Recent Developments

TIST: Rising carbon price enables more rapid growth of TIST tree growing in Africa and India

Growth of TIST’s pro-poor tree growing activities in sub-Saharan Africa and India has been held back in the past by the low price paid in the informal carbon market for its “high quality” carbon credits. The greater recent awareness of the need to act to address climate change has led to a large increase in 2020 in the price paid to purchase TIST’s carbon credits. The resulting increase in resources has enabled TIST to adopt a more ambitious expansion plan aimed at substantial further increases in the currently 90,000 farmer beneficiaries and the currently 18 million trees grown.


EfD help Jacaranda scale their maternal health solutions through partnerships with Kenya’s Ministry of Health and Kenya’s Council of Governors (COG)

5 March 2021

Jacaranda recognize that improving maternal health is a collective effort, and strong partnerships will be required to scale their solutions and embed them as standard of care at the national level. 

Launching a National EmONC Mentorship Curriculum with Kenya’s Ministry of Health

Jacaranda Health has been supporting Kenya’s Department of Family Health (DFH) to develop and pilot its ‘National EmONC Mentorship Training Package’. This curriculum creates a standardized approach to mentorship training for all partners involved in EmONC skill building, and we are excited to have contributed to its development. Additionally, Jacaranda worked with the DFH team to train a new batch of mentors using the draft curriculum.

“The training was a great success due to the wonderful collaboration between the MOH team and Jacaranda health team. It was good to see the Ministry spearheading the process and advocating for mentorship.. we believe that this will help bridge the knowledge and skills gaps being experienced country wide among health practitioners.” Teresiah Gatitu, Nurse Mentor

Scaling County partnerships by working with Kenya’s Council of Governors (COG)

Kenya’s Council of Governors (COG) is an organization that coordinates the sharing of information, capacity building and coordination amongst the 47 County Governors and their teams. We recently met with the COG CEO, Ms. Jacqueline Mogeni and Ms. Khatra Ali the COG-Health Secretariat to discuss Jacaranda’s current partnerships with 10 counties and explore opportunities for future partnerships. The COG leadership team suggested areas of strategic alignment, including strategies for increased cost-sharing and sustainability. They also shared a letter of endorsement to support expansion of our PROMPTS and mentorship programs across counties. Watch this space for more collaborations with the dynamic COG team as we scale our programs across Kenya.

Collaborating with I-DAIR to achieve inclusive, equitable and responsible deployment of data and AI for health

Jacaranda leverages machine learning and AI to reach more mums and improve health systems in Kenya, but we recognize that we need to work with a broader coalition of global partners to consider the technological and ethical implications of these next generation tools. In light of this, we’re excited to announce a new MOU with The International Digital Health & Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (IDAIR) to work on these issues. I-DAIR is a multi-stakeholder platform focused on global research collaborations on digital health and solving problems around the inclusive, equitable and responsible deployment of data and AI for health. Jacaranda and I-DAIR are exploring initial projects that could be scaled by other partners in the network, around the themes of Digital Innovations in Health System (DIHS), Digital Architectures & Data Interoperability (DADI), and Governance for Digital Health and AI.

 

Jacaranda's Delta e-learning platform now providing award winning accredited emergency obstetric and newborn training programmes to 130 government nurse mentors in 8 partner counties.

4 February 2021

In Jacaranda's most recent newsletter they annouce the launch of DELTA, an e-learning platform for healthcare providers across the country, share how they are working with Kakamega County to rethink maternal and newborn health service delivery and publish their quarterly Impact Report from Q4 2020.

 

Reflections on 2020 from Jacaranda

18 December 2020

Like many others in the health space, 2020 has been a year of learning and adapting. It has been no different for us at Jacaranda Health. Maternal health has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic, and this year has challenged us to act creatively to ensure that mothers and babies receive quality care when they need it. As this year comes to an end, we reflect on a few achievements our team is proud of and look ahead to the year to come:

  • When COVID-19 reached Kenya, our goal was to accelerate the reach of our programs to as many women as possible to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on care-seeking and service delivery. Over the course of 2020, we have doubled our county partnerships, and are now deploying programs in 8 of Kenya’s most populous counties, where nearly 30% of the population lives
  • We have reached over 350,00 mothers with our PROMPTS digital health platform, helping mothers to navigate facility restrictions and closures during the country-wide lockdown, and access care at critical moments during pregnancy and postpartum. We have developed new features over the platform, using AI to ‘triage’ women with potential danger signs to our clinical help desk, and creating digital referrals for cases sent from our help desk to healthcare facilities.
  • We have also grown our network of in-facility nurse mentors, who support their peers building skills to manage obstetric and neonatal emergencies. We have built a network of 190 in-facility mentors who have mentored over 3,000 healthcare providers in 103 public hospitals. Our team adapted to virtual trainings and support meetings, and kept up morale as healthcare providers stood on the front lines of the pandemic. In order to keep facilitating provider skills development at scale, we are excited to be launching an e-learning platform for healthcare providers, who can access virtual learning modules over their phones.
  • We are kicking off a country-wide impact evaluation funded by USAID and with partners at Harvard and IPA.

As we reflect on the challenges and successes of the year, we also look ahead into the coming year with excitement. We remain laser-focused on our target of reaching 1.5 million mothers and babies with our programs by the year 2022 and reaching national scale in Kenya as the standard of care in all public facilities. Our work is getting national recognition, as team members participated in developing the national Ministry of Health guideline for provider mentorship. We are also investigating a pilot in one new country in 2021.

Looking ahead to 2021, our team is excited by the challenges and opportunities that await us. We will keep working to expand and improve along the way, to ensure all mothers and babies get access to the quality care that they deserve.

Nick and Sathy, Executive Directors

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Jacaranda receive $1.5m USAID award to launch an independent impact evaluation

2 November 2020

Jacaranda are excited to share that they have recently received funding from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) fund to launch a large-scale impact evaluation of their programs. This is an important step for Jacaranda as they continue to build the evidence base for their core programs, and rigorously evaluate their impact on health outcomes. Jacaranda will be working with an independent evaluation team, and partnering with Margaret McConnell and Jessica Cohen from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.