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Vysnova Partners, Inc. Awarded the Naval Medical Research Unit-6 Research in Peru

Landover, MD March 26, 2020 –

Vysnova Partners, a global health program management firm, was recently awarded the Naval Medical Research Unit-6 (NAMRU-6) Research and Administrative Support Services Program to provide support to NAMRU-6 which is based in Peru. This single award IDIQ contract has a $44 million ceiling. The contract provides support for NAMRU-6’s mission as they conduct biomedical research in the field of infectious diseases and global health that is responsive to U.S. Navy requirements and delivers lifesaving products including knowledge, technology, and medical materiel that sustain the effectiveness of the uniformed service members through respectful cooperation with their collaborators. As the contract holder, Vysnova will support the ongoing development, performance and management of research across Latin America and Caribbean in collaboration with host-country partners.

The NAMRU-6 contract expands our firm’s efforts to help our clients develop a better understanding of infectious disease and their effects on a global basis. In addition to working with NAMRU-6, Vysnova is also working with NAMRU-2 under the Southeast Asia Biosurveillance and Epidemiology Research (SABER) II contract supporting similar work in the South East Asia Region, and working at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) supporting research efforts as a subcontractor to General Dynamics Information Technology.

Some of Vysnova’s other work in the global health field includes supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Program where we help conduct health surveys on a global basis as a subcontractor to ICF International. In addition, Vysnova works with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supporting program implementation and close coordination with in-country partners in Central America, South America, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia (India).

Vysnova is honored to continue to work with the Navy and our in-country partners aimed at reducing and preventing infectious diseases and improving the health of communities in Latin America.

Vysnova is a leading program management firm that supports US-funded programs on a global basis. For more information please email Info@Vysnova.com

 

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Team Member Spotlight: Shati Rahman

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Ms. Shati Rahman is a Data Processing Analyst for the DHS program. She is a part of the data processing team that is implementing nutrition surveys around the world! Ms. Rahman develops and supports tablet-based computer-aided personal interviewing systems for population surveys in developing countries. She trains in-country staff on the tablet-based collection of data, as well as the further processing of data. She has also built capacity within implementing agencies worldwide via workshops and seminars on data use and survey processing. Ms. Rahman is responsible for producing data analysis to support country report production and carries out data archiving and technical support for data users.

Team Member Spotlight: Eunice Chin

Ms. Eunice Chin is a Project Associate for the Southeast Asia Biosurveillance and Epidemiology Research (SABER) program based in Singapore. Eunice supports the SABER Program Team in administration and project management. She develops reports, provides logistical support for meetings and purchasing. Eunice interacts with in-country partners, obtain deliverables, provide instructions and guidelines regarding HRPO process, travel authorization, and expenses reports. Eunice holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from San Diego State University, California.

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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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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

LEPP Donations are Utilized in Life-Changing Surgeries, Helping People Lead Productive Lives
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LEPP Donations are Utilized in Life-Changing Surgeries, Helping People Lead Productive Lives

LEPP Donations are Utilized in Life-Changing Surgeries, Helping People Lead Productive Lives

Ana Cristina Gutierrez works as a cake decorator in her father’s small bakery in her hometown of Daet, Philippines. She has lived with strabismus crossed eyes her whole life which worsened as she got older. At the age of 25, Ana supports her two younger siblings with their school expenses. “I’ve always wanted to find a job with better pay, but I’m constantly rejected because of my eyes— even after an exceptional job interview, I’m never offered a job,” said Ana. Ana learned about the medical services provided at the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation from her uncle, who told her that screenings will be done by ophthalmologists in her province of Camarines Norte. The foundation has received modern ophthalmic surgical equipment and supplies through LEPP and the U.S. humanitarian organization Deseret International.

The doctors told Ana that her strabismus can be corrected with surgery. At absolutely no cost to her, Ana received two surgeries by trained local doctors utilizing the surgical equipment and supplies donated by the American people. “I immediately saw results after my first surgery. This experience has been more than I have ever hoped for. I’m thankful beyond words,” said Ana.

Today, Ana works as a patient coordinator in her home province of Daet. “Having this kind of job, I’m not only able to support my family but also have a great opportunity to give back to my community by helping people receive life-changing medical interventions,” she commented.


 

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.

 

Vysnova Partners is pleased to announce that we will be attending the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) 2nd Overseas Small Business conference
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Vysnova Partners Attending The USAID’s 2nd Overseas Small Business Conference

Vysnova Partners is pleased to announce that we will be attending the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) 2nd Overseas Small Business conference

Vysnova Partners Attending The USAID’s 2nd Overseas Small Business Conference

Vysnova Partners is pleased to announce that we will be attending the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) 2nd Overseas Small Business conference, which will take place March 3rd and 4th in Frankfurt, Germany.

Vysnova works with US Agencies and other public/private partners to improve people’s lives on a global basis. We do this in over 20 countries across 5 continents.

We applaud USAID’s efforts in creating a forum that brings together the global small business community, USAID key leaders and decision-makers, other US Government agencies and other key stakeholders, thereby fostering cooperation among all the different groups that support international development. Vysnova is delighted to participate in this conference and looks forward to this important event.

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Vysnova Awarded Task Order 3 Under The DSCA AM&E Support Services

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Vysnova Awarded Task Order 3 (TO3) Under The DSCA AM&E Support Services

September 30, 2019:  Vysnova Partners Inc. (Vysnova) has been awarded Task Order 3 (TO3) under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation (AM&E) support services indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for Functional Category 3 (FC 3). Under TO3 Vysnova and DevTech Systems will provide a broad range of technical expertise to evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of security cooperation missions and initiatives throughout the DoD, including planning and conducting evaluations. Specifically, TO3 will involve evaluations of US-led Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) programs in case study countries including Ukraine, Indonesia, and Colombia.
 
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Vysnova Supports Enhancing Civilian-Military Cooperation to Accelerate Malaria Elimination in Southeast Asia

The Heads of State from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member nations stated their commitment to an “Asia Pacific free of Malaria by 2030” at the 9th East Asia Summit – which was sponsored by Vysnova Partners. This mandate for a malaria-free Asia Pacific creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen ties between civilian and military health systems and regional militaries.

On June 26-28, 2017, the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science (AFRIMS) organized a meeting titled: “Enhancing Civilian-Military Cooperation to Accelerate Malaria Elimination in Southeast Asia” in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting brought together the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Health (MoH) malaria officials from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia and the United States.

Vysnova’s Dr. Sara Canavati was actively involved in the MoH and MoD delegations from Vietnam. During the event, Dr. Canavati facilitated group discussions and found items in which the MoH and MoD could work together on malaria elimination activities, including surveillance, case management and advocacy.

Since malaria is a common problem in the military, and since malaria does not know borders, regional collaborations involving all affected populations are important to achieve malaria elimination. The meeting was instrumental for reviewing existing military and civilian national malaria collaborations, identifying and prioritizing key areas of mutual military-civilian interest and discussing ways in which regional militaries can assist national malaria elimination goals.

Three action points on how the civilian and military sectors can more effectively collaborate to achieve elimination in four areas of mutual interest (Case Detection and Management and Disease Prevention; Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation; Operational Research/Training and Advocacy) were identified and documented by meeting attendees through a breakout team format.

Advocacy for malaria elimination was the theme that military attendees found most challenging due to the hierarchical structure of the military. Among several presentations, East Africa Malaria Task Force and Experiences from African Military Medical Departments were shared to serve as an example of military-advocacy.

Financing was another key barrier identified. The chair of the regional steering committee (RSC) for the Global Fund, Prof Arjen Dondorp and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFTAM) Geneva assured their support and commitment to finance military operations for malaria elimination in South East Asia. This was a historical achievement as this will be the first time ever the GFTAM finances the military for malaria elimination.

One significant outcome of the meeting is that the military will now be represented in the RSC for the Global Fund “Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative 2 Elimination (RAI2E)” malaria grant.

Vysnova’s Dr. Sara Canavati with officials from MoD and MoH from Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at a visit of the Phayathai Palace in Bangkok after an intensive meeting at AFRIMS.

Vysnova’s Dr. Sara Canavati with officials from MoD and MoH from Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at a visit of the Phayathai Palace in Bangkok after an intensive meeting at AFRIMS.

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Vysnova staff returns to the Republic of Kenya to support USAID’s Demographic Health Survey Program as a subcontractor to ICF International

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Vysnova Partners Inc. (Vysnova) staff member, under a subcontract with ICF International, completed a field assignment as part of the USAID Demographic Health Survey in the Republic of Kenya. Our staff worked to support pretesting training for MIS survey to provide capacity building and technical assistance to Kenya’s in-country counterparts. Vysnova staff members have successfully completed similar activities in Cambodia, Ghana,Uganda , Liberia, Togo, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

About the DHS Program:
The USAID Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program (formerly the Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) DHS Program) which was initiated in 1984, provides technical assistance to middle and low income countries to implement the Program’s household level Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), AIDS Indicator Surveys, and Malaria Indicator Surveys, as well as facility level Service Provision Assessment Surveys, and qualitative research. DHS provides a range of data collection options that are tailored to fit specific monitoring and evaluation needs of host countries related to women’s and children’s health, fertility, mortality, family planning, nutrition, HIV, malaria, and NCDs. In addition to assisting with survey implementation, The DHS Program provides assistance with dissemination and use of data, GIS, biomarker data collection and lab testing, creating maintaining archives and building institutional capacity all along the survey continuum from data collection to use.

About Vysnova:
Vysnova Partners Inc. is a fast growing firm that partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional and technical services on a worldwide basis. Our firm provides a broad range of professional, technical and institutional support services across multiple practice areas which include Management Consulting, Acquisition Programs, Global Health, Research and Development in the Life Sciences, Education and Training and Direct Medical Care. We provide these services to client organizations at the Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of State, local State Governments and private sector partners. Vysnova is a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).