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START Center Projects



The START team conducted a landscape analysis of family planning surveys to explore the possibility using surveys that collect data on contraceptive use, including DHS and PMA 2020, to monitor changes in availability and use of contraceptives and condoms by adolescent girls and young women in DREAMS districts.

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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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Demand Investments

The START team conducted a literature review of demand side interventions for family planning, focused in Sub-Saharan Africa, and examples of behavior change investments within and outside of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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DRC Survey

The START team used a multi-pronged approach to provide a broad overview of the trends and indicators in the DRC for sectors including health, finance, and infrastructure.

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Gut Health Digest

This monthly literature review summarizes new publications in the peer-reviewed literature that inform the field of environmental enteric disease diagnostics and therapeutics in low-resource settings.

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OIN Convening

START, with support from a group of University of Washington geography students, participated as rapporteurs in the Radiant (Formerly “Open Imagery Network”) Thought Leaders Summit hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

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India, Under 5 Mortality

The START team conducted a literature review of examples of successful and unsuccessful diffusion of programs and interventions aimed at reducing maternal, child, and neonatal mortality in India.

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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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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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Typhoid Literature Review

The START team was commissioned by BMGF to work on a literature review that would contribute to improving the current scientific knowledge on typhoid fever.

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Continuing Professional Development

The objective of the project (initiated by the Treatment, Research and Expert Education (TREE) and the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH) programs at the UW Department of Global Health), was to provide a comprehensive overview of the heath sector CPD environment including legislation and policies, current CPD interventions, and CPD needs, gaps, and opportunities in three target African countries (Malawi, Tanzania, and South Africa) with a focus on CPD programs for nurses, midwives, and doctors engaging in HIV and TB service delivery.

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Environmental Enteric Disease Interventions 2.0

The Enteric and Diarrheal Disease Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation engaged the START team to conduct a landscape analysis for pre- and pro-biotic interventions for growth faltering that may be caused by Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED).

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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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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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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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Family Planning On-Demand Contraceptives

A landscape analysis of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic literature to investigate the use of levenorgestrel (LNG) and UPA (ulipristal acetate) for on demand contraception, a product taken by women pre- peri- or post-coitally potentially multiple times a month in order to prevent pregnancy.

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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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Family Planning Survey

To support the Family Planning (FP) team at the Foundation, the START team mapped the landscape of major domestic sources of data, on indicators of family health and well-being, available in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and researched the costs of administering household surveys.

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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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Familiar Faces Landscape Analysis

To support the Design Team at Public Health Seattle-King County (PHSKC), the Domestic START team at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice conducted background research on efforts that are underway locally, both in King County and Washington state, and in other parts of the country focused on similar "Familiar Faces" populations.

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Sustainability and Growth of University Global Health Programs

In collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the START team conducted a survey of universities engaged in academic global health activities, including research, training and/or service delivery in order to better understand perceived barriers to the sustainability of such programs.

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Technical Support Units Landscape and Lessons Learned

The START team conducted a landscape analysis to summarize experiences identified in the literature across the continuum of embedded and partnered technical support units (TSU) typologies to investigate the utility of TSUs as an aid delivery mechanism.

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mHealth for HIV

The START team evaluated the evidence for using mobile health (mHealth) tools to strengthen services along the HIV cascade of care in low-resource settings, and created tools for the Foundation to use to identify projects and programs that may be poised for scale-up.

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