Summer 2016
Welcome to our Member Highlights eNewsletter!
CORE Group is proud of the many accomplishments of our
so every quarter we highlight their achievements in this newsletter.

The next newsletter will go out at the end of November. Submissions are open here and will remain open until November 15. 
Featured Member

Larry Sthreshley
DRC Country Director, IMA World Health

Larry spoke with us all the way from the DRC to discuss what led him to IMA, what inspires him in his work, and IMA's biggest strengths in the global health sphere.

"What really makes me happy at the end of the day is the relationships I have with these people I've been working with for so long and the enthusiasm I see from them as we make change."

New Reports, Studies, Guides & Tools

Women's Refugee Commission
This report describes a project that supports organizations of women with disabilities to advocate on humanitarian issues at national, regional, and global levels. A global mapping identified and documented the role of these organizations in humanitarian response, and effective strategies for inclusion of women and girls with disabilities.

Findings from a study in Bangladesh, by FANTA partner UC-Davis, show that prenatal lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) can improve birth outcomes in Bangladeshi women, especially those at higher risk of fetal growth restriction. Supplementation during pregnancy reduced newborn stunting, low BMI, and small head size in the study population. 

Concern Worldwide
A key component of the  RAIN project was to document evidence of both impact and process for application in other contexts and at scale, through a rigorous evaluation design.  RAIN targeted children during the critical period from conception through 24 months of age, roughly equivalent to the first 1,000 days of life, through integrated agriculture, nutrition and health community based interventions.

Catholic Relief Services
These learning briefs share insights from disaster risk reduction projects in the  Response, Recovery and Resilience (R3) program in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia, which aims to build the resilience of underserved vulnerable communities to multiple natural disasters.

Pathfinder International
Despite significant achievements, remaining health systems weaknesses and inequitable use of quality health services persist in Bangladesh.This technical brief explores performance-based grants implementation and offers insights on the use of pay-for-performance mechanisms at the NGO level in Bangladesh. 

Freedom from Hunger
CARD MRI is a large microfinance institution in the Philippines that actively collaborates with the private and public health sector to improve health outcomes of its clients and the communities it serves. This report highlights findings from a program evaluation assessing outcomes from a maternal health program and demonstrates how the financial and health sectors can collaborate on a common goal. 

Action Against Hunger
The M&E Guidelines are designed to be used by either sector-specific projects or by multi- sector (integrated) programs, and in either humanitarian or development contexts.  This guide to M&E is not exhaustive, but provides a cross-cutting and multi-sector approach to  planning for and implementing M&E throughout a project lifecycle.

SPRING's Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies provide new evidence to help countries understand how nutrition-related activities are prioritized and funded, focusing on the effect that national nutrition action plans have on these processes in two different contexts: Uganda and Nepal.

Hesperian Health Guides
This 64-page resource, recently reprinted by Hesperian, provides a simple and complete guide to the basics of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.  Midwives and community health workers will find this an ideal teaching tool for both women and men, in the US and around the world. Available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Future Health Systems 
This brief draws from a systematic review and country case studies to reflect on the process of unlocking community capabilities, the key actors involved, and the productive tensions within community partnerships forged to build more responsive, resilient and equitable health systems.

Recent Journal Articles

Recent Blog Posts & Articles

Vitamin A at the Forefront of HKI's Work, Helen Keller International

CORE Group Members in the News

Honoring Ruth Messinger and Interfaith Collaboration on LGBT Issues, Episcopal Development & Relief, Huffington Post

Displaced and Forgotten in Central African Republic, Action Against Hunger, Al Jazeera
Upcoming Events

October 6 - 9, 2016 | Baltimore, MD | USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program
Participants in this weekend design challenge will work in teams to develop new ideas to accelerate Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) use among women who are good candidates for it. 

October 13 - 14, 2016 | Washington, DC | CORE Group
The conference, "Community Health Transitions: Leading for Impact," will highlight the variety of transitions seen in the field, and the opportunities and challenges they present. Join us to discuss emerging challenges and gaps in community health, and explore tools and interventions to address them through skill building, networking, and program learning.

October 17 - 19, 2016 | Washington, DC | Consortium of Universities for Global Health
This training course will provide a detailed exploration of the principle components of a successful proposal development process using capture management strategies.

November 14 - 16 2016 | Nairobi, Kenya | Catholic Relief Services
Members of the private sector, NGOs, academia and donor community will come together to learn from, share experiences and motivate each other in Responding with the Private Sector for Greater Nutrition Impact. 

April 6 - 9, 2016 | Washington, DC | Consortium of Universities for Global Health
The CUGH Annual Conference has become the world's leading academic global health conference. Please join us in April 2017 for the 8th annual CUGH conference; abstract proposals will begin to be accepted in August. 

April 27 - 28, 2017 | Saxapahaw, North Carolina | IntraHealth
SwitchPoint is a conference about creativity, partnership, and action. It's where humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology collide.  It focuses on unusual collaborations, spreading great ideas from around the world, and incubating yours.
Recent Conferences

July 18 - 19, 2016 | Washington, DC
The first-ever Cracking the Nut Health conference brought almost 200 participants from 25 countries to discuss mHealth innovations, the role of frontline health workers, private sector engagement, data access and ownership, and many more thought-provoking quandaries in this ever changing world. A Cracking the Nut Health publication is due out in late August. Sign up to receive notification of its release.  Connexus welcomes your ideas for future themes and venues. Please contact to make suggestions or to participate in next year's Advisory Committee.

April 8 - 11, 2016 | San Francisco, CA
The 7th Annual CUGH Conference, "Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health", had record attendance with over 1800 global health stakeholders from many different countries, institutions and disciplines attending. Videos, pictures and slides from the conference are now available online.
Member Announcements

The Elton John AIDS Foundation awarded a grant to HealthRight International to implement comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment for adolescents and women in Ukraine.

University of Iowa College of Public Health and Future Generations were both finalists in Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Read more from UI here.

This year marks Sarah Shannon's 20th year of service as Hesperian's Executive Director. Help to honor Sarah's career.

Operation Smile launched Until We Heal, a campaign to engage and inspire young people to advocate for the billions of people who do not have access to live-saving surgical care.

InsideNGO honored Pathfinder International's Program Systems Unit with its 2016 Excellence Award in Cross Operations at its annual conference in Washington, DC.

A new report by the UK Parliament's International Development Committee acknowledged the success of Malaria Consortium's SuNMaP Nigeria programme.

Helen Keller International debuted a new website for their Assessment & Research on Child Feeding project.
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