Coordinated Zika Response
In light of the Zika virus outbreak, CORE Group Members came together to form the Coordinated Zika Response Group to align interventions and share and adapt resources. CORE Group convened the group online, where over 60 global health professionals shared and downloaded Zika resources, engaged in discussions, and accessed the latest updates from WHO, provided by CORE Group.
CORE Group also hosted a Zika Virus Technical Updates webinar with presenters from Save the Children, PCI, and Anthrologica.
Humanitarian-Development Task Force
In response to the need for improved coordination, communication, and collaborative learning, CORE Group created a Humanitarian-Development Global Health Task Force to focus on emergency response, recovery, and development. In late 2016, Task Force Co-Chairs Jesse Hartness (Director, Emergency Health and Nutrition, Save the Children), and Dominic Bowen (Humanitarian Advisor, Medical Teams International) began conducting donor and stakeholder consultation around the priority issues to address.
At the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in October 2016, CORE Group Executive Director Lisa Hilmi spoke during the “Urgent Issues in Global Maternal and Child Health” session. She highlighted CORE Group Members’ work in humanitarian and conflict settings.
Civil Society Advocacy
CORE Group organized the non-governmental organization (NGO) community in opposition to a March 2016 commentary in The Lancet called “Uncivil Society” that echoed a prevalent systematic bias in the treatment of NGOs.
The letter, published in The Lancet in June 2016, responds to each point of the civil society criticisms, asserting that “NGOs are diverse and dynamic entities that are responsive to social, cultural, and political trends, with varying missions, foci, technical acumen, religious affiliation, experience, and quality assurance standards.” Learn more.
Ebola Virus Disease Care Group Module
The Ebola Care Group Module is a set of lesson plans, developed by CORE Group’s Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Working Group, for use in Care Group projects for the control of Ebola Viral Disease. Lesson Plans 1-4 are intended for use in countries which have not yet experienced but are at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Lesson Plans 5-9 are designed for use in countries which are currently or have been in the midst of an Ebola epidemic.
Complexity Matters Call to Action
CORE Group’s SBC Working Group developed the Call to Action—Complexity Matters, and encouraged CORE Group Members to sign on in support. The call advocates for context-sensitive and complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation approaches and the commitment of both donors and implementers to make that happen. Over 70 organizations and individuals signed on.
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Submitted by COOPI
“COOPI has utilized CORE Group’s Positive Deviance resource in implementation of a CMAM project for the last decade. Based on this resource we have developed a number of tools, adapted to the local context, to meet the real need of the people. The midwife in the photo is holding her breastfed baby at the entrance of a health center.”