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Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin

People living in the Lake Victoria Basin face urgent health, environmental, and economic challenges. They need the power to access to sexual and reproductive health services and manage their natural resources sustainably. In two districts in Uganda and two counties in Kenya, we’re making sure they can.

Project Date: 2011 - present
Funder: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Barr Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, USAID through the Evidence to Action project
Country: Kenya Uganda
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118,000+ visits for contraception in facilities and communities from 2012-2017

Improved health services led to a 214% increase in deliveries in facilities we support between 2013 and 2015

204 fish breeding zones protected to allow fish a safe zone to hatch, grow, and spawn before they are harvested

856,000+ trees planted, 25,000+ energy-efficient stoves constructed, and USD$98,000 earned from their sale

What We Do

  • Make sure women and girls have control over whether and when to have children so they can choose to pursue employment and leadership roles in their communities
  • Package information about conservation and reproductive health together, so men are more engaged and willing to promote reproductive rights and their partner’s choice to use contraception
  • Stop preventable maternal deaths by making sure women can access high-quality care at every stage—before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Create and support teams of local fishers and farmers so they can lead efforts to protect the ecosystem for future generations
  • Strengthen malaria and HIV prevention with community education and capacity building at health facilities
  • Encourage leaders in the local, regional, and national governments to broaden the reach of population, health, and environment programs across East Africa

Project Staff Members

Sono Aibe

Senior Program Advisor

Sono focuses on program development in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Myanmar but also previously in...

Cara Honzak

Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health, & Environment

Cara has more than 15 years of experience focused on cross-sectoral international development...

Cheryl Margoluis

Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health, & Environment

Cheryl has 20 years of experience working in international development, 15 of those living in Latin America....

Pamela Onduso

Youth, Advocacy, & Partnership Advisor

Pamela has over two decades of experience in reproductive health and family planning, program design, program management, advocacy and policy...

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