Announcing Two New Projects: WashPlus, and India Behavior Change Communication for Improving Healthy Behaviors Program
Posted on November 23, 2010

The Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing is pleased to announce two new projects, WashPlus a global USAID program focusing on environmental health and the successor to FHI 360's Hygiene Improvement Project, and the USAID-funded India Behavior Change Communication for Improving Healthy Behaviors Program.


The USAID-funded WashPlus is a five-year project, running through September 2015, with a contract value of $100,000,000.  The project’s overall objective is to support the further development, introduction, and delivery of high-impact interventions in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and indoor air quality (IAQ).  WashPlus will address the leading environment-related risk factors for mortality in children that are causally related and/or associated with diarrheal disease, newborn infection, malnutrition, and pneumonia, including:  inadequate water supply, unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and hygiene behaviors, and poor indoor air quality from biomass-based cooking.

WashPlus will aim to:  increase the availability and use of proven high-impact WASH and IAQ interventions, including services, products, practices, and information; develop and implement strategies for integration of WASH and IAQ interventions into other health and non-health programs; support USAID’s participation in strategic partnerships with other donors and cooperating agencies; and develop and test new and innovative approaches and tools for implementation of high-impact WASH and IAQ interventions.

The project will be led by Sandy Callier.  Core partners include Winrock International and CARE.

India Behavior Change Communication for Improving Healthy Behavior Program

This new Behavior Change Communication project is a $47 million task order in India under the USAID TASC-3 IQC.  The new award will focus on institutional strengthening for health communication at both the national level and in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  The project will utilize evidence-based approaches to design BCC strategies for HIV/AIDS, TB, MCH, and FP/RH that reach the community level and facilitate individual and social change.  Through advocacy and rights-based approaches, vulnerable communities will be empowered to address health issues and overcome barriers related to gender and stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and other diseases.  The project will run through September 2013, with a two-year option period.

FHI 360’s Chief of Party Nora de Guzman is a senior FHI 360 SBCC expert who has led FHI 360’s avian influenza communication program in Vietnam over the past five years, and previously she directed a large FP communication program in the Philippines.  Jill Randell will be the headquarters Project Director.  FHI 360’s core partners include the Population Council and Population Services International, along with Indian partners such as the Public Health Foundation of India and Academy of Management Sciences.

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