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LEPP Donations are Used in Programs that Provide Training and Build the Capacity of the Local Workforce

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Team Member Spotlight: Luis Antonio Alanya Villantoy

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Vysnova Partners is proud to highlight team member, Luis Antonio Alanya Villantoy. Mr. Alanya is a Program Manager for a NAMRU-6 project based in Peru. He facilitates information flow between the COR, the contractor, and contract personnel. He oversees the on-boarding of new contractors and serves as a key resource for all contracted personnel. He is also responsible for identifying and evaluating problems affecting project research, mission goals, and making sure that all reports are submitted in a timely manner.

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LEPP Donations Help People in Rural Haiti Gain Access to Affordable Health Care

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LEPP Donations Help People in Rural Haiti Gain Access to Affordable Health Care

LEPP donations of dental equipment were transferred by partner organization Food for the Poor, Inc. to Bethesda Community Health Center in a rural community of Onaville, Haiti. Most people in Onaville do not prioritize oral health because the majority of clinics are either inaccessible or too expensive. Most residents only seek treatment after symptoms worsen. Left untreated, many of these conditions become chronic.

Bethesda Community Health Center was built right after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, spearheaded by health professionals working in remote areas to address the urgent health care needs of displaced communities. In partnership with Food for the Poor Inc. and other generous donors, the center was established to provide a permanent space to treat acute and chronic diseases for populations residing in Onaville and the surrounding communities.

François Leclerc (pictured getting treatment above), 31, came to the center from his small home-town in Canaan, a community located 10 kilometers from the Bethesda Community Health Center. It was his very first visit to the dentist. “Growing up, going to the dentist was viewed as an unnecessary expense and a luxury by my parents – lately, I have been in so much pain, I could not eat, I could not even touch my face,” said François.

Aided by the dental equipment donated through LEPP and Food For The Poor Inc., François received the appropriate care and treatment at the health center. “The clinic is very affordable, I paid 150 gourdes [approx. $1.60], for a consultation,” he added.


About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars’ worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.

In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars’ worth of surplus property to 14 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars’ worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.

These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Pakistan and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania.

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Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Medical equipment such as autoclave sterilizers and hospital beds were transferred through LEPP and its partner organization Deseret International to the Peninsula Medical Center in the Bataa region of the Philippines. The center provides medical care and treatment for nominal fees and in some instances at no cost to patients. Had the center procured the medical equipment and supplies in the local market, it would have paid approximately 50% more of the dollar value of the donations. Every dollar that is saved is invested in health care services that provide diagnosis and treatment for patients who cannot afford basic medical care.

Pruna (pictured above) is a widow who earns a very modest income by working at a laundromat. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and was distraught when she discovered that she could not afford the cost of surgery that could save her life. However, when Pruna reached out to the Peninsula Medical Center, she was admitted and underwent chemotherapy and mastectomy – completely free of any medical fees. This is just one example of how donations of essential medical supplies lessen the financial burden of health institutions, helping more underserved and disadvantaged patients access life-saving care at no or minimal cost.


About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars’ worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.

In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars’ worth of surplus property to 14 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars’ worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.

These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Pakistan and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania.

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Vysnova CoVID-19 Guidance to Staff

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As the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Vysnova Management team wants to make sure that everyone knows that the health and safety of our Employees and Consultants is our top priority. Please see the attached document (click on the link below to view the PDF) for additional guidance and suggestions.

Download Vysnova’s CoVID-19 Guidance to Staff

Global Health Security Agenda: CDC Drives 5 Years of Progress; Threats Remain
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Global Health Security Agenda: CDC Drives 5 Years of Progress; Threats Remain

Global Health Security Agenda: CDC Drives 5 Years of Progress; Threats Remain

In today’s globalized world, a disease threat anywhere is a disease threat everywhere. 
 
The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is an international effort to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. CDC’s investment in global health security drives five years of GHSA progress, making the United States and the world safer from infectious disease threats. Since the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda
  • All 17 CDC-supported GHSA countries have improved their capacity to identify, track, and respond to public health threats and outbreaks.
  • Outbreaks around the world have been detected and stopped more rapidly than ever before.
  • Over 4,400 people were trained in all FETP programs under GHSA. This is, on average, over two times as many FETP graduates per year than prior to the implementation of GHSA.
CDC will continue to build on its foundation of technical expertise, assisting countries in expanding and improving disease surveillance systems, laboratory systems, workforce development, and emergency management and response capacities. To protect the United States and the world from dangerous diseases and outbreaks, a sustained focus on global health security is critical.
Learn more about CDC’s progress in GHSA and CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection‘s global health security work.

About Vysnova Partners

Vysnova staff has worked in more than 30 countries to advance the health and well-being of communities worldwide. Whether it’s Zika prevention research with the CDC in Peru, supporting the Navy’s healthcare efforts in Southeast Asia, or supporting the Demographic Health Survey for USAID throughout Africa, Vysnova knows how to initiate and implement projects internationally to keep our customers in compliance while advancing the project and the broader mission that it serves.

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World Birth Defects Day

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World Birth Defects Day

Today is World Birth Defects Day and we would like to take a moment to highlight the work of one of our partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The VEZ ZEN program is the result of a collaboration between the CDC, INS, and the Colombian Ministry of Health. The goal of VEZ and ZEN is to study birth defects in infants as a result of Zika virus exposure. Vysnova Partners supports CDC efforts in the VEZ/ZEN Program. We could not be prouder to promote the achievements of our partner in Colombia. Thank you for everything you do!

What is World Birth Defects Day?

World Birth Defects Day (WBDD), observed on March 3 each year, unites people and organizations working in the field of birth defects, also known as congenital anomalies, congenital disorders or congenital conditions. There are many types of birth defects and this day recognizes our collective voice in raising awareness for all birth defects (#manybirthdefects1voice).

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About Vysnova Partners

Vysnova staff has worked in more than 30 countries to advance the health and well-being of communities worldwide. Whether it’s Zika prevention research with the CDC in Peru, supporting the Navy’s healthcare efforts in Southeast Asia, or supporting the Demographic Health Survey for USAID throughout Africa, Vysnova knows how to initiate and implement projects internationally to keep our customers in compliance while advancing the project and the broader mission that it serves.

 

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Vysnova Partners Acknowledged In Supporting Zika Global Health Program

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News update from Vysnova VEZ & ZEN program

Vysnova Partners was recently acknowledged in supporting the global health program on Zika research in Colombia by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colombia Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS). As an outcome of the joint international collaboration, CDC and INS recently published an article “Zika Virus Detection in Amniotic Fluid and Zika-Associated Birth Defects” in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on January 15, 2020. This research was also supported by the Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the terms of an Interagency Agreement with CDC and funding by CDC. Vysnova Partners has contributed to this joint international collaboration by providing support for national surveillance efforts through a cooperative agreement (NU2GGH001732) under CDC. This is the recognition of the dedication of the VEZ & ZEN Program Management Office staff of Vysnova Partners across the U.S., Colombia, and Peru!

 

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Project Spotlight: Southeast Asia Biosurveillance and Epidemiology Research

The Problem:

The current global disease control strategy is focused almost entirely on responding to pandemics after they have emerged, leaving the global community vulnerable to rising human health threats. The emergence of Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome serve as poignant examples. Considering the speed at which these types of infectious diseases can spread across the globe, the development of systems to prevent pandemics and to detect emerging threats early on is vitally important. In today’s world of global trade and air travel, the exponential rate through which pathogens can spread from one human to thousands across continents in a single day is of crucial concern, increasing the necessity for proactive and globally integrated pandemic response systems.

The Work:

NAMRU-2 is a leader in the U.S. Department of Defense’s disease surveillance efforts.  They are well-positioned to evaluate novel diagnostics products and therapeutic interventions, test disease control strategies, and to develop local expertise to detect and respond to emergent disease threats.

The Vysnova Impact:

As a contractor working with the U.S. Navy, Vysnova works to ensure full engagement of in-country collaborators and provides comprehensive program support to enhance biosurveillance and biosafety capacity building across study sites in Southeast Asia. The Vysnova team provides technical and managerial support to a plethora of cohort and surveillance studies across the Southeast Asia region in order to investigate and better understand vector-borne febrile and respiratory illnesses. Vysnova provides in-country staff to NAMRU-2 to assist in task completion tracking, develop and maintain data repositories, collaborate with local implementation partners and research institutes, and supply direct administrative and IT support to NAMRU-2. From our Washington, D.C.-based project office, Vysnova provides higher-level program-wide support by tracking study progress, overseeing contract compliance, and liaising with Principal Investigators to facilitate discussions on strategic directions of the research. Our collaborative and solution-based approach allows NAMRU-2 investigators to focus on the critical science at hand, developing strategies for combating future infectious disease threats to human health.