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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 14, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 17
JHPIEGO Awarded Over $21 Million for African Community Health Initiatives

By Mona Rock

JHPIEGO has received more than $21 million from the U.S. government and the GE and ExxonMobil foundations to conduct training programs related to HIV/AIDS, malaria in pregnancy and infection prevention in South Africa, Angola, Nigeria and Uganda.

As part of ExxonMobil Foundation's continued initiatives to fight malaria in Africa, JHPIEGO received $1 million to implement a second year of malaria-in-pregnancy activities; specifically, the funding will be used to continue to improve the quality of services delivered at health facilities and by community health workers in Nigeria and Angola. Each year, 30 million African women become pregnant in countries with high levels of malaria transmission and have no access to proper preventive or treatment options.

An $850,000 multiyear grant from GE Foundation will be used to help improve infection prevention and control practices at community health centers and to address the lack of community access at specific hospitals in Uganda's southwest Isingiro District. This grant supports GE's corporate initiative called Developing Health Globally, which aims to improve community health and reduce infant and maternal mortality in selected regions across 10 countries in Africa.

The United States Agency for International Development has provided JHPIEGO with nearly $20 million to conduct HIV and AIDS treatment and related services in the South African provinces of Eastern Cape, Northern Cap and Limpopo. Under this award, JHPIEGO will support USAID and South African government goals through building local and national human and institutional capacity to promote provision of antiretroviral treatment services.

Together with one of its partners, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, JHPIEGO will promote and implement task shifting within antiretroviral treatment services to enable nurses to provide more services. It is a major initiative to move the role from physicians to nurses in South Africa so that more South Africans living with HIV will receive needed care and treatment and live longer and productive lives.


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