Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development
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Project overview

Ilolangulu Millennium Village Project in Tanzania

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) aims primarily to help poor villages become self-sustaining units by 2015. The main challenges are agricultural productivity, public health, education, and infrastructure. The Novartis Foundation supports the MVP Tanzania in health-related research and finances the Ilolangulu village in the Tanzania village cluster.

Access to primary healthcare services in rural Mali

The Novartis Foundation has helped establish a health insurance scheme in the country’s largest rural municipality. From the outset, both the range and quality of curative and preventive health services were improved. The pilot project is today regarded as a reference for the whole of Mali. Building on its five years of experience, the foundation has expanded its activities to other health areas in the Ségou region.

ICATT - computer-based learning program for diagnosing childhood diseases

One of the most promising instruments for reducing child mortality is Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), an integrated approach to managing the most common diseases. The Novartis Foundation has developed a computer-based learning program, together with WHO, the ICATT.

Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) in Tanzania

Together with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Swiss Tropical Institute, the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development has remodeled the training center in Ifakara from scratch. The main aim is to help the center create a distinctive profile in health training that also secures the center's financial self-reliance.

REPSSI – up-scaling of psychosocial support for AIDS orphans

This initiative is engaged in a broad-based up-scaling of the Humuliza project. In collaboration with more than 140 NGOs in Southern and Eastern Africa, it trains course leaders, develops manuals and lobbies the governments of the 13 project countries to gain recognition of psychosocial support as a basic right and an essential element of social policy.

Comprehensive leprosy care in India

With the Comprehensive Leprosy Care Program, the foundation is helping to relieve the suffering of people damaged by leprosy through the provision of care and healing and to improve their health and quality of life through reconstructive surgery and economic rehabilitation.

Patient-centered treatment of tuberculosis in Tanzania

With this approach patients can choose where they want to be treated (in the health center or at home) and who they want to supervise them (a family member, spouse or healthcare professional). This concept reinforces patients’ personal responsibility for their own treatment.

ACCESS - improving acces to effective malaria treatment in Tanzania

The ACCESS project is devoted to studying and improving access to effective malaria treatment in Tanzania. The project has also developed a generic model for the problems of access, which can be equally applied to other countries and other diseases.

Annual report 2012

The annual report 2012 of the Novartis Foundation is now available.

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