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August 2001









 

INDIA: IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF THE URBAN POOR LIVING IN SLUMS

In May, a team composed of three members of EHP’s staff traveled to India on a three-week assignment to identify a strategy and initiate a work plan for the design and implementation of USAID/India’s Urban Health Program. The broad goal of the Urban Health Program is to improve the health of poor people dwelling in urban slums in selected areas of India. Based on the strengths and experiences of USAID/India’s Regional Urban Development Office (RUDO), two cities have been identified in which to implement the program initially: Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh).

EHP will be the lead organization to guide the implementation of the USAID/India Urban Health Program. In this capacity, EHP anticipates playing a variety of roles to achieve program goals and objectives. These roles include, but are not limited to, technical assistance in areas within EHP’s mandate and manageable interest; identification and coordination of cooperating agencies and nongovernmental organizations for other technical assistance activities beyond EHP’s mandate; creating a mechanism for providing small grants to local nongovernmental organizations; and overall leadership, coordination, and facilitation with other cooperating agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and international agencies.

For information on this activity, please contact Eddy Perez (mailto:[email protected])

STRENGTHENING URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH IN KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

The USAID/Democratic Republic of Congo Urban Environmental Health Strategy developed by EHP in collaboration with the Regional Urban Development Office presents a framework for both short-term and long-term interventions. Short-term interventions include the implementation of results-oriented pilot projects. The International Rescue Committee, in close collaboration with local nongovernmental organizations, is implementing one pilot project in Kananga.

The main objective of the Kananga activity is to reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality due to waterborne diseases, particularly among women and children, by enabling better health and hygiene practices, increasing quantity of household water, and improving the sustainability of water supplies.

To date, 60 springs have been improved and 2 cisterns have been constructed. To support sustainability of the water supplies, each new source is privately owned and operated. Additionally, 10 local nongovernmental organizations have been trained to improve and manage water points, and 48 social animators trained in hygiene and health sensitization techniques have been mobilized. Another component of the Kananga pilot project is the implementation of baseline and impact surveys related to health and hygiene practices in the Kananga population. The University of Kinshasa School of Public Health, with support from EHP and the USAID Regional Urban Development Office, recently completed the baseline study.

For information on this activity, please contact Chris McGahey (mailto:[email protected])

THE BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, AND NEPAL (BBIN) NETWORK

In July 2000, EHP organized an initial workshop for representatives from vector-borne disease programs in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal to discuss the potential for collaboration on cross-border initiatives. The workshop was funded by the USAID Regional Bureau for Asia and Near East and was held in Nepal. An outcome of the workshop was the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Network.

As part of its support for the Regional Infectious Diseases Strategy in South Asia, the USAID Asia and Near East Bureau is increasing its funding for continued development of the BBIN Network and its related cross-border activities, through EHP. Under this new activity, EHP will work with BBIN Network members to improve communication among members; standardize diagnostic and surveillance procedures for priority infectious diseases; improve the quality of data available regarding the epidemiology of infectious diseases, resistance to antimicrobial drugs, vector ecology, and vector susceptibility to insecticides; and increase information shared related to infectious diseases among BBIN Network members.

The BBIN Network has launched its Web site at http://www.bbin.org. Next steps for standardizing diagnostic and surveillance procedures were discussed at the Inter-country Meeting on Cross-border Initiatives on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Kala-azar, organized by the World Health Organization Southeast Asia Regional Office and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and held in Kathmandu from March 6 to March 9, 2001.

For information on the BBIN Network and its cross-border activities, please contact Gene Brantly (mailto:[email protected])

UPCOMING MEETINGS IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

  • August 20-24, 2001, Lusaka, Zambia: 27th WEDC Conference: People and Systems for Water, Sanitation and Health http://www.lboro.ac.uk/wedc/conferences/27contents.htm
  • August 28-September 1, 2001, Leeds, United Kingdom: 12th British Society for Parasitology Malaria Meeting http://www.biology.leeds.ac.uk/school/Conferences/malaria/index.htm
A complete list of meetings and conferences can be found on the EHP Web site at: http://www.ehproject.org/live/MeetingAlert.htm

What's New on Other Pages

A. Links to Counters on Malaria and Diarrheal Diseases

  • Diarrheal Diseases counter by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council shows the daily number of cases and deaths from diarrhea. 

  • Malaria counter by Science Controversies On-Line: Partnerships in Education (SCOPE) 

B. Info Services

C. Meeting Alert  - Update

Previous Issues of "What's New?"

The main topics or countries discussed are given in parentheses.

June 2001 (Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal, Dominican Republic, indoor air pollution consultation, Nairobi SIMA Conference)
May 2001 (Central America handwashing initiative, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Nepal, Bolivia)
March 2001 (Nicaragua, Madagascar, Africa, DDT cost comparison)
January 2001 at EHP (EHP Activities, E-Newsletter, National Malaria Control Programs in 4 African Countries, Congo, Decentralization in Latin America, Peru, WSSCC Forum, Global WS&S Assessment from WHO/UNICEF)
November 2000 at EHP (Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, SANICONN)
September 2000 at EHP (Nepal/Regional, EHP and E-conferences)
July 2000 at EHP (Nicaragua, Malaria Vaccine Development, "Water for the World")
May/June 2000 at EHP (Nicaragua, International Consultation on Indoor Air Pollution)
April 2000 at EHP (Nicaragua, Madagascar, Mozambique)
March 2000 at EHP (Benin, South Africa, Eritrea, Madagascar)
February 2000 at EHP (Nicaragua, Paraguay, Ukraine, Mozambique and Eritrea)
January 2000 at EHP (Nicaragua, EHP Lessons Learned)

Previous Issues of "What's New?" by country

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