(PRWEB) June 3, 2005
JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of over $6.9 million in grants to a number of local and international NGOs working to improve the heath and livelihood of the people of Southern Sudan. The grants will help rebuild the primary health care system and improve the health of the people of Southern Sudan.
One year into its five-year USAID-funded Sudan Health Transformation Project, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., in collaboration with the Secretariat of Health of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM), is working to target increased access and utilization of health, water, and sanitation services to improve the well-being of children, mothers, and families.
By design, local and international NGOs currently working in Southern Sudan have been awarded grants to strengthen primary health care services at the community and county levels. Six of 20 counties were selected based on a variety of criteria ranging from health coverage of the population to geographical and political equity. In addition to the six county grants, there will be three cross-cutting grants in the areas of water and sanitation, training curricula development, and health center rehabilitation. Finally, grants have been awarded in the area of HIV/AIDS for activities in targeted areas of Southern Sudan and specific behavior change communications (BCC) activities.
Currently six county-specific grants for primary health care (PHC) service delivery have been awarded to six organizations: Save the Children-US/Sudan Inland development Foundation, International Rescue Committee/WomenÂs Aid, Action Africa Help Â International /Mundri relief and development Association/SamaritanÂs Purse (AAH/MRDA/SP), CARE/Sudan Medical Care, World Vision Southern Sudan (WVSS)/ Sudan Education and Development Agency (SEDA), and International Medical Corps. American Refugee Committee (ARC) and Population Services International have also been awarded grants for reducing HIV/AIDS transmission and improving related reproductive health practices in six counties counties.
The six PHC grants are given to help rebuild the primary health care system and offer essential health services to the people within Southern Sudan.
The Sudan Health Transformation project has four overarching goals:
1. Transition from humanitarian assistance to development by moving beyond relief to institutionalize structures and systems that are sustainable and foster the development process.
2. Build capacity by working to ensure that skills, attitudes, tools and approaches are introduced and delivered in a way that strengthens local capacity.
3. Promote partnerships by providing resources and support to build collaboration and coordination among beneficiaries, government officials, Southern Sudanese and international NGOs, donors, and the private sector.
4. Address gender issues by promoting gender sensitivity across the program and encouraging women and womenÂs groups to participate in trainings, planning and monitoring of health services, developing community health activities, and generating demand for services to meet their needs.
JSI Research & Training Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, JSI provides an extensive range of research and consulting services to public health programs worldwide. Our mission is to work with clients to improve the quality of their operations. Through the design and implementation of policies, processes and systems, JSI improves efficiency and effectiveness. Currently, JSI operates from five U.S. and 28 international offices, with more than 375 U.S.-based staff, and 700 host country national field-based staff. To learn more about Sudan Health Transformation Project, go to http://www.jsi.com.
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