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Changing how society cares for children in orphanages
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Website: www.crs.org

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Project Lead: Shannon Senefeld
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Vice President of Program Impact and Quality Assurance, Catholic Relief Services

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Project Contact: Hilary O’Connor
Senior Program Officer, Foundations and Corporate Engagement, Catholic Relief Services, 100&change@crs.org

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The Problem

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Poverty, disease, and natural disasters have driven millions of children out of family care, with an estimated eight million now living in residential care centers, or orphanages, around the world. Residential care causes long-term negative effects on children’s physical, intellectual, and psychosocial development. Well-meaning people donate millions of dollars to orphanages without realizing that 80 to 90 percent of these children have a living parent.

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The Solution

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Catholic Relief Services, in partnership with Lumos and Maestral International, will change the way society cares for these children by reuniting them with supportive and nurturing families and transforming orphanages into family service providers. The partnership will prevent or slow down the number of new children entering residential care and strengthen families and caregivers so institutionalized children can be reintegrated into family care. Catholic Relief Services also intends to work closely with facility staff to identify and develop social service skills and outreach required to support children and families so they can stay together.

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With the aim of taking this solution globally, Catholic Relief Services will first work in a number of developing countries where governments and civil society are dedicated to supporting family-based care. Catholic Relief Services will work with governments, community leaders, and orphanage staff to identify the best family-based option for each child, provide families with parenting skills and services, and help policymakers craft better policies that support family-based care.

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The project will also engage donors to help them understand the challenges of residential care and encourage them to redirect their donations and resources to serve vulnerable children in a way that supports family-based care.

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Eliminating hidden hunger in Africa by fortifying staple crops

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Website: www.harvestplus.org

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Project Lead: Bev Postma
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Chief Executive Officer, HarvestPlus

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Project Contact: Annette Sheckler
Head of Communications, a.sheckler@cgiar.org

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The Problem

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More than two billion people globally–nearly one person in three–have daily diets that lack sufficient vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc, which are essential to health. Known as “hidden hunger,” these deficiencies lead to blindness, stunting, cognitive impairment, disease, and death. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where 70 percent of the world’s poor live, and where farm families that primarily eat what they grow on small plots of land suffer the most from hidden hunger.

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The Solution

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HarvestPlus will significantly expand an innovation its founder developed. “Biofortication” enriches staple foods through conventional plant breeding to provide a sustainable, farmer-controlled tool to fight malnutrition.

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Naturally nutrient-rich varieties of corn, cassava, wheat, and other staples are enhanced to meet farmer demands for yield and price. These staples, which rural families already eat in large quantities, provide 25 to 100 percent of the daily requirements for vitamin A, iron, and zinc. Crops are selected for development based on local diets and growing patterns, and new varieties are made available. Self-pollinated and hybrid varieties are developed to appeal to farmers, who can share seeds and planting materials. No extra water, fertilizer, or cooking time is required, and seed costs are the same as non-biofortified varieties.

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With 20 million people already growing these biofortified crops, HarvestPlus plans to scale the introduction of these varieties regionally through three existing “hub countries” in Africa: Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. The expansion is expected to reach 1 billion people by 2030, allowing multiple African countries to become nutritionally self-sufficient and laying the groundwork to grow this work globally.

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Eliminating needless blindness in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Ghana

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Website: www.cureblindness.org

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Team Partners: Aravind Eye Care System, India; L V Prasad Eye Institute, India; John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah; Department of Ophthalmology & Global Medicine, Stanford University; International Council of Ophthalmology, Magrabi – ICO Cameroon Eye Institute; Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana; Hospital, Addis Ababa University Dept. Ophthalmology, Ethiopia; Sight for Souls/ MCM Hospital, Ethiopia; Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Nepal; Clarity Design; Global Vision 2020; and Merge, an IBM Company

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Project Lead: Geoffrey Tabin, MD\n
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Co-Founder & Chairman, Himalayan Cataract Project

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Project Contact: Job Heintz, JD, MSL
Chief Executive Officer, jheintz@cureblindness.org

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The Problem

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Blindness afflicts more than 39 million people worldwide, 90 percent of whom live in developing countries. Yet 80 percent of global blindness is treatable or preventable.

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Blindness magnifies poverty and poverty, in turn, perpetuates blindness. Inadequate eye care shortens lives, creates dependency on families and governments, reduces economic viability, and denies children education.

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The Solution

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The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) will develop and deliver sustainable eye care in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Ghana, creating an adaptable “train the trainer” model that can be replicated and scaled around the world.

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HCP will invest in people and infrastructure, empowering local communities and enhancing local eye health care systems through training and new technology. The model takes into account geopolitical and cultural considerations in order to be most effective in each geographic setting.

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By training community health providers, the HCP will deliver cataract surgery and permanent refractive correction—commonly known as laser surgery— at low cost to more than 500,000 people. Sight-restoring cataract surgeries can be performed for as little as $25. 

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Studies have shown a 400 percent return on every dollar invested in eliminating blindness. The project is expected to bring significant gains to the families, communities, and countries involved and to provide a model for curing blindness in the developing world.

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Providing virtual access to specialist medical care for underserved U.S. patients

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Website: www.humandx.org

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Team Partners: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association

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Project Lead & Project Contact: Jay Komarneni
Founder & Chair of the Human Diagnosis Project, contact@humandx.org

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The Problem

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Nearly 30 million uninsured Americans rely on the nation’s safety net system of roughly 1,300 public hospitals, community health centers, and free clinics to provide primary care services regardless of their ability to pay.

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Yet, a critical gap remains: 91 percent of safety net clinics report difficulty obtaining specialty care for the uninsured, leading to sicker patients and increased ER visits and hospitalizations. For the one in ten Americans who lack health insurance and need specialty care, the options are limited: pay out of pocket or delay treatment.

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The Solution

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Led by the Human Diagnosis Project, Specialty Net is an alliance of the nation's physician societies, licensing boards, and academic institutions that aims to close the specialty care gap for the nation's uninsured and underinsured.

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Specialty Net is an open, online system that seeks to provide public health and safety net institutions low-cost access to specialty care expertise. Specialty Net will engage 100,000 volunteer specialists to provide electronic consultations to three million patients in the U.S. safety net system over the next five years. Researchers at Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California, San Francisco, are currently validating the system’s technology performance, cost, outcomes, and educational and training value.

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Patients will receive the specialty care they need, without having to wait or pay out of pocket. Specialists will receive credits toward their medical education, ongoing licensing, and maintenance of certification requirements. Each patient helped will add to an online system that combines collective intelligence with machine learning, helping to close the safety net specialty care gap and, ultimately, deliver this expertise globally.

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Providing libraries and learners free digital access to four million books

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Website: archive.org

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Project Lead & Project Contact: Wendy Hanamura\n
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Surprisingly, in the digital age millions of books, representing a century of knowledge, are not accessible online to scholars, journalists, students, and the public. Stymied by costs, e-book restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure, libraries have struggled to meet the digital demand. Also, access to libraries is neither universal nor equitable.

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The Solution

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The Internet Archive will expand libraries’ ability to deliver on their role as great equalizers, providing access to books and other resources to those who might not otherwise be able to afford them, regardless of geography.

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The Internet Archive will enable libraries to unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge. The project will curate, digitize, and make available in digital form four million books to any library that owns the physical book.

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The Internet Archive will start with the books most widely held and used in libraries and classrooms. The scale of the project will reduce digitization costs by 50 percent or more. The Internet Archive has prototyped this model for more than six years, digitizing 540,000 modern books originating from 100 partners and lending them to the public in a process that mirrors the way libraries traditionally lend physical books.

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Improving newborn survival in Africa

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Website: www.rice360.rice.edu

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Team Partners: University of Malawi College of Medicine, University of Malawi Polytechnic, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and 3rd Stone Design

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Project Lead: Rebecca Richards-Kortum\n
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Founder and Director, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health

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Project Contact: Elizabeth McGuffee
Director of Development and Communications, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, lizmcguffee@rice.edu

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Worldwide, 40 percent of childhood deaths occur in the first four weeks of life and global progress to improve newborn survival has been slow. In Africa, 85 percent of newborn deaths are due to pre-term birth, complications of labor and delivery, and infections. The vast majority could be prevented by ensuring access to affordable, lifesaving medical technologies that can withstand the harsh environment of resource-poor settings.

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The Solution

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Rice University aims to ensure that a baby born in Africa has the same chance of survival as a baby born in the United States. It will create and deploy a comprehensive set of Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST) as effective as those used in high-resource settings, but that cost 10-100 times less. Designed to address the leading causes of newborn death, NEST will allow clinicians to provide quality newborn care in low-resource settings: keeping babies warm, helping them breathe, diagnosing infections, treating neonatal jaundice, managing labor and delivery, and other life-threatening conditions for small and sick babies.

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Rice will also establish an education program in country to develop the next generation of health inventors and entrepreneurs. By nurturing an innovation ecosystem, Rice will bring new business models to other low-resource African markets. In six years, Rice will prevent 85 percent of neonatal deaths in Malawi, producing a sustainable roadmap for rapid adoption across the rest of Africa.

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Educating children displaced by conflict and persecution

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Website: sesameworkshop.org

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Project Lead:  Sherrie Westin\n
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Executive Vice President, Global Impact & Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

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Flavia Draganus, Director of Communications, International Rescue Committee
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The Problem

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There are 12 million children under age eight who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution, and that number is on the rise. These children face multiple adversities, including limited access to education and lower academic achievement, loss of loved ones, and violence – experiences that have a long-lasting, negative impact on their health and behavior. When children in crisis have opportunities to learn, they are better able to contribute to economic development in their home countries.

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The International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop will develop and deliver multi-media content to meet the critical educational needs of children affected by conflict. The partnership will provide learning opportunities for refugee children, as well as their parents and caregivers, in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, enabling them to grow and thrive. 

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The new educational content will feature the trusted and recognized Sesame Street Muppets—adapted to reflect and mitigate the adverse effects of experiences of refugee children and their parents. Multiple digital delivery platforms plus printed materials will be used to reach the largest possible number of children and their families. The project will tap extensive distribution networks reaching refugee and host communities via schools, community centers, social protection programs, and health clinics.

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The initiative will create programs and culturally relevant content for children, as well as tools to help parents and caregivers more effectively engage with them to build resiliency and support learning. It will establish an evidence-based model that can be adapted and redeployed by other organizations to reach millions more children in crisis.

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Eliminating river blindness in Nigeria

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Website: www.cartercenter.org

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Team Partners: Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health

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Project Lead: Dr. Frank Richards\n
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Director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program, The Carter Center

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Project Contact: Nicole Kruse
Chief Development Officer, The Carter Center, nicole.kruse@cartercenter.org

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The Problem

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River blindness affects an estimated 32.7 million people worldwide. Caused by a worm parasite that spreads via the bite of a black fly, the disease is most endemic in Nigeria. With its dense and growing population, roughly 50 million people in 40,000 communities in Nigeria are infected with or at risk of the disease.

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River blindness causes devastating socio-economic repercussions in Africa, resulting in food insecurity, lack of education for children who must care for blinded parents, intergenerational poverty, and social stigma.

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The Solution

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The Carter Center will eliminate transmission of river blindness disease in Nigeria, creating a model for the rest of Africa and the world.

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In partnership with the Ministry of Health and local NGOs, the Center will work through community-directed distribution systems to administer the drug ivermectin (Mectizan®, donated by Merck & Co.) once or twice per year. This medicine is proven to stop transmission of the condition. 

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The program will train community-level volunteers in the appropriate dosing and administration of the drug and to provide health education to families and neighbors, creating a sustainable, rudimentary healthcare infrastructure in remote communities. 

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Similar Carter Center projects have eliminated river blindness from four countries in the Americas and from parts of Uganda and Sudan. This project will bring these best practices to scale across Nigeria, demonstrating that eliminating river blindness is possible in even the largest and most challenging environments.

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