EnCompass Insights

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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September 22, 2014

Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank (via Creative Commons)

Everyone seems to be talking about “mobile health”, or mHealth, and exalting the power of ICT for health. Somehow, it seems that if we are not incorporating ICT in our health programs today, we have missed the train to successful health outcomes. So, after a three-year wait for USAID’s decision, I find myself as the manager of a newly-won TASC4-ICT for Health umbrella contract, or prequalification, for USAID. EnCompass is the prime contractor, and leads a partnership of superstar organizations that represent ICT excellence. In this introductory post, let me convey the wisdom of the team: ICT indeed holds incredible potential for improving health outcomes; and, to unleash that potential, it...

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September 03, 2014

Tessie Catsambas being interviewed for Canal Futura's news report.

August 6th was the kick off date for a conference put together by leading private foundations in Brazil to address the role of evaluation in the social programs they fund.  The Conference, entitled Evaluation of Investment in the Social Private Sector: an Organizational Strategy, is part of a larger effort to embed evaluation in civil society in Brazil. The conference provided a forum to engage peer-to-peer exchanges and involve evaluation specialists in relevant discussions, and to build partnerships with new actors such as universities, the Brazilian evaluation sector, and others, to develop of the evaluation field in Brazil.

The event was sponsored by several important foundations including Fundação Itaú Social (a major bank in Brazil); Fundação...

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