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.
Looking to the future of India’s National Deworming Day at COR-NTD 2020
Earlier this month, Evidence Action helped organize a symposium presenting the key drivers of India’s National Deworming Day success, and lessons learned, to inform other deworming programs, and the future direction of the program, with a technical focus on the government’s approach to prevalence surveying.
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.
[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.
Meet Brett Sedgewick – The New Senior Director of Programs
To support our goal of doubling our impact by 2024, we have now created a Programs department to tie together our flagship programs and our monitoring and evaluation capabilities. We are pleased to announce that Brett Sedgewick will assume the new role of Senior Director, Programs.
Case Study: A Pilot to Conduct Remote Monitoring Strategies in Kenya During COVID-19
When the Government of Kenya closed schools and implemented social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, one of our flagship programs – the Deworm the World Initiative – had to rapidly adapt to the new conditions on the ground.
[UPDATE] The 44 Cent Treatment That Dramatically Changed Lives in Kenya
A landmark study offers new evidence of the long-term benefits of school-based deworming. As an organization that supports deworming for hundreds of millions of children each year, this study further proves the efficacy of our work.
Last Call for COVID-19: Combating the Pandemic in Rajasthan
The Indian state of Rajasthan asked for our assistance in identifying elderly members of the community who were immunocompromised, had preexisting conditions, or presented any other factors that increased their risk of contracting COVID-19.
We’ve Delivered 1,600 Tons of Soap and 34,000 Liters of Disinfectant to Over 4 Million People.
In response to COVID-19, we’re now ‘thinking big’ and ‘acting urgently’ to do more. Since early April, we’ve delivered 1,600 tons of soap for handwashing, 360,000 liters of chlorine for disinfecting, and hygiene education to help over 4 million people protect themselves against COVID-19. More deliveries will take place over the next few weeks.
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.