This Is EHP


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The Environmental Health Project (EHP) began a second five-year contract in June 1999, under the direction of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (BGH/HIDN). EHP provides access to a broad range of capabilities for missions and bureaus wishing to include environmental health preventive components in health or environment programs, while advancing the state-of-the-art of these components. 

EHP has two objectives. The principal objective is to reduce mortality and morbidity in children under five, by improving environmental conditions or reducing exposure to disease agents associated with infectious diseases of major public health importance. EHP’s second objective is to provide a mechanism for access by diverse interests within USAID to a broad range of expertise in environmental health. 

What We Do
EHP strives to provide global leadership in the development, implementation, and promotion of new and improved, cost-effective environmental health interventions. EHP provides leadership and field support in diarrheal disease prevention through safe water supply, adequate sanitation and hygiene promotion at the household and community levels. EHP advocates the Hygiene Improvement Framework, which is an integrated approach that combines access to hardware, hygiene promotion and enabling environments. EHP provides assistance to ministries of health to improve control programs for malaria and other vector-borne diseases, including the provision of technical assistance and improved tools for surveillance, operational research and vector control. EHP assists nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups working in health, population and the environment (natural resource management) to link and integrate delivery approaches and activities.  The central hypothesis of this activity is that integrating natural resource management with health and population will make these projects  more effective and sustainable. EHP’s Information Center provides search and referral services to answer questions or gather information on environmental health, disseminates reports and publications, and manages information-sharing networks on key topics.  
Clean water and adequate sanitation are necessary in diarrheal disease prevention. However, to bring about the desired health impact, access to safe water and sanitation systems should be part of an integrated approach. EHP has developed the Hygiene Improvement Framework, which is an integrated approach that combines access to hardware, hygiene promotion, and enabling environments. (Photo courtesy UNICEF.)   More information on EHP may be found below.  Click on the topic you are interested in or scroll down this page.BackgroundEHP ConsortiumStaffProject MechanismEHP Brochure: EnglishFrenchSpanishContact Information  
Background EHP was initiated in September 1993 as a five-year technical assistance project.  It was later extended until June 1999 at which time a new contract for another five years was awarded. View the EHP Brochure for more information. A series of eight fliers, prepared in 1999, describe the findings and outstanding issues in the major technical areas of EHP’s first five years. Please go to Publications/Lessons Learned fliers. The Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) Project was EHP’s predecessor. WASH was inaugurated in 1980 in response to the designation by the World Health Organization of the 1980s as the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade.  WASH coordinated USAID’s contribution to the Decade.  The project ran for fourteen years.  E-mail [email protected] for information about lessons learned in the WASH ProjectEHP ConsortiumEHP is managed by a consortium of specialized organizations headed by Camp Dresser & McKee International Inc, an environmental engineering company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. CDM brings expertise in program management, environmental engineering, water resources planning and toxic and hazardous waste.  EHP is managed from CDM’s regional office in Arlington, Virginia.Other members of the consortium:ARD, Inc., bringing expertise in surveillance, natural resources management, and grants administration.
International Science and Technology Institute, bringing expertise in tropical/vector-borne diseases and information management.
John Snow Inc.bringing expertise in health policy, epidemiology, health/hygiene education, and surveillance.
The Manoff Group, bringing expertise in behavior change, community involvement, and social marketing.
RTI International, bringing expertise in policy/regulation, health financing, municipal services, air pollution, and risk assessment.
Training Resources Group, bringing expertise in institutional strengthening, organizational development, and training.
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicinebringing expertise in tropical disease/malaria and operations research.StaffThe technical staff of the Environmental Health Project is listed below.  Click here to read more about the interests and backgrounds of the staff or click on the name of the person whose bio you wish to view.Sandra Callier, Project Director Craig R. HafnerProject ManagerEckhard F. Kleinau, Senior Technical Director/CESH Coordinator
Eugene P. Brantly, ECHO Coordinator
May Post, Information Center Coordinator
Fred Rosensweig, EHP Activity Manager
Senior Technical Specialist/Institutional and Human Resources Development
Siddharth Agarwal,
Country Representative and Urban Health Director for EHP India activity
The rest of the EHP Team
Project MechanismEHP is an indefinite quantity contract (IQC). Task Order #1 under the IQC funds two major project components: Community-Based Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene (CESH) and Environmental Change and Health Outcomes (ECHO). The CESH component of EHP focuses on community-based hygiene promotion, sanitation, and water supply, for reduction and prevention of diarrheal disease in children under five. Diarrheal diseases are estimated to cause 1.9 million deaths annually in children under the age of five in developing countries. ECHO focuses on malaria and other vector-borne diseases and seeks to ensure that national programs for controlling malaria and other vector-borne diseases are based on reliable information about environmental and entomological factors as well as epidemiological data.  USAID missions and bureaus can request assistance under Task Order #1 to achieve results consistent with CESH and ECHO, using either core or field-support resources. Separate task orders to the IQC may also be used for any activity within the overall scope of the project.  To find out more about obtaining technical assistance, USAID personnel should contact Dr. John Borrazzo, Environmental Health Advisor, [email protected]. Other development organizations should contact the USAID mission in the appropriate country.

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