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Future Generations E-Newsletter August 2011
In East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India, near the mouth of the Brahmaputra River in the town of Sille, a primary health center serves six major rural villages and a growing migrant population of more than 10,000 people. The surrounding indigenous population is within a 12km walk over difficult terrain to the primary health center, which was seldom used and was in such a dilapidated condition that curative and preventative care was practically non-existent.
To better serve the people, in 2006 the state government of Arunachal Pradesh contracted with Future Generations Arunachal through a Public Private Partnership to co-manage the primary health care center with the active participation of a “patient welfare committee.” Known as the Rogi Kalyan Samiti, the patient welfare committee is a locally nominated group of volunteers who participate in the day-to-day management of the center, thus increasing community oversight, transparency, and accountability.
A 2011 performance review shows that health indicators have improved dramatically, including no malarial deaths in three years, and the Sille PHC now serves as a statewide model and training center for primary health. In July 2011, Future Generations was awarded two more Public Private Partnership contracts to extend its training and community-based management innovations to the Lower Subansiri and West Kameng districts.
Pitumarca Wins Best Practices in Public Management Award
In a national competition in Peru, the district of Pitumarca received the 2011 award for “Best Practice in Public Management” in the Maternal-Infant Nutrition category. This award recognizes the improved health and living conditions in Pitumarca, one of Peru's poorest districts.
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On July 20, 2011, a press conference on Capitol Hill announced a Microsoft donation of $2 million in software for non-profit organizations in Appalachia. The Future Generations Graduate School received approximately $70,000 in software donations to be used in public computer centers based in volunteer fire departments across West Virginia. An Associated Press article on the event was featured in such media outlets as Forbes, CBS Atlanta, Charleston Gazette, and the Charlotte Observer.
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