Fall 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 February. Submissions are open here and will remain open until February 15, 2017. 
Featured Member

Heather Howard
Heath Technical Advisor, American Refugee Committee (ARC)

Heather spoke to us from ARC HQ in Minneapolis, MN to discuss her career path, her current role at ARC, and ARC's biggest strengths in the global community health.

"We work in some of the toughest communities in the world...and ARC is able to get there. ARC is able to deliver health services, get community health workers out into the field to deliver vaccines and health information. We are there, and that's absolutely our strength."
New Reports, Studies, Guides & Tools

Institute for Reproductive Health
This how-to guide provides the tools and instructions to implement the GREAT Project, an evidence-based international development intervention that improved gender norms related to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in Northern Uganda.

Guide des sages-femmes (A Book for Midwives)
Hesperian Health Guides
Hesperian has just released French language editions of several titles, including A Book for Midwives and Where There is No Dentist. With updates to reflect the most recent medical treatments and medications, these resources provide reliable information and strategies to improve community health in French-speaking countries where accurate and accessible health information is so crucially needed.

Malaria Consortium
Malaria Consortium's Pneumonia Diagnostics project aimed to identify the most accurate, acceptable, scalable and user-friendly respiratory rate timers and pulse oximeters for the diagnosis of pneumonia symptoms in children by community health workers and first-level health facility workers. 

ICF International/The DHS Program
This report examines levels and trends in poverty, health status, and use of health services among poor children living in large cities in low- and middle-income countries, and compares their health status and use of services to those of their other urban, rural, and non-poor counterparts. Despite the narrowing of gaps in many health outcomes between poor and non-poor and between urban and rural areas, the persistence of poverty and increases in extreme poverty in large cities in low- and middle-income countries remain cause for concern. Find more DHS reports here.

Through the use of the body mass index wheel, created by FANTA and the Boston Children's Hospital, health care workers can quickly calculate BMI and BMI-for-age as well as determine a client's nutritional status using a single time-saving tool.

Manoff Group/SPRING
The Strengthening Results, Partnerships, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has developed two resources to help address anemia from a multisectoral and data-driven perspective. The Landscape Analysis Guidance and tool provides detailed information to policy makers and program implementers on how to gather, understand, and use anemia-related data. The District Assessment Tool for Anemia (DATA) assists program managers in strengthening anemia programming at the district level.  

Living Goods
This RCT working paper evaluating the impact of the Living Goods and BRAC community health worker model in Uganda is now available on the Center for Economic Policy and Research. The RCT, led by IPA and JPAL, demonstrates a 27 percent reduction in under-five mortality, with similar effects on infant and neonatal mortality. See a summary here.

This guide presents eight CRS innovations used by Encouraging Positive Practices for Improving Child Survival (EPPICS) that led to statistically significant increases in maternal and child health indicators. Development workers can use this guide to increase their familiarity with these high-impact strategies and consider using them in projects seeking sustainable improvement in maternal and child health in rural settings. 

International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease
This course that can be completed entirely online and at your own pace. It covers how to diagnose and treat childhood MDR TB, including programmatic considerations. The course is interactive and will ask you to make decisions about fictional cases.  The course is designed for healthcare workers at the secondary level of the healthcare system. 

IntraHealth International, Medtronic Foundation
This policy brief makes the case for frontline providers as critical elements in the health system to respond to NCDs, especially in developing countries and resource constrained settings. It  braids together distinct global policy efforts with other aligned initiatives, and it highlights existing evidence on the role of community health workers in NCD screening and monitoring, through task shifting.

The set of cue cards, updated in 2016 to reflect changes in the WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria, is designed to help a range of community- and facility-based providers to counsel adolescents and young people on their contraceptive options. The cue cards address: combined oral contraceptives, progestin-only pills, emergency contraception, male and female condoms, injectables, implants, intrauterine devices, and the lactational amenorrhea method. 

Recent Journal Articles

Recent Blog Posts & Articles

Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative Yields Promising Research Discoveries, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS)

Men in Mozambique Step Up to Help Their Spouses Prepare for Birth, Jhpiego/USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program

CORE Group Members in the News

As South Sudan Fights, Refugees Flow Into Uganda, Medical Teams International, NPR

World AIDS Day: Today's Saplings Are Tomorrow's Trees, Episcopal Relief & Development, Huffington Post

In Yemen's War, Trapped Families Ask: Which Child Should We Save?, Action Against Hunger, The Washington Post

How to Develop a Human-centered Design Mindset, Population Services International, Devex

Should Virtual Reality Be a Marketer's New Best Friend?, ChildFund International, Huffington Post
Upcoming Conferences

April 7 - 9, 2017 | Washington, DC | Consortium for Universities in Global Health
Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, student, implementers and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health, planetary health, and the role universities play in addressing global health challenges.

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.
Member Announcements

Dr. Victoria Jennings, director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, received the Lifetime Contribution to Georgetown University Medical Center Award.

Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger have joined forces to form one organization.  Under the banner of Grameen Foundation, they are committed to enabling the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger.

Save the Children won  a $72.9 million USAID nutrition award  to reduce and prevent stunting of children under three in Ethiopia.

Action Against Hunger hosted its 17th Annual Gala Against Hunger honoring Weight Watchers International, with an acceptance by Oprah Winfrey and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Also check out their new brand identity.

Episcopal Relief & Development and Islamic Relief USA launched a partnership to increase engagement among Christian and Muslim faith leaders to end gender-based violence in Liberia. 

Facing Darkness, a film from Samaritan's Purse about their Ebola work in West Africa and how it personally affected their staff, will be in theaters on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Judi Aubel, Executive Director of Grandmother Project, was selected as one of the BBC 100 Women 2016, the annual list of inspirational and influential women around the world.

The IKEA Foundation is supporting Growing Together, a new Handicap International project that gives displaced children in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Thailand the right to be a child. 

Catherine Sullivan was appointed director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
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