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UNC receives record $181 million grant to evaluate health, poverty and gender programs worldwide
Date:9/8/2008

mation is essential to improve the health of the world's population," Curtis said. "This award provides a fabulous opportunity to strengthen our understanding of global health programs and improve the collection, analysis and use of population and health information."

The project's partners includes John Snow Inc., Macro International, Tulane University, The Futures Group International and Management Sciences for Health.

The MEASURE (Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results) Evaluation project uses different strategies to collect and use data about health issues. For example, a tool for assessing and modifying HIV/AIDS prevention programs locally or nationally called the Priorities for Local AIDS Efforts (PLACE) method can identify geographic areas that contain key HIV transmission networks. The PLACE method was developed by Sharon Weir, Ph.D., research assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and a CPC fellow.

The project will focus on developing the expertise of health workers and officials in host countries to collect, analyze and use data that are gathered. Building on its existing monitoring and evaluation training courses, researchers will launch a distance learning component to increase the number of people who are trained to monitor and evaluate health programs. Communities of practice will also be created so people from different countries who work on the same health issue can share information and learn from each other.


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Contact: Patric Lane
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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