Providing the technical skills, expertise, and local knowledge to deliver global health solutions while responding to issues ranging from emerging pandemic threats to HIV/AIDS to waterborne diseases.

Health and Livelihoods

Health and livelihoods are inextricably linked. Communities and households facing significant health challenges often face food and livelihood insecurity. Livelihoods and food security limitations undermine health, perpetuate vulnerability, and exacerbate social stigma, especially for women, vulnerable children, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

There is growing evidence indicating that sustained improvements in health among chronically ill members of these groups require sustained investments in both health and livelihoods. Our global health and livelihoods work spans all sectors and engages families, community leaders, nongovernmental groups, schools, governments, health and agriculture workers, and the private sector to foster resilience, expand economic opportunity, and improve health outcomes.

Our Experts

Robert Salerno specializes in the intersection of health and nutrition and the role of livelihoods to improve health outcomes. He provides technical assistance and management support to DAI’s health projects, focusing on household-level analysis, vulnerability mapping, and the design and support of programming to build the resilience of vulnerable populations.

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Ruth Sparrey is Director of Managing for Development Results in our Europe office.

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David Tardif-Douglin runs Africa Lead II, a project that builds the capacity of agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to position African leaders and institutions at the forefront of increased agricultural productivity and food security.

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Kirsten Weeks is the Global Practice Lead for Health, Nutrition, and Livelihoods within Solutions. She provides technical support to DAI’s IMARISHA project in Tanzania, which works to improve livelihoods for HIV-affected populations and communities.

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Our Projects

Kenya—Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH)

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) project combines nutrition programming with improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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Tanzania—Advancing Youth Activity

The Advancing Youth Activity project helps young people ages 15 to 29 in Tanzania to enhance their employability, business savvy, leadership skills, and participation in civic life.

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Developments is DAI’s newsletter. News and feature articles, opinion pieces, and interviews highlight DAI projects and offer insight into global development issues of the day.

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