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START Center Global Program Project List

Below is a representative sample of projects START Center teams have worked on with accompanying project deliverables or summaries for each.



Area-Based Teamwork for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

The objective of this project was to review the literature on area-based teamwork for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) or inter-facility collaboration, and to identify critical gaps in the literature to better understand the potential for impact to help shape future investments in this area.

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Characterizing the Global Burden of Hepatitis E Outbreaks

The START team undertook a systematic review of peer-reviewed and gray literature to create comprehensive documentation of the occurrence of hepatitis E outbreaks globally, which will help quantify the burden of hepatitis E disease, and inform future investments.

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Ebola Response Project

The START team conducted a comparison across a set of evaluation/recommendation reports generated as a result of the global health response to the 2014 Ebola Pandemic.

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Environmental Enteric Dysfunction Interventions 3.0

The Enteric and Diarrheal Disease Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation engaged the START team to conduct a landscape analysis probiotic interventions in preterm infants, children under 5 undergoing immunosuppression therapy, or living in Low and Middle Income Countries.

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Fecal Sludge Sensors

The START Center conducted a landscape analysis for the Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation team on available technologies to track trucks, quantify volumes of fecal sludge, and quantify solid composition of fecal sludge using peer reviewed literature, gray literature, product catalogs, and key informant interviews.

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Gender and Vaccination

The START team worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) Vaccine Delivery (VxDel) team to develop an understanding of opportunities for their work to reflect a growing gender equity focus across the Foundation by conducting a literature review and developing hypotheses for potential further exploration.

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Global Health Programs and Partnerships: Evidence of Mutual Benefit and Equity

To inform further development of equitable and effective global health partnerships, the START team collaborated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to examine the mutual benefit of international partnerships in global health programs and to develop a strategic roadmap to guide North American academic institution global health programs and their international institution partners.

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Gut Health Digest

In October 2016, the START Center launched the Gut Health Digest to support the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases and Discovery teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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MNCH Discovery & Treatment Digest

In October 2017, the START Center launched the MNCH Discovery & Treatment Digest to support the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases and Discovery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Neglected Tropical Diseases: Women and Girls in Focus

The START team conducted a literature review of evidence in three thematic areas concerning gender considerations in NTDs: impact of NTDs on women and girls, delivery of NTD programs by women and impact of women in the workplace, and reach of the MDA platform and access by women and girls.

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Nutrition DAE

The START team conducted a review of large household surveys, health management information systems, and global nutrition databases to assess how nutrition data are collected and made available on a global scale.

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Performance Management and Accountability

To inform a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Working Group’s understanding of the field of performance management in health delivery, the START team conducted a comprehensive evidence review of literature from the fields of management, healthcare administration, and global health, identifying gaps in evidence and areas for future exploration.

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START conducted a case study analysis of five major fundraising events to understand key factors that led to the virality of these campaigns, and the immediate and long term impacts of these campaigns on the individual non-profit recipients, and on the overall non-profit fundraising sector.

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The START Center team responded to a project request from Children’s HeartLink (CHL), an organization that supports capacity-building of pediatric surgical care in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), to conduct a rapid assessment of CHL’s current model and to develop recommendations to support scaling.

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START Researchers examine the impact of vulnerabilities, social constraints, and access to public and private health facilities on the utilization of MNCH services in Nigeria

The START team performed data extraction and calculation of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) indicators from Nigerian national health surveys and conducted a literature review on demand and utilization of MNCH services as they relate to vulnerabilities, social constraints, and differences in the public and private health sectors.

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START reviews alternatives to the Human Landing Catch

The START team conducted key informant interviews, and a synthesis of two recent literature reviews, to summarize the global and regional perspectives on the need for a replacement to the human landing catch, in order to aid future funding decisions.

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START reviews how gender interfaces with routine immunization strengthening in Polio high risk geographies

The START team conducted a review on academic and grey literature, as well as key informant interviews, to identify how gender interfaces with routine immunization activities in 10 focus geographies. These interactions were not limited to equal coverage of antigens, but included the influence of dynamics at the individual, household, community, health system, and policy level.

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START Team Identifies Vaccine Gaps & Opportunities

The START Center conducted a review of country-specific Gavi documents for the Vaccine Delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in order to assess the challenges, successes, and current focus for immunization activities in a variety of low and middle income countries, and to identify and evaluate patterns across health system domains as well as between country categories as defined by the foundation.

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START works to understand Vaccination Coverage Data Quality Incentives

The START team conducted a review on published literature, identified a guiding conceptual framework, and interviewed experts from global programs focusing on vaccination projects. START provided an evidence database that lists the different successful interventions for improving vaccination coverage data quality, along with lists of barriers and facilitators.

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