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June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Directing the team's efforts to tackle malaria in Uganda The most impressive aspect of the team at GHRF is its humanity. Team members work intensively to generate creative, culturally appropriate and respectful, sustainable health solutions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide the group with a fundraiser. The team on the ground spends as much time and thought on practical execution in the local environment and on linking of disparate technologies. To self-sustain, more organizational ongoing fundraising will be key

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with committed, caring, talented team members to solve complex issues and reduce disease burden in medically underserved communities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Respectful, humble, caring, committed and driven to improve life for all humankind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the world! 1. Replicate the disease surveillance program in all malaria, TB and HIV-prone countries 2. Provide mobile, IT and data tools to all programs providing services where the burden of disease is high, and access to resources is limited

Ways to make it better...

I could work for GHRF full time!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Infrastructure funding "project-specific" funds are available, but organizational infrastructure funding or "seed money" is harder to come by. All organizations need this, and GHRF is no exception.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Several volunteers in this organization have had life experiences that have motivated them to create a meaningful life. This creates an exciting and fulfilling work environment. As engineer Dr. My Le said, "Save the world, and have fun doing it"

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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