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State-of-the-art TB diagnosis

A critical step in minimizing tuberculosis (TB) transmission is the early identification and treatment of TB patients. More than 5,600 inmates of 10 prisons in Cambodia were systematically screened during a five-month period using chest X-ray, sputum examination and the new TB diagnostic Xpert® MTB/RIF, which is not as cumbersome as traditional diagnostics, gives results within two hours and detects drug resistance. All 104 prisoners who were diagnosed with TB began treatment; this will help to stop transmission among the prisoners and members of the general population with whom they come in contact.

Project: TB Care I
Funder: USAID

25,000 job seekers registered online

Connecting people to jobs

Partnering with Microsoft and Silatech, a Qatar-based nongovernmental organization, we are connecting job seekers and employers in Iraq through a web-based job portal. More than 25,000 job seekers have registered on the portal, searching for positions posted by about 300 active employers. Using social media, the project reaches more than 87,000 Iraqis with job offers, updates, resume tips and e-learning opportunities.

Project: The Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras)
Funder: USAID

Alive & Thrive

Exclusive breastfeeding rates climb

Breastfeeding saves lives, substantially improving infant health. Through media, health facilities and community interventions, we reached nearly 12 million households with messages, counseling and support to encourage breastfeeding. The result: In a three-year period, exclusive breastfeeding increased from 49% to 83% in Bangladesh and from 19% to 63% in Vietnam in program areas.

Project: Alive & Thrive
Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Tackling a dual epidemic

We supported the Government of Vietnam in the dramatic scale-up of methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) services. MMT reduces drug-associated crime, can reduce HIV risks by 54% and provides a path back to family and employment. By the end of 2013, 81 clinics in 30 provinces across the country were providing services to more than 16,000 heroin users.

Project: Sustainable Management of the HIV/AIDS Response and Transition to Technical Assistance
Funder: USAID

Photo by Jim Daniels

Preventing HIV in infants

We partnered with the Government of Nigeria to scale up HIV/AIDS services, including antiretroviral therapy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in 15 states. The number of sites providing quality PMTCT services in eight of the 12 priority states increased from about 400 in July 2013 to more than 2,000 in February 2014. This number is expected to grow to more than 3,000 sites in 2014 and reach more than one million pregnant women and their babies.

Project: Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services
Funder: USAID

50,000 clinicians reached

Spreading the word to manage asthma

About 25 million Americans have asthma, a lifelong and potentially fatal disease. To help disseminate clinical guidelines for managing asthma, FHI 360 developed a partnership program for the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI), reaching 50,000 clinicians and 20,000 asthma patients and caregivers in the U.S. over five years. Additionally, NACI media messages reached 50 million individuals.

Project: National Asthma Control Initiative
Funder: National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Photo by Jessica Scranton

Innovation in family planning

Our trailblazing work in contraceptive research and development continues, as we develop and introduce high-quality and affordable long-acting contraceptives for women in low-income countries. Research is under way to develop a new biodegradable contraceptive implant that would eliminate the need for removal services. We are also working with partners to develop an injectable contraceptive that would last for up to six months. Currently available injectables require reinjections monthly or quarterly, which can be challenging where health services are limited.

Project: Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative, Biodegradable Contraceptive Implants
Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID


Reading scores rise

Our work with the Ministry of Education and Regional State Education Bureaus is improving the quality of primary education in Ethiopia. An assessment of the reading skills of 4,800 students in grades 2 and 3 from 120 intervention schools showed reading comprehension increased from 8.8% to 15.7% for grade 2 and from 19.4% to 32.2% for grade 3 over three years.

Project: Improving the Quality of Primary Education Program
Funder: USAID

2,800 schools mapped

Better use of public funds

Until 2013, no one knew exactly how many schools existed in Liberia. Using GIS positioning and an FHI 360 tracking app, more than 2,800 schools have been precisely mapped. As many as 600 schools were found not to exist. The 25,600 public school teachers in existing schools will be tracked with a biometric-based ID card system that identifies who is qualified and working and has therefore earned their pay. Teacher attendance is beginning to be monitored in each school. Eliminating just 10% of unauthorized teachers and schools will save more than $3.5 million every year.

Project: Liberia Teacher Training Project II
Funder: USAID

Clean water + adequate sanitation = higher school attendance


Reducing childhood obesity

Childhood obesity in the U.S. has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. We developed a toolkit to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) in a landmark shift from nutrition education for individuals to obesity prevention strategies at the community level for the 47 million SNAP-Ed program participants.

Project: National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
Funder: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Graphic adapted from infographic: U.S. Childhood Obesity Trends. NCCOR.

Mobile Health

Patient care improves with smartphones

In the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, 175 nurses and doctors used smartphones and tablets preloaded with clinical and public health information. The mobile health library assisted all nurses and more than 80% of doctors in making accurate diagnoses. Moreover, all nurses and more than 92% of doctors were supported in prescribing correct treatment. The province is expanding the initiative to reach nearly 20,000 clinical personnel.

Project: Mobile Health Information System
Funder: Qualcomm Wireless Reach™

Sanitation Hygiene

Clean water and sanitation to keep kids in school

Safe water and adequate sanitation are linked to higher enrollment, improved attendance and better performance in school; without it, children cannot stay healthy and menstruating girls too often drop out of school altogether. We have worked with Zambia's Ministry of Education in the last two years to provide access to safe drinking water for more than 100,000 children. In addition, 80,000 children use improved sanitation facilities in more than 200 primary schools. Children are taking home lessons on hygiene and handwashing to share with their families.

Project: Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene
Funder: USAID

100,000 farmers and herders benefited

Technology aids adaptation to climate change

More than 100,000 farmers and herders in Uganda benefited from more timely weather forecasts and information on water conservation, land management, crop and livestock prices, and other key data to help mitigate the negative impact of climate change — all delivered through mobile phones, FM radios and community loudspeakers.

Project: Climate Change Adaptation and ICT
Funder: International Development Research Centre

Photo by Jessica Scranton

Employment increases for young women

Empowering girls and women to make the leap from school to employment is key to development. In Tanzania, our life skills mentoring, training and internship program for young women had a 100% completion rate. Approximately 80% of the program's 110 participants are now in long-term employment.

Project: Improving Girls' Secondary Education and Employment Opportunities
Funder: Johnson & Johnson


Empowering future leaders

Through a program lasting over 14 years, we provided scholarships, leadership training and service opportunities to cultivate 254 leaders from seven southern African countries. Based on the African value of Ubuntu, roughly translated as "humanity toward others," the program emphasizes interconnectedness and responsibility for one another. In 2013, one of our fellows was named as an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Another fellow was recognized as an international expert on migration.

Project: Kellogg Southern Africa Leadership
Funder: W. K. Kellogg Foundation


Quality infectious diseases research

We provide a wide range of support to clinical investigators conducting international research on infectious diseases. Technical and management assistance in clinical site operations, protocol development, biostatistics, data management and training are just a few of the ways our scientists and other experts are improving the quality of infectious diseases research. In 2013 alone, we worked with investigators and research staff from 32 countries, conducted 11 site assessments and six on-site trainings.

Project: International Clinical Studies Support Center
Funder: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

21,000 people reached through radio programs

Promoting peace and strengthening governance

An engaged civil society and an able, collaborative government are the cornerstones of thriving communities and countries. In Senegal, we brought together 658 people from government and civil society for trainings on topics from anticorruption and transparency to tax reform. We supported nationwide networks of women and youth for peace, and we reached approximately 21,000 people through radio programs that promoted peace and reconciliation.

Project: Peace and Governance Program in Senegal
Funder: USAID

Photo by Panos Pictures

Landmark integration of services

In Nepal, we have led the integration of family planning into HIV services, which is a key strategy for increasing access to contraception and preventing unintended pregnancies among populations disproportionately affected by HIV. More than 110,000 people living with HIV and AIDS, migrants and their spouses, and female sex workers and their clients have been reached in 33 of 75 districts across the country, through 15 HIV prevention partners, 54 clinics, and 56 community- and home-based care teams.

Project: Saath-Saath
Funder: USAID

Photo by Hess Corporation

College and career readiness

In the U.S. state of North Dakota, about 2,300 teachers, 220 administrators and 150 counselors and career advisors received professional development, support and guidance through seven regional education associations. Their mission is to help students become better prepared for college and 21st century careers. Moreover, about 3,500 students participated in activities such as career fairs and special math and science courses.

Project: Succeed 2020
Funder: Hess Corporation

Photo by Jessica Scranton

Data to improve refugee schools

More than 25 partners have used our "Kmobile Schools" app to collect data on refugee schools in 13 countries, serving a total of more than 1.7 million students. Data is collected on numbers of students, teachers and textbooks; sanitation and security; and geo-positioning. Over the next three years, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Department of Education plans to roll out this tool to partners and schools, improving the ability to monitor education quality and place resources where they are most needed.

Project: UNHCR Refugee School EIM
Funder: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Treating acute malnutrition

Most guidelines to treat malnutrition in adults are adaptations of protocols developed for children and do not take into account the special needs of adolescents and adults. For the treatment of acute malnutrition in adolescents and adults in Mozambique, the Ministry of Health adopted national guidelines and monitoring forms that were developed through our Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA). These actions will facilitate standardized, high-quality treatment of acute malnutrition across the country. FANTA provides technical assistance in 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to strengthen nutrition and food security policies, programs and systems.

Project: Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III
Funder: USAID

Photo by Panos Pictures

Generating evidence to keep girls in school

In India, girls in disadvantaged communities drop out of secondary school at high rates. To identify the key reasons why, we conducted an in-depth, mixed-method research study on the barriers to girls' secondary school education in Madhya Pradesh, India. The study provided specific recommendations for improving girls' access to secondary school and preventing dropout.

Project: Madhya Pradesh Girls' Secondary Education Study
Funder: UK aid

132.2 million people treated for some of the most prevalent tropical diseases

Treating devastating tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases affect the health of more than one billion people worldwide. We strengthened government programs that treated more than 132.2 million people for some of the most prevalent tropical diseases in five Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam) and five African countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo), resulting in immediate improvements in health, especially among children, and major reductions in transmission.

Project: End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Asia and End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa
Funder: USAID


Partnering to keep children healthy and in school

With the help of TOMS Shoes, we provided hundreds of thousands of new shoes to children in Kenya and Senegal. Shoes help protect children's feet from cuts, infections and diseases, and, because shoes are a required part of compulsory school uniforms, they also improve school access and attendance. We have expanded this partnership to Tanzania and are exploring new ways to work together in other regions.

Family planning + HIV prevention = healthier communities

2,000 people trained

Protecting fish and jobs

We brought together government, the private sector and communities to promote sustainable fisheries practices, while improving livelihoods and biodiversity in Cambodia, Honduras and Mozambique. Over four years, 26 policies, laws, agreements or regulations promoting natural resource management and conservation were implemented. Nearly 1.3 million square miles of biological significance had improved management, and more than 2,000 people were trained in natural resource management or biodiversity conservation.

Project: Global FISH Alliance
Funder: USAID, Darden Restaurants, Inc.

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