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CAIRO HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAMIn an effort to help USAID field missions effectively program child health resources in urban slums, USAID Asia Near East (ANE) Regional Bureau launched an Urban Health Initiative. Under the Initiative, EHP is implementing the Cairo Healthy Neighborhood Program with support from USAID/Egypt and USAID/EGAT/Urban Programs.Ezbet El Nakhl, the slum community selected for the Healthy Neighborhood Program, ranks among Cairo’s most destitute areas. Its residents are mostly “zabbaleen,” or traditional garbage collectors, sorters and recyclers, who live and work in the garbage and waste collected from nearby neighborhoods.Activities to be undertaken by EHP under the program include: a situation analysis of Ezbet El Nakhl; community and governmental/organizational stakeholders meetings to identify program priorities; hygiene improvement activities based on priorities identified at stakeholders’ meetings; and capacity building of local NGOs involved in the program to implement the activities.The project has been initiated with the formation and training of a team of Egyptian consultants, who together with community volunteers, will conduct the two-week long situation analysis before the end of June.For more information, contact Sarah Fry at [email protected].
STRENGTHENING MALARIA SURVEILLANCE IN ERITREAEHP is providing technical assistance to the Eritrea National Malaria Control Program to help strengthen analyses of historical data. Data on reported malaria cases (hospitals and health facilities), interventions (e.g., antimalarial drugs, household spraying, nets, and environmental management), and meteorological data (rainfall and temperature) have been gathered and re-entered into computer databases, covering the period 1996-2002.The data, now disaggregated to local levels, are being used to reconstruct events associated with the severe epidemics in Eritrea during 1997-98 and to evaluate the impact of malaria program interventions. Results will be used to identify potential improvements in program planning, epidemic preparedness, revising malaria risk maps and defining and improving protocols for sentinel surveillance sites.For more information, please contact Gene Brantly at [email protected]
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: INTEGRATING HYGIENE IMPROVEMENT INTO PRIMARY HEALTH CAREIn the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), USAID is supporting a range of integrated activities within SANRU III, a five-year, $25 million, rural primary health care project implemented by Interchurch Medical Assistance (I.M.A) and Christian Church of Congo (ECC). SANRU III is revitalizing and expanding the network of existing zonal water and sanitation (WS&S) coordinators established under SANRU I/II in the 1980s, while at the same time increasing program emphasis on hygiene improvement, behavior change communication and community-based integrated management of childhood illnesses (C-IMCI). SANRU III operates in 63 of DRC’s decentralized health zones.EHP has been assisting SANRU III in two areas. To help SANRU revitalize and expand the network of WS&S coordinators, EHP organized a training of trainers workshop to establish a national training team for WS&S coordinators and prepared materials for the trainers.Second, EHP has assisted SANRU III in developing a hygiene promotion component that focuses on key hygiene behaviors such as handwashing, safe water storage, and safe excreta disposal. This component has been implemented under SANRU’s C-IMCI framework. EHP’s technical assistance consisted of formative research, communication materials development, and training of staff from ten pilot health zones. In the coming year, EHP will assess the experience in the pilot zones, develop a strategy for scale-up, and provide assistance in implementing the strategy.For more information on EHP activities in the DRC, please contact Fred Rosensweig at [email protected]
NEPAL HANDWASHING WITH SOAP INITIATIVEA memorandum of understanding outlining a partnership between USAID/Nepal and UNICEF/Nepal has been drafted to promote handwashing with soap as a public health initiative. The initiative will draw on models and lessons learned from handwashing initiatives in other countries to develop a public private partnership (PPP) between soap manufacturers, the public sector, and international organizations, and will be integrated with existing sanitation and hygiene programs in Nepal. The overall objective of the initiative will be to prevent diarrheal disease among children under five in Nepal through a coordinated communication campaign promoting proper handwashing with soap.Prior to designing and implementing the campaign, social and consumer research will be conducted, and findings will be used to design effective campaign strategies. EHP has subcontracted a private marketing and communications company to provide private sector/social marketing expertise to the handwashing initiative and is also assisting UNICEF in initial preparations to conduct the social and consumer research.For more information, please contact Lisa Nichols at [email protected] 
URBAN HEALTH CONFERENCE IN INDIAWith support from USAID/India, a national conference on urban health is being organized by EHP/India together with the Government of India. The conference will take place in Bangalore, June 30-July 1, 2003. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for dialogue among policy makers, planners and implementers of urban health programs, to review programs and policies related to urban health, and to make key recommendations for future urban health programming to the Government of India.The conference proceedings will be highlighted on the EHP website, information on the Urban Health Conference, please contact Sarah Fry at [email protected] or Siddharth Agarwal at [email protected].
NEW EHP PUBLICATIONS, BRIEFS, AND MOREACTIVITY REPORT 118. LESSONS LEARNED FROM ASSESSMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROJECT WEBSITEThis report documents the findings and recommendations from the website evaluation and actions taken to improve the EHP website. A 401 KB PDF version of this report is available at: For more information or a hard copy of this report, contact [email protected]ACTIVITY REPORT 119. URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH STRATEGIES: THREE COMMUNITY-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION AND HYGIENE PROJECTS CONDUCTED IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGOThis report documents activities related to three pilot projects conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo under USAID/DRC’s Urban Environmental Health Strategy.A 284 KB PDF version of this report is available at: more information or a hard copy of this report, contact [email protected]THEMATIC OVERVIEW PAPER ON SANITATION POLICIES This International Reference Centre (IRC) web-based Thematic Overview Paper (TOP) on sanitation policies was prepared in collaboration with EHP.  A 111 KB PDF version of this paper is available at: NEPAL VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE PROGRAM CD-ROM This interactive CD-ROM is designed to provide information related to the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases—— malaria, Japanese encephalitis and Kala-azar——in Nepal.To order a copy of this CD-ROM, contact [email protected]FOUR NEW EHP BRIEFSEHP BRIEF 13. BEST PRACTICES FOR DENGUE CONTROL IN THE AMERICAS 
A 672 KB PDF version of this brief is available at: BRIEF 14. URBAN POOR CHILD HEALTH IN ASIA AND THE NEAR EAST 
A 475 KB PDF version of this brief is available at: For more information or a hard copy of any of the above briefs, contact [email protected].  SPANISH VERSIONS OF STRATEGIC REPORTS 6 AND 7STRATEGIC REPORT 6S. MECANISMOS DE APOYO INSTITUCIONAL PARA LOS SISTEMAS RURALES DE AGUA POTABLE Y SANEAMIENTO MANEJADOS POR LAS COMUNIDADES EN AMÉRICA LATINAA 428 KB PDF version of this report is available at: REPORT 7S. MEJORES PRÁCTICAS PARA LA PREVENCIÓN Y EL CONTROL DEL DENGUE EN LAS AMÉRICASA 678 KB PDF version of this report is available at:  For more information or a hard copy of either of the above reports, contact [email protected].  FRENCH VERSION OF ACTIVITY REPORT 113 ACTIVITY REPORT 113F. RAPPORT DE FIN DE PROJET, DU CESH AU BÉNIN RÉSUME ANALYTIQUÉ, PROJET DE SANTÉ ENVIRONNEMENTALE, GESTION COMMUNAUTAIRE DE SANTÉ ENVIRONNEMENTALE II (GESCOME II) A 159 KB PDF version of this report is available at:  For more information or a hard copy of this report, contact [email protected].

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