Environmental Health Project (EHP)

Dates: 1999-2004

Countries: Benin, Bolivia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ghana, Honduras, India, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Uganda

Client(s): USAID

Services: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Technical Assistance, Training

Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Environmental Health

This five-year USAID-funded program aimed to improve environmental conditions and reduce exposure to infectious agents and thus reduce mortality and morbidity among young children and other vulnerable populations. Two major initiatives under this second-phase effort were community-based environmental sanitation and hygiene and environmental change and health outcomes. JSI's primary responsibilities included health policy, epidemiology, health and hygiene education, and surveillance - including overall program monitoring and evaluation.

The Environmental Health Project (EHP) was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist the Agency in:

  • Reducing illness and death among children under five in developing countries from the three major diseases related to environmental conditions: diarrheal disease, malaria, and acute respiratory infections.
  • Reducing the burden of infectious diseases that are of public health importance.

EHP provided assistance to USAID overseas missions with programs to improve environmental conditions and reduce people's exposure to disease agents. On the community and household level, this meant improving sanitation and water supply and communal, domestic, and personal hygiene; reducing indoor air pollution from smoky cooking fires; and carrying out community projects to control disease vectors. On the institutional level, it meant assisting health ministries to establish disease surveillance systems and to use them effectively in programs to prevent vector-borne diseases, like malaria.

EHP's Information Center provided search and referral services to answer questions or gather information on environmental health, disseminates reports and publications, and manages information-sharing networks on key topics.

John Snow, Inc., was a sub-contractor under EHP, which was managed by CDM, and a consortium of specialized subcontractors. The Environmental Health Project ended in 2004.


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