EnCompass Insights

April 13, 2015

Biomarker specialists visit a Ugandan laboratory as an experiential activity.

Note: This post was originally published by The DHS Program.

In January, 2015, 11 biomarker specialists from eight countries met in Uganda to participate in the first-ever South-to-South DHS Program Biomarker Workshop. Participants all had previous experience with DHS surveys, either as consultants or as in-country staff. The objectives of the training were to emphasize mastery of technical biomarker content and training materials, strengthen consultants training and facilitation skills, and to pilot test the newly designed DHS Program Biomarker Curriculum. Ultimately, it is hoped that many of the participants from...

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March 18, 2015

South African President Jacob Zuma

Mothers in ancient Sparta washed the newborn with wine to ensure it was strong.  Later the baby was brought by its father to the elders, who inspected the newborn carefully. If they found that the child was deformed or weakly they threw it into Kaiada, the so called Apothetae, a chasm at a cliff, of the mount Taygetos. (See http://www.sikyon.com/sparta/agogi_eg.html)

Based on recent media reports, South African President Jacob Zuma has reinterpreted these ancient Sparta practices. According to a media statement released by South African civil society organizations, in...

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February 10, 2015

A spray operator leaves for a day of work in the community, carrying her spray pump on the back of her bike

How do you define a successful malaria prevention project? One that achieves a 60% decrease in malaria cases? A 75% decrease? 80%?

What if I told you that a malaria prevention project in Uganda has achieved decreases over 90% in new cases, in some of the highest transmission areas in all of Africa? The Uganda Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) project has done just that, saving lives in hundreds of communities throughout Northern Uganda. This project, funded by USAID and implemented by Abt Associates, utilizes an insecticide sprayed on the interior walls of people’s homes which has been specially developed to kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria. In order to be effective, at least 85% of houses in a community must be sprayed in order to kill mosquitoes as they enter homes at night...

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January 28, 2015

This blog post was written in collaboration with Forum One in support of our USAID TASC4 ICT for Health contract.

At EnCompass, we believe in the power of technology- to connect people, to promote progress, and to improve communities. In order to share our knowledge and lessons learned, we recently launched a web series focused on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for health. Each month, we present a new topic designed to help health experts in the field better leverage technology for improved project outcomes.

One of those recent ICT webinars...

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November 07, 2014

As we have seen over and over again in research, there is a direct connection between gratitude and happiness. People who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits- physical, psychological, and social. They feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, are more productive, and even have stronger immune systems.

So...

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