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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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The 2006 Grants Program has identified 12 projects in eight (8) countries to support initiatives on infection control and indigenous health. Please read more about these 12 grants below.



Albina R. Patiño Pediatrics Center and School of Medicine, University del Valle in Cochabamba: To create an integrated course that teaches appropriate antimicrobial use with an emphasis on strategies to achieve optimum clinical efficacy in the treatment of common infections while reducing adverse events, antimicrobial resistance, and cost. ($31,100)


Atmospheric Physics Laboratory of the Institute of Physics, University of San Andrés, La Paz: To support a study on ocular damage among the Aymara indigenous population in the Altiplano as well as changes in customs (traditional wide brim hat vs. other head coverings such as baseball caps) and habits among indigenous children and young adults as they apply to protection from exposure of ultraviolet rays (UVR). The results of this study will be used to develop a program focused on promoting preventive measures especially among children to reduce the adverse effects of UVR on human health. ($46,900)

World Neighbors: To contribute to improved nutritional status and health of the Quechua and
Aymara indigenous peoples in remote North Potosi by identifying and promoting healthy infant feeding and child care practices that lead to sustainable, long term behavioral changes. ($24,000)



Associação Saúde Sem Limites: To help support the analysis of the impact of the process of settling of the traditionally nomadic Hupd’äh indigenous peoples has had on their welfare and health conditions. The study will form the basis for developing strategies that will improve their health and quality of life with the full participation of the Hupd’äh. ($25,000)



Ministry of Health in Santiago: To help establish measures to reduce inappropriate use of interventions that directly cause health facility-acquired infections, and to improve surveillance, prevention, and treatment of CAUTI(catheter-associated urinary tract infection). They will serve as an infection control model for other areas of the body. They are expected to reduce the prevalence of among others, endometritis, vascular catheter related infections, and surgical site infections. ($25,000)



Gender, Ethnicity, and Reproductive Health among the Indigenous Population at the
Colombian-Ecuadorian Frontier: To help provide culturally–appropriate sexual and reproductive health services (education and care) to the indigenous population. ($24,998)



Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF): To conduct a review of the
biomedical waste management infrastructure in the countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States with the intent of designing a standard training program on biomedical waste management. ($9,570)



Population Council Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico City:
help identify and propose feasible strategies that help make maternity waiting homes more widely and appropriately used, of higher quality, and more culturally acceptable to indigenous women and their families in Guatemala. ($ 47,985)


Severe Psychiatric Disorders in Indigenous Population of Guatemala: To help support the second phase of this project that seeks to determine the symptoms and course of non-affective psychosis and stigma in a Guatemalan indigenous population within a traditional cultural context and with limited access to specialized mental health services. An intervention program will be developed based on the results. ($23,303)



Konbit Sante Cap-Haitian Health Partnership:
To reduce hospital-acquired infections,
improve infection control, and develop antibiotic monitoring practices at the Justinian University Hospital in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. ($50,000)



Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Newborn and Maternity Units:
To help
increase the effectiveness of local HAI (healthcare-associated infections) surveillance programs as a strategy to reduce HAI in maternity neonatal units in participating public hospitals in Peru. ($25,000)


Education and Health Institute-IES: To help expand and enhance the supply of sexual and reproductive health services for indigenous adolescents in the Apurímac area. The Apurimac region is one of the rural areas where the problem of teen pregnancy and maternal mortality is a priority for the health sector. ($25,000)