Meet Emilie Efronson – The New Country Manager of Liberia

In November of last year we announced our new Maternal Syphilis program in Liberia. We have since made significant steps towards program launch, signing a five year Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health of Liberia and hiring Emilie Efronson, an experienced public health practitioner, as country manager. We talked with Emilie about her new role and what she expects to achieve.

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A Preventable Tragedy: Tackling Maternal Syphilis in Liberia

Approximately one million pregnant women around the world are infected with active syphilis, a disease that can cause severe problems for both mother and child. We are working with the government of Liberia to nationally scale-up dual HIV/syphilis rapid testing —which will leverage the country’s existing HIV infrastructure—to detect and treat the disease before it causes complications to the child.

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Safe Water and Hand Hygiene in Rural Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi: Our COVID-19 Response Through the Lens of Global Handwashing Day

When Global Handwashing Day was introduced 12 years ago, hand hygiene wasn’t a feature in everyday conversation. COVID-19 has changed this. Now, messages on the importance of handwashing are mainstream, and yet, for those living in extreme poverty, significant barriers to handwashing remain. In line with our commitment to ‘thinking big and acting urgently’, we pivoted to address these barriers in the communities we serve.

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[UPDATE] When Deworming Comes Knocking: Door-to-Door Drug Administration in India

India closed its schools early in 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This decision, though necessary, meant that the country’s National Deworming Day was no longer viable. However, in recognition of the importance of continued deworming, we assisted the Government of India to rapidly adjust delivery to a community-based model, where the medication is delivered straight to children’s homes.

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How Evidence Action is Supporting the Government of India’s Response to COVID-19

In India, Evidence Action supports national and state governments to deliver high-impact, cost-effective health interventions at scale. Due to India’s lockdown measures, which include large-scale school closures, school-based programs are unlikely to resume in the near-term. We are therefore working to determine how best to support the rapid recovery of these programs once schools reopen, while simultaneously leveraging the capacity of our team in India to assist our government partners in managing COVID-related challenges.

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Vietnam is Now Successfully Conducting Deworming Without Us

In 2014, we partnered with Thrive Networks, with funding from Dubai Cares, to support the Government of Vietnam’s school-based deworming program. We tailored our approach to the government’s needs: support to improve the delivery, reach, and monitoring of their program in ways that would enhance already significant coverage and cost-effectiveness, while bolstering confidence in its impact. Vietnam is now successfully conducting deworming without us.

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Now More Than Ever, Safe Water – and Safe Hygiene Practices – Are Essential

With each passing day, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bend health systems to their breaking points, and organizations like ours are keenly focused on the looming threat that this pandemic presents to low- and middle-income countries. At Evidence Action we are seeking to leverage our existing resources and relationships to support these governments and communities in their response to COVID-19.

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Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

At Evidence Action we are actively managing the unprecedented set of risks and challenges posed by COVID-19 to the communities and people we serve. In such circumstances, provision of basic services becomes even more essential, to avert easily preventable disease and avoid further burdening fragile health systems.

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