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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Research Program (HaRP) was initiated in 2003 by the Office of Health, Infectious Disease, and Nutrition (HIDN). It is designed to accelerate the development, introduction and translation of research products into effective implementation by USAID and partner country health programs. Learn more about HaRP.

Activities are guided by the Pathway from Research to Field Implementation and Use Framework, which outlines a USAID-managed process that is analogous to the value chain the private sector uses for moving research products into use. This framework strategy is based around four key components:

  • Assessment - Strategic planning, consultation, problem identification, and priority setting
  • Development - Applied research to create tools, technologies, approaches and interventions
  • Introduction - Catalytic activities, including health services research and implementation research, as well as other activities to facilitate research translation, adoption and uptake of intervention and/or product
  • Field Implementation - Country-level program/policy rollout/diffusion into routine use



Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID - December 2013 [PDF, 853KB]
“With strong support from the U.S. Presidential Administration and Congress, USAID is looking to science and technology to bring new solutions to existing challenges as the Agency continues to apply novel technical tools to diminish barriers and build partnerships to advance health around the world. These efforts help to discover the most efficient and sustainable means to ensure healthy, productive populations in developing countries, which are aligned with U.S. goals to end extreme poverty and promote peace and prosperity worldwide. The fulllment of these goals will improve security at home and enhance markets for U.S. businesses abroad.”

Global Research Activity Final Project Report [PDF, 1.6MB]
The Global Research Activity, funded by USAID and managed under HaRP, sought to advance the health status of infants, children, mothers, and families in the areas of maternal and neonatal health, micronutrients and dietary interventions, acute respiratory infections (ARI), and tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases through a comprehensive but focused research agenda on key nutrition and health care service interventions.

In the News

Nigeria is Africa's First Producer OF Antiseptic Gel to Save Newborn Lives
Chlorhexidine gel, a high-impact, low-cost medicine prevents umbilical cord infections in newborns. About 30 percent of newborn deaths in Nigeria are attributable to infections, an obstacle to the attainment of the United Nations MDGs by 2015.

Assessing the Impact of Water Filters and Improved Cook Stoves on Drinking Water Quality and Household Air Pollution: A Randomised Controlled Trial in Rwanda
Authors conducted a 5-month household randomised controlled trial among 566 households in rural Rwanda to assess uptake, compliance and impact on environmental exposures of a combined intervention delivering high-performance water filters and improved stoves for free.

Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need
Burkina Faso is the first of four African countries expected to begin introducing Sayana® Press in 2014, followed shortly by Niger. Senegal and Uganda also plan to introduce the contraceptive at the community level in select areas later this year.

Download the Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, 2010 Report to Congress [PDF, 1.4MB]
 About 40 percent of under-5 deaths occur within the first month of life, and some 70 percent occur within the first year of life.  
 The leading direct causes of newborn deaths are infections, complications from prematurity, and asphyxia.
 Undernutrition affects nearly 200 million children worldwide and contributes to more than 3.5 million child deaths each year.
 Nearly half of all preschool-aged children and over 40 percent of all pregnant women are anemic. Anemia contributes to 20 percent of all maternal deaths.
 HaRP is dedicated to conducting applied research that identifies, tests, and evaluates new technologies and interventions in seven targeted areas to ultimately reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in developing countries and countries in transition.
   Access more facts about maternal and child health.



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