Often a relatively small amount of money can have a big impact, especially in developing countries.
This is the thinking behind Child Health Foundation’s Small Grants Program. Every year we make several grants up to $5,000 each, mostly to stimulate innovative local programs or research that can become models. Our grants have often led directly to research in peer-reviewed journals, the kind of research that can make a difference in other communities.
Here are two of many possible examples of the impact that our small grants have had. To learn more about this program, go to the grants page on our website.
Health Professional Training in Kenya and Tanzania
Tenwek Hospital of Kenya has a program called Helping Babies Breathe. It’s a curriculum for neonatal resuscitation -- saving babies' lives -- designed to train health providers working in low-resource settings.
With our support, the program has provided training at four sites, training 180 neonatal care providers in Kenya and Tanzania. In addition, six master trainers have been trained at two sites, with each continuing to teach the Helping Babies Breathe curriculum and helping sustain other education programs.
The results were dramatic: a big drop in birth asphyxia, all stimulated by a modest grant that gave motivated local people the resources they needed to make a life-saving change.
The Principal Investigator, Dr. Amy Long Rule, an American doctor, hopes to continue to work with the Kenyan obstetric team to design further endeavors and expand this model to save newborns and mothers to other low-resource settings. In the meantime, she is finishing a paper about education and quality improvement projects.
Dr. Rule has presented this research at multiple meetings at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and both papers were to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in 2016.
Pediatric Obesity Study in the U.S.
With the goal of tackling the growing obesity problem in the U.S., researchers at the University of Rhode Island, in partnership with The Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Kids Café, conducted a study using Bod Squad, an innovative video developed by the nutrition faculty at the University.
A total of 234 low-income, multi-racial urban boys and girls aged 6 to15 completed questions on an interactive video. Questions included demographics, food behavior, physical and sedentary activity levels, and body image perception.
The survey showed that 40% were overweight or at immediate risk of becoming overweight. Interestingly, heavier children did not perceive their body size and shape accurately.
The intervention went well and will be used by the Providence School System and others to craft more interventions promoting healthy weight in low-income children.
Your support for our work can help create many more stories like these. Thank you.