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Global Fellows

Mozambique HIV Disclosure Program

American International Health Alliance Twinning Program | Global Fellows from the University of Michigan | Global Public Health Program | Stroger Hospital, Chicago

Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
2015-present

Children’s Place International is partnering with AMODEFA and local NGOs to build capacity to provide HIV/AIDS disclosure counseling trainings to frontline health and social workers. The goal of the initiative is to improve retention in care through increased adherence to antiretroviral therapy and healthy adjustment to HIV diagnosis. Through the Children’s Place International Global Fellows program, a team of pro bono child psychologists and researchers are working with partners to develop a comprehensive training program to promote healthy adjustment to diagnosis to for children and adolescents living with HIV.

Botswana Orphans and Vulnerable Children Training Program

American International Health Alliance Twinning Program | Global Fellows from the University of Michigan | Children’s Place Association

Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
2010-2015

Children’s Place International partnered with the Marang Child Care Network Trust (MCCNT) of Botswana to increase capacity to provide services to orphans and vulnerable children. MCCNT is an association working with 80 child service providers throughout Botswana to support orphans and vulnerable children. Children’s Place worked with MCCNT to develop a curriculum and train these 80 organizations on psychosocial support for children and adolescents. Children’s Place has also trained organizations on resource mobilization.

Global Fellows
Guyana Roundtable

Guyana Family Support and HIV Disclosure Training Program

Ministry of Health and Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Guyana | Support from Positive Outcomes Consulting and Children’s Place Association

Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
2009-2010

Children’s Place International partnered with the Guyana Ministry of Health to provide trainings to 15 organizations including staff of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, and individual NGOs on providing care and support in the context of a family-strengthening model, HIV/AIDS disclosureand support group formation. Programming included customized technical assistance, trainingand follow-up visits to 40 individuals working with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security and several NGOs.

Guyana Village Care Points Planning Consultation

UNICEF | Support from Positive Outcomes | Children’s Place Association

Children’s Place International worked intensively with UNICEF Guyana program management to develop a project implementation plan to pilot and scale a Village Care Points initiative.

Guyana Village Care Points
Haiti CHAMP Project

Haiti Community Health AIDS Mitigation Program (CHAMP)

Catholic Relief Services

Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
2010-2013

CHAMP created service centers throughout Haiti to support orphans and vulnerable children and families. Children’s Place International’s partners operated a service center in Gonaives, the second largest city in Haiti, to provide nursing support, a transit house for rural clients on their way to or from clinic, support groups, after-school clubs, household economic strengthening activities and home visitation. In 2012, the center served 647 children and 677 adults affected by HIV/AIDS.

Haiti Program to Address Cholera

Catholic Relief Services

Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
2011

Children’s Place International’s partners provided critical services to communities in the Artibonite valley affected by cholera, including training on transmission prevention and distribution of clean water, oral rehydration salts and soap.

Haiti Program to Address Cholera
Global Fellows

Zambia Pediatric and Adolescent Consultation

United States Centers for Disease Control | Global Fellow from Stroger Hospital, Chicago

2016-present

At the request of United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zambia, Children’s Place International is reviewing adolescent development guidelines and inventorying pediatric and adolescent development interventions against available clinical evidence to help prioritize initiatives.

Healthcare Partners for Access Projects

Access to Health Project Haiti

Access to Health: Project Haiti

Partners in Health Haiti and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

2015-present

Children’s Place International manages an innovative partnership between Partners in Health Haiti and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International that increases access to essential healthcare services in order to help children and their families overcome illness and extreme poverty. Key project activities include addressing social determinants of health through improvements to housing and sanitation, connecting the clinic to the home through outreach workers, and increasing access to medicines and treatments. Results to date: 90% of individuals enrolled in the program report having ready access to essential health services.

Access to Health: Project Kenya and Tanzania

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

2016

Children’s Place International was engaged by Takeda to identify and help assess potential NGO partners in Kenya and Tanzania to implement an employee fellowship program focused on increasing access to health services to treat non-communicable diseases. Results: Children’s Place International successfully identified NGO partners that have strong potential to address meaningful healthcare needs in collaboration with Takeda employee fellows.

Healthcare Partners Kenya and Tz

Midwest Foundation Projects

Direct Impact Projects

Anonymous Family Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

2008-present

An Anonymous Foundation that had long supported children in poverty in Chicago expressed interest in working with Children’s Place International to help address the needs of children in Haiti. With resources from the Foundation, Children’s Place International, in collaboration with Partners in Health Haiti, is implementing a program in four communities with a goal to help children overcome extreme poverty through focused family supports. Elements include microsavings groups, primary and secondary school scholarships, medical case management and nutritional support for severely malnourished children. Results to date: Data collected on a six-month basis indicate a significant decline in malnourishment against baseline, a school participation rate of 88% of program participants at school age indicating overall health, and academic progress of children.

Konbit Lasante pou Limonade

Columbus, Indiana

2008-present

Konbit Lasante is an organization focused on elevating the primary healthcare of the community of Limonade, Haiti. Members of the group have long been active and personally involved in supporting this Haitian community. Children’s Place International partners with Konbit to provide access to supportive services and resources for children and families living with HIV/AIDS including case management, nutritional support, housing and sanitation improvements, tutoring, clean water, transportation and access to clinics, medications and other medical expenses. Results to date: 81 children have been enrolled in the program. Despite extreme poverty and illness,over 80% of children of school age pass to the next level each year, demonstrating overall health and academic achievement.

Direct Impact Projects
Direct Impact Projects

Rossman Family Foundation and the Civic Leadership Foundation

2010-present

The Rossman Family Foundation and the Civic Leadership Foundation (CLF) are on the forefront of empowering underserved young people in Chicago to become successful leaders. In 2010, Children’s Place International began working with the Rossman Family Foundation, CLF and Haitian partners to adapt and pilot their pioneering afterschool program curriculum to the Haitian context with a goal to prepare Haitian youth for successful career paths. The model includes three components: empowerment through entrepreneurship, civic leadership through project development and implementation, and ethical centeredness through cohort development. In 2014, the pilot was successfully completed with results against baseline indicating that on average, participants demonstrated improved confidence and leadership ability as measured by the VACO test, improved grade averages, and selection and pursuit of a career path. The program is now being scaled up in three communities.