International Community Health Network
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Children learning how to wash their hands at one of MTI's Oral Rehydration Points in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh as part of MTI's response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
February 2018
Welcome to the monthly e-newsletter of the
International Community Health Network!
Sharing the latest news and resources from CORE Group , our membership , and the broader global health community.

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CORE Group Announcements
CORE Group Polio Project: Polio Eradication Toolkit Now Available!
This toolkit catalogs many of the materials created and used by each CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) country. There are community mobilization tools, monitoring and evaluation documents, training resources, and materials for a wide range of polio eradication approaches.

These resources inform, educate, organize, empower, and promote the work of thousands of community health workers who support vaccination campaigns, conduct community-based Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance, promote routine immunization, track the vaccination status of under-fives, newborns, and pregnant women, and mobilize communities to actively participate in immunization services. Some of these tools are technical and organizational in scope, such as templates that keep track of activities and record findings during immunization campaigns. Other tools are used to provide instruction or reinforce health information through interactive discussions; some learning tools are tailored to address low literacy and adapted to country or regional contexts.

These tools have been used to lead, support or coordinate the current eradication and disease surveillance efforts in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan. While the tools were originally developed by and for CGPP countries over the years, the content of many of these tools can be adapted for practical application to support other health initiatives that aim at eliminating or reducing vaccine-preventable diseases.

Register Now: A Conversation with D.C.'s NGO Leadership: On Career Paths and the Future of International Development
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 12:30-2:30 PM EST
Where: InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210 - The Asia Room, Washington, D.C. 20036

Join CORE Group's Young Professionals Network as we host a distinguished panel of executives coming from different international development NGOs in Washington, D.C. They will share insights about their professions - how they progressed throughout their careers; reflections on the evolution and current landscape of international development; and, perhaps more importantly, forecasts to what the future holds, especially for the new generation of policymakers and practitioners of which our young professionals are a part.

Lisa Hilmi, Executive Director, CORE Group
Dr. Stephen Mutwiwa, Chief of Party, USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Rwanda
Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director, Global Health Council
Sam Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, InterAction
(We have a few more coming soon!)

Register Now: June 2018 Global Health Practitioner Conference
Early registration is now open for the next Global Health Practitioner Conference, to be held on June 4 - 7, 2018 in Bethesda, MD, USA. The conference will focus on community health action for the humanitarian-development nexus.

Submit your Session Proposals for the June 2018 Global Health Practitioner Conference
CORE Group is requesting proposals for the following conference sessions:

Deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018.
2018 Dory Storms Award Nominations Now Open!
Each year CORE Group asks our membership to nominate a deserving individual for the Dory Storms Award. This award is presented annually by CORE Group to "a person(s) recognized for exceptional efforts resulting in more effective child survival program implementation and increased impact in improving the health of the poorest of the poor including mothers, children, and infants in underserved communities throughout the world."

More information regarding nominations can be found here. Nominations are due March 1, 2018.
We're Hiring - Join Our Team!
CORE Group is currently hiring for the following positions:

Global Engagement Updates
  • CORE Group Executive Director Lisa Hilmi joined WHO and other global leaders on a panel, “Communicating Risk during Epidemics: Can I trust you?,” at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on January 29 - February 3, 2018. Learn more here.
Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meetings
The Social Accountability TAG met several times and is formulating key areas to move forward and engage with partners, in conjunction with the CHSSS WG.

The Disability TAG has created a draft TOR with 5 Goals and will be meeting soon. Look out for the announcement!

The interim NCD Interest Group co-chair is Dr. Arti Varanasi from Advancing Synergy. A meeting announcement will be sent out in mid-February. Additionally, a webinar on NCD prevention and adolescents is scheduled for February 21, 2018.
Member Updates
  • The Global Health Division of Chemonics received $23.8 million for a five-year contract for the Mozambique Integrated Malaria Program (IMaP). The project will help to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality through increasing the utilization and uptake of malaria prevention and control interventions at the facility and community levels.

  • The Global Health Division of Chemonics received $90 million for a five-year contract for the Advancing Universal Health Coverage (AUHC) project in Bangladesh. AUHC is a research and development contract that will facilitate the transformation of the Smiling Sun Network. AUHC will introduce innovative business and operational models, create research-based health service packages for the poor, and experiment with new health service delivery channels. AUHC will systematically use scientific and technical knowledge to design, develop, test, and evaluate potential new products and services (or improve existing ones) to advance UHC in Bangladesh. This process will include functions of design, prototyping, testing, and scaling successful approaches.

Hesperian Health Guides
  • Hesperian won the OpenIDEO challenge to address the question: "How might we provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to girls and women affected by conflict or disaster?" Over 260 entries were submitted and Hesperian's app was chosen as one of 8 ideas with the most potential to improve women and girls' reproductive health choices in emergency settings. The organization is working in partnership with Ipas to test and implement a Menstrual Regulation mobile app with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
New Resources
This brief examines common health financing mechanisms within the context of UHC and how the full range of family planning services could be made accessible, particularly to underserved populations. Making progress toward universal health coverage and unsatisfying unmet needs for family planning is a long-term process, but one that can be accelerated. Advocates can champion better coverage of family planning by building the evidence base, promoting inclusion of private providers, and gaining a better understanding of the concepts and language of health financing.
Since late 2014, SPRING has worked at the community and national levels to help reduce stunting and anemia in the Kyrgyz Republic through the uptake of 11 evidence-based practices. These practices, tailored to the Kyrgyz context, support optimal breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding of children, dietary diversity throughout the year, reduced consumption of junk food, handwashing at critical times, and other household-level behaviors targeting women and children in the first 1,000 days (from pregnancy to two years).
People in Need
The guidance was prepared based on consultations with Gender and M&E experts, reviews of over 80 existing resources and surveys, and People In Need's field experience.

IndiKit was developed by the Czech INGO People in Need (PIN). It aims to make monitoring and evaluation of relief and development interventions easier and better -by helping humanitarian and development workers to use well-formulated project indicators and to correctly collect and analyze the data required for each indicator.
Malaria Consortium
This brief shares Malaria Consortium's experiences from implementing integrated community-based interventions in Ethiopia. It highlights key learning around the impact of behavior communication change strategies on malaria control and prevention awareness and on the uptake on health services, offering recommendations for policy and practice.
WHO Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a Positive Pregnancy Experience
USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and World Health Organization
These two new briefs explore policy and program considerations for adopting and implementing the recommendations in an individual country context. The overview brief summarizes and presents highlights of the 2016 WHO ANC recommendations. The brief on ultrasound examination presents highlights of the WHO recommendation related specifically to routine antenatal ultrasound examination. The goal of the WHO 2016 ANC recommendations is to improve utilization and quality of routine ANC care within the context of person-centered health and well-being as part of a broader, rights-based approach. These summary briefs are intended for use by policymakers, program managers, educators and health care providers.
Designed for clinicians and nurses, this training course covers all aspects of case management of a child with SAM with medical complications. Since clinical practice is an essential part of trainings, the course provides daily clinical practice in management of SAM so that participants can apply the skills correctly when they return to their own hospitals. The course includes three guides, seven training modules, and supporting reference material.
High Impact Practices for Family Planning
This document is intended to lead program managers, planners, and decision-makers through a strategic process to identify effective investments for engaging men in efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health. In this guide, male engagement refers to the involvement of men and boys in family planning programs across life stages, including addressing gender norms and gender equality.
Malaria Consortium
To improve knowledge of malaria transmission, prevention, and care-seeking in Mozambique, Malaria Consortium effectively integrated malaria education sessions into primary schools activities in the districts of Niassa and Nampula. This brief highlights important lessons and challenges for further implementation, and points out the necessary next steps to maximize the impact and sustainability of this innovative approach.
Featured Opportunities
February 26-March 23, 2018 | TechChange
For the past 5 years, TechChange has offered a flagship course on mHealth. They have expanded and revamped their curriculum to explore a broader range of innovations that are transforming the public health landscape. This new 4-week online certificate course will explore how a range of emerging technologies - blockchain, artificial intelligence, drones, sensors and Internet of things, wearable devices, and more -- are contributing to patient care and management, disease tracking, point-of-care support, health education, remote monitoring, diagnostics, supply chain management & logistics.
Deadline: March 5, 2018 | The Global Fund
Organizations submitting proposals must look at strengthening their own capacity as regional/global network of TB activist and provide support to peer regional and local networks in the following key four areas: (1) capacity development and meaningful engagement; (2) human rights and gender; (3) community mobilization and advocacy for finding missing cases; and (4) financial and technical cooperation.
June 11-22, 2018 | McGill University Global Health Programs
Deadline: May 1, 2018 (February 28 for applicants who require a visa to travel to Canada)
The McGill Summer Institute features internationally known faculty, a focus on highly applicable new knowledge, and an opportunity to network with fellow global health professionals from around the world. The unique format of short non-credit professional development courses attracts a diverse group of participants, from industry leaders to NGO's, academics and researchers, and advocacy group members.
Recent & Upcoming Events
January 23, 2018 | Online | SPRING
The practical application of nutrition-sensitive agriculture continues to be a challenge for development practitioners all over the world. To gain a better understanding of how agriculture interventions can contribute to improved nutrition, USAID's flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), partnered with USAID and nongovernmental organizations operating in Zambia to learn from agriculture and food security activities implementing nutrition-sensitive interventions.

This webinar discussed findings and recommendations and what they mean for future programming in Zambia and nutrition-sensitive programs worldwide.
February 21, 2018 | Online | PLAN International, Advancing Synergy, NCD Child
Join this webinar to learn about NCDs prevention in the context of the SDGs and young people's health. Outcomes of the recent Global NCD Forum, with a focus on the roadmap to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, will be discussed.
February 21, 2018 | Online | Breakthrough ACTION and VectorWorks
Sleeping under a mosquito net is one of the most effective ways to avoid malaria infection. While millions of nets have been distributed globally, only half of those persons at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa slept under a net in 2016. However, not all non-users have a net available to use. Using standard Demographic Health Survey/Malaria Indicator Survey Data, it is possible to calculate the proportion of people who could use a net and compare this with the proportion who report use of a net the previous night. This results in an indicator that can help malaria program planners target activities and make better use of resources, based on data. Join Breakthrough ACTION and VectorWorks for a webinar discussion on making sense of your net use and access statistics and how to use the data to strengthen your malaria programming.
February 23, 2018 | New York, NY | Health Equity Initiative
The Summit will inform and engage participants through two distinct pathways: one dedicated to engagement through innovation think tanks and case studies on important determinants of health that emerged from the participants' feedback at the 2016 summit; and the other dedicated to presentations, training, case studies and consensus building on strategies for multisectoral partnerships via community and public engagement.
February 22, 2018 | Online | USAID Center for Resilience and Feinstein International Center at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Despite global improvements in malnutrition and under-five mortality child Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) continues to be an ongoing and alarming problem in post-emergency and protracted crises. The Feinstein International Center recently a discussion and related briefing paper on the scope of the problem, its drivers, and strategies for moving forward. Join USAID's Center for Resilience and Feinstein International Center as they host researchers and humanitarian practitioners for a discussion around this topic.
February 26 - 27, 2018 | London, United Kingdom | Bond
As the political and funding landscape continues to increase pressure on civil society, this two-day conference will challenge your thinking and stimulate debate around crucial current issues. You will get fresh insight from experts, exchange views with peers, and network with old and new people. 
February 27, 2018 | Washington, DC | USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and Wilson Center
Efforts to improve global health cannot be achieved without stronger health systems. In the 2017 Acting on the Call report, USAID estimated that investments in evidence-based healthy system strengthening activities could contribute to saving the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,000 women from 2016 to 2020 in priority countries. Join USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) for a discussion on health systems strengthening in the pursuit of improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services globally. 
March 7, 2018 | Online | WHO, PMNCH and IBP Initiative
Join the hosts for the second installment of "Telling the Implementation Story": WHO Tools for help Document. Focusing on the new SMRNCAH guide, the webinar will (1) discuss how the PRS was developed and how it builds upon existing reporting guidelines to facilitate complete and accurate reporting on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes of SMRNCAH programs; (2) offer insight into the uptake of the PRS by different agencies, programs and implementation researchers; and (3) discuss next steps and incorporation into decision-making processes.
March 16 - 18, 2018 | New York, NY | Consortium of Universities in Global Health
Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, students, implementers, and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health and discuss ways in which academia, NGOs, government and the private sector can address the global health challenges before us.
April 14 - 15, 2018 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut | Unite for Sight
GHIC is a must-attend event that convenes more than 2,000 professionals and
students who are interested in all aspects of health, development, and social entrepreneurship.
April 16 - 20, 2018 | Nusa Dua, Indonesia | Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, The Communication Initiative, Soul City Institute, UNICEF and BBC Media Action
The summit is organized to better understand what works in shifting social norms, changing behaviors and in amplifying the voice of those who have most at stake in the success of development efforts. It is designed to wrestle with the profound issues of social justice and agenda setting that affect these decisions. Look for CORE Group's Expo Table!
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