Winter 2016
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Featured Member
Nene Diallo
Director of Health, Africare

Nene sat down with us to discuss what led to her career shift from pediatric medicine to public health, what inspires her in her work, and Africare's biggest strengths in the global health sphere. 

"When I joined Africare in 2007 I really fell in love with public health. When I compared what a physician does in an office in Africa to what Africare was doing in rural areas and hard-to-reach communities in Africa I was really impressed."
New Reports, Studies, Guides, and Tools
The formative qualitative research described within this report and led by URC is one component of the overall Mawa Nutrition Operations Research project. The research explores behavioral and cultural factors associated with sex-based differences in undernutrition rates and provides recommendations for adapting nutrition activities to respond to these factors.

This guide provides the critical information and tools that organizations, projects, and practitioners need to initiate, produce, and disseminate a participatory community-video approach for maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN).  This approach is a revolutionary tool for nutrition and health behavior change, blending innovative, low-cost, accessible technology with the strength of human-mediated interpersonal communication techniques. 
Malaria Consortium
Malaria Consortium's inSCALE project has been working in Uganda to help scale up quality integrated community case management programmes to improve child health. This Learning Paper details the process of establishing Village Health Clubs that aim to improve the motivation and performance of community health workers - known as village health team members in Uganda.

Pathfinder International
Wout Changman Yo Jwet - Creole edition of Pathways to Change game
The Pathways to Change game is designed to make the concept of behavior change more understandable. This low-literacy Haitian Creole version of Pathways to Change uses simple symbols to represent the factors at the personal, social, and environmental levels that make it harder or easier for someone to make a change in behavior. 

Catholic Relief Services
This manual should serve as the framework for implementing and carrying out a parenting curriculum which trainers adapt to meet the needs of their particular interests. The manual is primarily targeted for implementers working with children ages 12 and younger, although adolescent development is briefly covered as an introduction to the continuation of development throughout the life cycle. 
IntraHealth International
The case studies provide insights on how global accountability, such as commitments made to international stakeholders, can catalyze action and advance national health objectives.

Food for the Hungry
The newly redesigned Behavior Bank, hosted by the Food Security and Nutrition Network, features results from Barrier Analysis and Doer/NonDoer Studies conducted by food security and other practitioners globally.  You can browse the database by country, region, and behavior studied to look for results for a particular area/behavior, or to look for patterns of barrier and enablers for a particular behavior or set of behaviors.

This total market approach (TMA) planning guide was produced from PATH's TMA work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Vietnam. The document contains practical information and specific tools to help organizations and other planners conduct a landscape assessment, the first phase in developing a TMA.
Action Against Hunger
In 2011, Action Against Hunger began supporting a sustainable approach to integration of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) for SAM in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Yobe State, Nigeria. This report describes their approach.

CALL FOR ACTION: Coming Together to Expand Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth, including Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Pathfinder International, Evidence 2 Action, PSI, Marie Stopes International, and FHI 360 have launched a global consensus statement as a vehicle to generate awareness about the right of all young people to access a full range of contraceptive methods, including LARCs.   More than 40 organizations and 200 individuals have endorsed the statement to date. 

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to add their voice and endorsing the statement online here
Recent Journal Articles

This article shows the results of health-related activities executed by an international nongovernmental organisation to sustainably strengthen the capacity of the health system in delivering essential health services to pregnant women and children under two years of age, including newborns and infants. 

Healthcare workers (HCWs) play pivotal roles in outbreak responses. Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak spread to Lagos, Nigeria, in July 2014, infecting 11 HCWs (case fatality rate of 45%). This study was conducted during the outbreak to assess HCWs' EVD-related knowledge and practices.

Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Epidemiology, Mechanisms, and Lifelong Effect, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Lancet

Recent Blog Posts and Articles
The first year of ACCESS-SMC, a UNITAID-funded project to deliver seasonal malaria chemoprevention to 10 million children across the Sahel has yielded some encouraging results. This article explains the results and what this means for the future.

Action Against Hunger and research partners are working to develop an innovative new "MUAC" tool that could empower mothers and caregivers to screen their children for undernutrition at home -- and revolutionize the way health workers estimate the nutritional status of children.

Dr. Diallo worked at JSI from 2002-2015,  under the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT and the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project. This news is important information for any CORE Group Members with programs in Guinea, especially as the country works to recover from the Ebola crisis.

10 Global Health Issues to Follow in 2016, IntraHealth International

Introducing Orange Sweet Potatoes into Nepal, Helen Keller International
Featured Social Media Posts
New Global Health eLearning Course: Improving Health Care Quality

The USAID ASSIST Project launched an eLearning course on Improving Health Care Quality through USAID's Global Health eLearning Center. Free and open to learners from around the world, this course is the first of its kind to focus on quality improvement approaches and methodologies for low-resource settings. 

Learn more and take the course here.

Upcoming Events
March 6 - 11, 2016
Mbour, Senegal
This highly interactive workshop, for French-speakers, will engage participants in learning about GMP's culturally-grounded methodology to promote sustainable change in social norms and behavior.  Attendees will learn how to increase results of community programs by involving elders, specifically grandmothers as change agents; by strengthening communication between generations; and by using communication/ education methods based on dialogue and consensus-building.
April 21 - 22, 2016
Saxapahaw, North Carolina
SwitchPoint focuses on great ideas, tools, and people making a real difference in the world in areas such as humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology. The conference seeks collaboration among unusual parties, bringing together the brightest thinkers and entrepreneurs from multiple industries to innovate and collaborate on solutions to critical issues. SwitchPoint will challenge you to stretch your boundaries, categories, comfort zones, and contacts.
May 16 - 20, 2016
Portland, OR
Join CORE Group for a week of skill building, networking, and program learning on the theme of "Achieving Health for All through Multi-dimensional Approaches." The keynote speaker is Shawn Baker, Director of Nutrition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Early-bird registration is open through February 28!

June 2016
Washington, DC
Cracking the Nut® Health: Global Health System Strengthening and Resilience will address the need for more attention and resources to strengthen community health systems from the ground up. This important participatory learning event will bring together over 300 private and public sector individuals and development professionals to discuss facilitating public and private sector support of health care systems, maximizing cost-effective community health care solutions, and ensuring knowledge sharing and linkages from community levels to global levels.
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