 emergency transfers between island facilities and mainland hospitals, with an average response time of 14.44 minutes. This project developed comprehensive referral protocols for two remote Ministry of Health facilities, has written safe birth plans for more than 310 pregnancies, and has implemented the region’s first 24-hour emergency boat service.

Project: Wax and Gold
Country: Ethiopia
Representative: Suzanne Hally

Wax and Gold, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, worked with the staff at Saint Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa to design a comprehensive program that trains existing hospital staff to provide on-site birthing care, attend all deliveries, and perform newborn stabilization and resuscitation. This Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) team is selected from hospital staff members who have Bachelor of Science degrees and a minimum of two years of bedside patient care experience. Baseline data taken before and after the employment of full-time NALS teams show that neonatal mortality decreased from 3.53 percent to .33 percent, and rate of admission into the newborn intensive care unit decreased from 22.8 percent to 10.4 percent in two years.

Eric Nizeyimana of Rwanda, who originally was selected as a 2018 Projects That Work recipient, also will present at the 2019 Network: TUFH conference. His project is titled Community-Based Malaria Prevention Empowerment.

For more information on the Projects That Work competition, visit www.faimer.org/project-competitions/projects-that-work.html.

Apply Now for the 2019 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2019 Projects That Work competition! This annual international competition shines a spotlight on projects that have had a significant impact on the health of communities and education of health professionals. This year, for the first time, FAIMER is excited to offer five grants of up to $30,000 each to help recipients expand their work.

Launched in 2013, Projects That Work has showcased more than 30 projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and had a significant impact on community health or health professions education over three or more years. “Projects are an important link between capacity building of health workers and impact on community health,” says William Burdick, M.D., FAIMER’s Vice President for Education. “Our Projects That Work competition highlights the teamwork, innovation, and evaluation that characterize the best of these.”

Past projects have focused on issues such as point-of-care diabetes testing in Cameroon, medical technology aimed at improving maternal and child health in India, hygiene and water sanitation projects in Rwanda, and malnutrition reduction field training in the Philippines, to name just a few. By providing the leaders of these projects with the opportunity to present their work to large audiences at the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), FAIMER also aims to serve the international health care community at large by broadly disseminating information about what works.

Applications for 2019 Projects That Work grants must be completed online at https://faimer.fluidreview.com/res/p/projects-that-work/. Funding decisions will be made by a distinguished panel of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education, and up to five projects will be selected to receive grants. The recipients will present their projects at the 2019 conference of The Network: TUFH, being held September 10-13, 2019, in Darwin, Australia.

The deadline for application is March 8, 2019.

For more information on the Projects That Work competition, visit https://www.faimer.org/project-competitions/projects-that-work.html.

Winners of the 2018 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its sixth annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2018 Projects That Work competition are:

Shantharam Baliga (India)
Malaria Control System: GIS-based Software Technology Assistance for Effective Control of Malaria in Mangaluru, India

Maryellen Brisbois (United States)
Bridging the Atlantic: An International Alliance in Community Health among American and Azorean Nursing Students & Faculty

Reginaldo Freitas, Jr. (Brazil)
Barriguda Project: Promoting Maternal Health in a Quilombola Community of Brazil

María de la Paz Grebe (Argentina)
Posta Las Lilas: A Model of Integral Commitment to the Community

Eric Nizeyimana (Rwanda)
Community-based Malaria Prevention Empowerment

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended to February 18

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The Projects That Work competition, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2018 conference theme, Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach, for three years or longer. The Projects That Work initiative recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application has been extended to February 18, 2018. To apply, click here.

Apply Now for the 2018 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The Projects That Work competition, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2018 conference theme, Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach, for three years or longer. The Projects That Work initiative recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is February 11, 2018. To apply, click here.

Winners of the 2017 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of six winners of its fifth annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2017 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2017 Projects That Work competition are:

Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay)
Inclusion of Pediatric Palliative Care in the School of Medicine Courses in Uruguay

Julieta Dorado (Philippines)
Malnutrition Reduction Program: Field Testing, Implementation, Monitoring and Process of a Nutrition Intervention Strategy for Young Children

Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India)
‘Danta Suraksha’- A Multisectoral Approach for Oral Health Promotion among School Children

Jana Muller (South Africa)
The Interprofessional Collaborative Care Project

Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda)
The Structured and Collaborative Clinical Teaching Training Program for Nursing Preceptors

Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon)
Infrastructure Building for Degree Level Nursing Education in Cameroon

(posted January 27, 2017; updated February 7, 2017)

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended to December 11

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2017 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The Projects That Work competition, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2017 conference theme, Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health, for three years or longer. The Projects That Work initiative recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application has been extended to December 11, 2016. To apply, click here.

(posted September 21, 2016; updated November 30, 2016)

Winners of the 2016 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its fourth annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held July 26-30 at China Medical University in Shenyang, China. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2016 Projects That Work competition are:

Doreen Mloka (Tanzania)
Molding Residents for Preceptorships to Improve Tanzania’s Health Professions Education

Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon)
Infrastructure Building for Degree Level Nursing Education in Cameroon

Eric Rucogoza (Rwanda)
Hygiene and Water Sanitation

Marco Sosa (Colombia)
Community Intervention Projects Integrate Public Health Essential Functions (PHEF) into Curriculum of Medicine

Jachin Velavan (India)
Primary Healthcare Training for Community Lay-leaders by Building Trusting Partnerships

Apply Now for the 2016 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2016 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Organized by The Network: TUFH and China Medical University, the conference will be held in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, July 26-30, 2016. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2016 conference theme, Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform, for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is April 15, 2016. To apply, click here.