Alumnus Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant For Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development for Mali Health Organizing Project
Kristopher Ansin, MPH, a 2011 graduate and Executive Director of the Mali Health Organizing Project, is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ansin will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Improving the Patient Experience in Primary Care Clinics.”
Waiting for healthcare in Mail. Kristopher Ansin, MPH, a
2011 graduate and Executive Director of the Mali Health
Organizing Project, will pursue an innovative global health
and development research project, titled “Improving the
Patient Experience in Primary Care Clinics.”
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how persistent global health and development challenges are solved. Kris Ansin’s project is one of over 50 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12 grants announced June 4 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To receive funding, Ansin and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included agriculture development, behavior change and looking into animal and human health. Applications for the next round will be accepted starting September 2014.
Mali Health intends to increase the capacity, utilization and sustainability of local primary care centers in peri-urban Bamako, Mali, through a participatory quality improvement program. The program will engage both patients and providers to identify bottlenecks and gaps in the continuum of care and work together to implement solutions. This interactive approach is guided by the notion that underuse of healthcare centers in resource-poor communities is as much a result of poor communication, treatment and processes as it is of high costs or limited inventory. With an emphasis on local adoption and rapid results, Mali Health hopes to create a sustainable and scalable model that addresses structural challenges of care in resource-constrained settings. Ansin, Executive Director of Mali Health since 2012, leads a team with deep experience in this arena.
About Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 950 people in more than 55 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.
About the Mali Health Organizing Project
Mali Health is a US-based 501(c)3 organization working to improve maternal and child health in peri-urban Bamako, Mali, through direct health services, health system strengthening and community development. Peri-urban communities are the world’s fastest growing populaces, and new patient-centric approaches are required to achieve improved, sustained health outcomes. Mali Health reduces the gap between what individuals need and what they can access by designing and implementing models that promote collaboration between communities and local health systems and improving quality primary care at low costs, while increasing the capacity of and participation in local health systems.
June 4, 2014