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Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of Global Health Research Foundation (GHRF) is to create sustainability in health development for the underserved, domestically and globally. GHRF consists of a diverse group of health and technology consultants who have the ability to identify key gaps in an existing delivery system and devise the appropriate intervention to best ensure the desired outcome. We bring to our projects medical and technical know-how, as well as the unique ability to rapidly assess the outcome of interventions. GHRF currently works with community health programs and academic institutions, and envisions both new and ongoing governmental and nongovernmental public health projects.

Geographic areas served: United States, Africa, Asia, South America

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Global Health Research Foundation is a nonprofit providing tools for sustainable health development to underserved communities. Our tools include open-sourced software targeted to create sustainability, IT and technical support to implement these tools, and consultation and project management to utilize outcomes to rapidly hone, refine and target resources. GHRF has had particular success with our "outcomes" tool, a data warehouse allowing disparate health data sources to be "dropped in", cleaned and analyzed, so that health outcomes may be accessed almost in "real time". Data in the warehouse can be re-queried at any time, as new questions emerge or new data sources are dropped in. This tool addresses a key deficiency in health development projects for the underserved - access to outcomes. GHRF has implemented this tool successfully in three major projects: The Uganda Malaria Surveillance Project (tackling malaria in Africa), the Central Valley Asthma Project (tackling pollution and asthma in Fresno, California, 2nd most polluted city in U.S. where rate of associated asthma is 3 times higher than anywhere else in the country) and in Bhutan Health Data Access Project (targeting maternal mortality and health improvement to support Bhutan's self created primary care delivery system). This all-volunteer organization is the beneficiary of donated silicon valley talent from IT experts including Josh Mailman, engineers including Dr. My Le and Dr. Bess Ho (Stanford), physicians like Dr. Wendy Thanassi, Dr. Rika Bajra and Dr. Amy Muzaffar and special talent from nutritionists and graphic artists like Laurie Hartford and Doug Dworkin. This team has shown outstanding vision in creating meaningful, sustainable examples of inventive solutions to create equitable, quality healthcare in underserved global populations. They have creatively woven technology and software into a locally supported system to measure, track, and control malaria in Uganda. Their goal is to access accurate evidence of disease rapidly in its earliest stages, intervene in time to save lives, and to control the spread of illness. This insightful team has taken existing technologies, combined them thoughtfully with workable processes supportable on the local level, crafting a long-term sustainable, affordable system and process that can be used in disease-prone regions globally. Their ability to report evidence and intervene in early stages of disease can support efforts worldwide to reduce burden of disease, providing a foundation and crucial link nowhere else delivered.