International Community Health Network
- Quarterly News -
October 2020
Save the Date for CORE Group's 2021 Global Health Practitioner Conference!
CORE Group's next Global Health Practitioner Conference (GHPC21), Unlocking Potential: Prioritizing Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being in the New Decade will be held virtually from January 27-28, 2021. GHPC 2021 will continue the dialogue and action from our July virtual event Lives in the Balance: A COVID-19 Summit for the Health and Well-Being of Women, Children, and Adolescents hosted by CORE Group and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health (PMNCH).

This conference aims to strengthen commitment and technical assistance for child and adolescent health and empower young people to advocate for their rights to health and well-being; mobilize and strengthen cross-sectoral partnerships and innovation for child and adolescent health research, advocacy, implementation, and financing in the next decade; share evidence-based research, disaggregated data, and emerging solutions to ensure improved health outcomes for children and adolescents.
Interested in becoming a GHPC21 conference sponsor? Contact Maureen Lally - to secure your sponsorship today!
CORE Group Announcements
CORE Group Welcomes C19 Virtual Marketplace Country Coordinators!
In September, the CORE Group C19 Virtual Marketplace welcomed four Country Coordinators from Kenya, Nigeria, Somali, and Uganda.
The C19 Virtual Marketplace aggregates and matches needs and offers in real-time to provide direct access to information, supplies, and other resources that local civil society organizations (CSOs), Ministries of Health, and international nonprofit organizations (INGOs) may not know were available. Suppliers can connect directly with the end-users of their products and deliver resources like masks, gowns, gloves, sanitation kits, and training to where it’s needed most.
Do you have training or medical supply needs? Get on the platform and post your needs today!
Announcing the Launch of 4 New Courses for the COVID-19 Digital Classroom!
The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is a global initiative to provide high-quality, medically reviewed, multimedia content and training courses for community-based health workers and local communities globally. This quarter four new courses were launched:

Course 4: An Overview of Contact Tracing
Course 5: Home-based Care and Isolation for COVID-19
Course 6: Community-based Surveillance for COVID-19
Course 7: Risk Communication and Community Engagement for COVID-19
In addition to the new courses, three new animations were also launched:
1. COVID-19 Understanding Contact Tracing
2. Contact Tracing - Building Trust and Understanding
3. Home Care for COVID-19

The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is a partnership between the Community Health Academy at Last Mile Health, CORE Group, Medical Aid Films, TechChange, Translators without Borders, and UNICEF. 

Resources are available in Hindi, English, Spanish, French, Swahili, and Portuguese.
Did You Check Out CORE Group's 2019 Annual Report Yet?
We are excited to share our 2019 Annual Report with our members, partners, friends and supporters. Read our Annual Report to relive the highlights from last year including our inaugural Regional Global Health Practitioner Conference in Nairobi, Kenya; the GHPC Kenya Pitch Challenge; May 2019 Global Health Practitioner Conference; program updates; working group activities; and more!

Cover photo by our 2019 Annual Report Photo Contest Winners Joel Mercado and and Claire Boswell / Food for the Hungry.
ICYMI: CORE Group is a Partner on MOMENTUM for Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity
Photo credit: CGPP India
CORE Group is excited to work with JSI and M-RITE Partners PATH, Results for Development (R4D), The Manoff Group, Accenture Development Partners (ADP) and Gobee Group on this USAID-funded project to help strengthen routine immunization programs and advance maternal, newborn, and child health.

More information coming soon!
Announcing New Members of the 2020 CORE Group Board of Directors!
Ahmed Arale
Dr. Nabeel Akram Caroline Quijada
Alka Ahuja
We are pleased to present the new members of CORE Group's Board of Directors. The CORE Group Board of Directors is dedicated to advancing CORE Group’s mission, values, strategies, goals, priorities, and policies.
Become a CORE Group Member!
Contribute to Global Community Health Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic is a critical time to join together and collaborate for greater community health impact. CORE Group’s membership is made up of over 185 organizations and individual associates committed to advancing community health for underserved people in low- and middle-income countries around the world. Through our International Community Health Network, over 9,000 health and development professionals come together to share ideas, identify gaps and promising innovations, and collaborate to create the next generation of practical tools, guidance and insight. Join us today!

To learn more contact
Photo credit: Sarah Hamilton/Smile Train
Technical Working Group & Interest Group Activities
Noncommunicable Diseases: Continued a webinar series focused on the Integration of NCDs into Global Health Programs: A Roadmap Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030. The second session held in August was on Youth, NCDs, and the COVID-19 Pandemic and the third session held in September was on Youth Leaders Taking Action: Developing an NCDs-Focused Accountability Framework.

Systems for Health: Hosted a webinar on Co-Designing and Implementing An Approach for Strengthening Community-Inclusive Systems for Health. Participants heard about the philosophy of the co-design approach, its early implementation with Save the Children Kenya and the Food for Hungry experience.

Nutrition: Held a quarterly call to solicit feedback on re-prioritizing key activities and continued reviewing a draft position paper on addressing overweight/obesity in low and middle- income country contexts.

Disability-Inclusive: Convened a TAG Meeting to discuss workstream activities, COVID-19 updates, the TAG Membership database, and thematic discussion forums.
Member Updates
Save the Children
Save the Children and Pfizer partnered to develop this video Showcasing the Impact of Immunization in Malawi. As part of Pfizer’s commitment to fighting infectious disease and ensuring that no child is left behind when it comes to life-saving vaccines, they spoke to experts Dr. Mike Chisema, Jean Kachala and Save the Children International's Misozi Kambanje about the incredible impact of immunization in Malawi - including the substantial reduction in child mortality over the past two decades. Now, the work continues to ensure Malawi maintains its high vaccine coverage rates and protects future generations. 
Jhpiego and partners are launching a new initiative: AlignMNH: Collective Action for Maternal Newborn Health. Shaped by country engagement and priorities, AlignMNH will serve to amplify existing efforts; more rapidly disseminate emerging evidence and science; fuel country-led coordinated advocacy and action; identify, translate and curate learning that is actionable and accessible to guide program implementation; and promote mutual accountability. The launch event will be held on November 18, 2020.

AlignMNH is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Chemonics is co-hosting UNLEASH+ 2020, a 6 month pre-acceleration program designed to support teams having prototyped and tested a solution addressing the SDGs. It provides new tools, support from world-class experts, and access to relevant partners. The program’s goal is that teams design their solutions for scaled impact and successfully bring them to market. 
FHI 360
FHI Solutions, a subsidiary of FHI 360, has acquired 1,000 Days, an advocacy organization leading the fight to make the well-being of children in the first 1,000 days of life and their mothers a policy and funding priority. 
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Upcoming Events
October 28 | Online | Women in Global Health

October 30 - November 3 | Online | One Health Platform

November 5 | Online | IDEAL

November 18 | Online | AlignMNH

November 19-20 | Online | Global Health Council

December 7-9 | Online | Global Digital Health Network

SAVE THE DATE: Lives in the Balance 2: Achieving UHC in a Post COVID-19 World
December 10-11 | Online | PMNCH, UHC2030, and CORE Group

January 27-28 | Online| CORE Group
Find more upcoming global health events and submit your own:
New Resources
Featured Resource
CORE Group Polio Project
This article published in Global Health: Science and Practice assesses the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) experience over a 20-year period in 5 countries. It examines how a program designed to provide social mobilization to eradicate one disease, and which did so effectively, functioned within the general framework of community health workers (CHWs). Vertical health programs often have limited impact on broader community health. CGPP has a 20-year history of social mobilization and effective program interventions. This history provided an opportunity to assess how CGPP community mobilizers (CMs) functioned in polio and maternal and child health.
Home Based Care Reference Guide for COVID-19 (new translations available)| CORE Group Home-Based Care Task Force

OUR research, OUR rights| World Vision

The World's Women 2020 | UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Jobs and Other Opportunities

Senior Advisor, Capacity Strengthening, USAID Advancing Nutrition based in Arlington, VA with Helen Keller International

Program Specialist based in Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Health & Nutrition Project Manager based in Marib, Yemen with Medair
Find more employment opportunities:
CORE Group members are eligible to post jobs for free of cost as member benefit.
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