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November, 2020

CHAMPS shares findings at ASTMH Annual Meeting

We were honored to be among those presenting at the 69th annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) meeting last week! Colleagues from our 7 sites in Africa and Asia, and the U.S. program office came together for more than 30 presentations, including a symposium...

April, 2020

CHAMPS names Cynthia Whitney as Principal Investigator and Executive Director

Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) has named Cynthia Whitney, MD, MPH as Principal Investigator and Executive Director. Whitney joined CHAMPS as Senior Advisor in 2018 and is a Professor in the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health.

February, 2019

CHAMPS Tools Provide Greater Clarity on Causes of Child Death

The results of CHAMPS testing offer an unprecedented level of precision and accuracy, especially if a child’s death was related to an infectious disease. Instead of only identifying major syndromes, like pneumonia, CHAMPS methods determine the specific pathogen that caused the pneumonia.

February, 2019

Funding is available to expand the use of Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling

The MITS Surveillance Alliance’s Incentive Award program is accepting proposals for projects that would expand the use of MITS. The small grant program provides funding and MITS kits for approved studies. CHAMPS is a member of the MITS Surveillance Alliance Consortium, and participates in the Consortium’s work to standardize procedures and share best practices.

November, 2018

Reducing Child Mortality – Better Information on Individual Child Deaths is Essential

Worldwide, every day, 15,000 infants and young children die, with the majority of the deaths occurring in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, as a session at the 2018 International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) annual meeting highlighted, very little information is available regarding what actually caused or may have caused the deaths of individual children in these regions.

November, 2018

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

CHAMPS Ethiopia is getting ready for the start of MITS early next year!

October 31, 2018

CHAMPS releases initial data to advance understanding of the causes of death in children under the age of five in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

For the first time, the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network is making available cause of death data from children under the age of five in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. CHAMPS cause of death data provide more accurate and precise information on infant and child deaths than is typically available and used...

September, 2018

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

It has been a busy time here in Harar, with the recruitment of new clinical team members in preparation for the start of mortality surveillance. The thirteen newly recruited clinical staff constitute of ten field workers, two health officers and one research nurse. They went through two weeks of induction training on Hararghe Health Research partnership (HHR) projects, and conducted site visits to Hiwot Fana hospital and the CHAMPS-renovated laboratory and pathology units.

August, 2018

Under the microscope: Learning more about childhood mortality

“For us to make the next leap, in terms of deciding what interventions need to be prioritized,” says Dr. Shabir Madhi, director of CHAMPS’s South African site, “we need to know: Why is it, in 2016, we still have five million children dying? What are the causes?"

July 9, 2018

CHAMPS Project motivates community health workers in tackling child deaths

Bombali District is situated in the Northern part of Sierra Leone with a population of 606,183, for which women covers the greatest percentage of 310,263 according to the 2015 Sierra Leone Population and Housing Census. Bombali district has on record a district that has several myths related to child illnesses and deaths categorized as witchcraft and traditional beliefs etc.

July, 2018

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

Work is ramping up in Harar, with three shipping containers arriving to complete the installation and equipment needed in the laboratories; intensive "training the trainers" in the community for the social science team, and recruitment for the clinical team in preparation for the start of mortality surveillance.

May, 2018

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

The last couple of months have seen some important achievements. We have been given support from the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council for CHAMPS work in Ethiopia. The team traveled to Addis to discuss the work of CHAMPS with the Supreme Council, such that an authoritative legal opinion could be given from a ‘Mufti’ (legal scholar) for a Fatwa - a response to a question posed by an individual or a court of law, in this case on the work of CHAMPS and the acceptability of MITS.

April 19, 2018

Podcast: how the CHAMPS project is using informatics to fight childhood mortality

Informatics is crucial to the CHAMPS project, as the informatics office provides the core infrastructure for transporting and housing key health data. In this podcast Senior Manager for Information Technology Patrick Caneer talks about how PHII and its partners manage data for CHAMPS.

March, 2018

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

The New Year (for both the Ethiopian and Gregorian calendars!) has brought more activity at our CHAMPS site in Harar. Social science and community engagement continues, whilst laboratory development is completed and preparations are made for clinical work...

March, 2018

CHAMPS Begins Community Engagement in Sierra Leone

'We want to know why our children get sick and die, which contributes to the high infant mortality in the country.’ This statement was a key highlight from community stakeholders during the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance's community engagement work in Sierra Leone in February.

March 27, 2018

Alan Lopez and Christopher Murray win the Gairdner Global Health Award

CHAMPS Global Partners Board member Alan Lopez and Christopher Murray, co-founders of the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), have been selected for the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, an international award honoring the “world’s top scientists who have made outstanding achievements in global health research.”

March 24, 2018

CHAMPS Points the Way to a Tuberculosis Free World

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most urgent global health challenges in Africa and Asia, where CHAMPS works. It is the ninth highest cause of death worldwide, and presents a special threat to young children. The World Health Organization’s 2016 Global TB Report estimates that one million children (<15 years) currently suffer from TB worldwide and that more than 210,000 die from the disease each year...

March 8, 2018

Helping Families Cope with Tragedy

Losing a child is a terrible tragedy that no parent could prepare for. Sadly, for many parents in the places where the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS) operates, this heartbreak is unacceptably far too common...

February 21, 2018

Q & A with Alan Lopez, 'I'm trying to change the world.'

Champion for child health, Alan Lopez, serves as a Global Partners Board member for CHAMPS. In his work with the board and in his research, he fights to reduce child deaths all over the world, because every child deserves the opportunity to thrive beyond the age of five.

February 20, 2018

World Day of Social Justice

Every day the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network is acutely aware of the millions of children who die before their fifth birthday. Young lives are cut short, in some cases to only a few hours, because in low-resource countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia many children are defenseless against preventable ailments like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria...

January 26, 2018

Sierra Leone joins CHAMPS' global network

Sierra Leone joins CHAMPS as the seventh site, adding new West African partners to the global CHAMPS network of over 100+ partners. Sierra Leone has some of the highest rates of child mortality in the world, and as a CHAMPS site will have access to life saving data and resources to address this dire public health challenge...

January 1, 2018

CHAMPS Milestones

2017 has been an incredibly productive year for CHAMPS: a total of 6 CHAMPS surveillance sites have launched child mortality surveillance with minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITS) collection, CHAMPS sites in Mozambique and South Africa have begun convening local expert panels to assign causes of death (known as the Determination of Cause of Death or DeCoDe process)...

January 1, 2018

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

It is the warm, dry season in Harar, and we send sunshine to our colleagues and friends in cooler climes, particularly those who haven't yet had chance to visit us! Our team has also been out and about, with some members joining the CHAMPS Network Meeting in Maputo...

December, 2017

Global Partners Board Meeting Brings Together Global Health Leaders to Offer Expertise and Support for CHAMPS

Members of the CHAMPS' Global Partners Board (GPB), an advisory board of international leaders in the prevention of child mortality and mortality surveillance, act as champions of child mortality prevention within their networks and organizations...

November 22, 2017

Global study on causes of under-five mortality in India soon

A global study on the hidden causes of deaths of children aged under five will soon be conducted in India, using "minimally-invasive" techniques and advanced laboratory methods, the ICMR chief said today...

November 13, 2017

CHAMPS Hosts Network Meeting for International Leaders in Prevention of Child Mortality and Global Health

The 2nd Annual CHAMPS Site Directors’ Meeting will take place November 13-15, 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique. The three-day meeting provides an opportunity for mortality prevention surveillance experts to share lessons learned and to make recommendations...

November, 2017

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

A lot has happened in Harar in the last couple of months, for CHAMPS-Ethiopia as well as national events. The social science team is now busy with focus groups and interviews across all sectors of the community and all geographies, from Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital to the furthest ends of Kersa DSS...

November 2, 2017

Workshop to Avoid Child Mortality

Respiratory and Managerial Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU) based at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital hosted a CHAMPS workshop (Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance) programme in Dorothy Nyembe Park in Dobsonville...

October, 2017

CHAMPS Network Takes Child Health and Mortality Prevention Message to Rome, Italy

Over 100 public health leaders from around the world attended a panel on the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network’s vision, work and impact at the International Association of National Public Health Institute’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy...

October 16, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine has Elected Dr. Robert Breiman to its 2017 Class

Dr. Breiman, director of the Emory Global Health Institute and Executive Director of CHAMPS, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine's 2017 class of leading health scientists...

October 5, 2017

CHAMPS Resources: Plans, Forms, and Protocols

CHAMPS is committed to sharing resources developed through our work on monitoring child mortality. The following protocols and plans are currently available...

October 5, 2017

CHAMPS Summaries

The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network aims to track the causes of under-five mortality and stillbirths at sentinel sites in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through innovative, integrated and contextually appropriate epidemiologic, diagnostic, and community approaches...

October 4, 2017

Samba Sow Receives the Roux Prize

The Hon. Samba Sow, Malian Minister of Health and CHAMPS' site director in Mali, received the Roux Prize given by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in recognition of his work saving children’s lives through vaccines in Mali...

September, 2017

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

We have had a good couple of months and we hope you have too. Our social science team have been very busy, completing the first part of our community engagement programme. Meanwhile it is all-go preparing laboratories for child health, pregnancy and mortality prevention surveillance...

August, 2017

New CHAMPS Executive Director reveals two areas of concern regarding Child Mortality

Dr. Robert Breiman’s new role transition to Executive Director for the CHAMPS Network generates statements of concern regarding the need for global partnerships and mobilizing resources...

August 20, 2017

Q & A with Dr. Rob Breiman

From fighting infectious disease in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to working in urban slums in Kenya as director of a regional CDC office, to now addressing Child Mortality globally, Executive Director of CHAMPS Rob Breiman has his sights set on creating international partnerships to tackle childhood mortality...


July, 2017

CHAMPS Site News: Ethiopia

We are having a busy time in Harar and Kersa and want to share our news with you! Our Child Health, Pregnancy and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Program (CHAMPS) - Ethiopia starts with social science, whilst we develop laboratory and other capacity for future work to understand the causes of child death in the under fives and stillbirths...

March, 2017

CHAMPS Launches New Activities in Mozambique and South Africa

CHAMPS has begun mortality surveillance activities at sites in Manhiça, Mozambique and Soweto, South Africa, advancing our goal of illuminating the causes of neonatal and under-five mortality...

February 14, 2017

Why are babies dying?

Aid organizations and public health agencies are spending billions of dollars each year to save the lives of babies and children in developing countries. But they’ve been missing a key piece of information in their effort: What exactly is killing these children...


October 19, 2016

Failure to Deliver Data, and Lack of Sharing, Leads to Child Deaths

Public health leaders from around the world dedicate efforts to child health evidence-based policy change and dialogue during the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) workshop at the annual meeting of national public health institutes...

June 22, 2016

An Effort to Combat Childhood Mortality

"Nearly 6 million children around the world die each year before the age of five. Why? A new initiative hopes to answer that question soon. It's called the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network, or CHAMPS...


March 21, 2016

How Data Can Save Children's Lives

In an age in which data are more plentiful and accessible than ever before, we are accustomed to basing our decisions on as much evidence as we can gather. The more important the decision, the keener we are to ensure that our research is thorough and our information is accurate...


June, 2015

Cause of Life

There are places in the world where children under age five die at a staggering rate—more than fifty of every one thousand live births. And in some areas, including parts of sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, that number is greater than one in ten. In the United States, the average child mortality rate is fewer than six in one thousand...


May 8, 2015

Gates Foundation Partners with Emory Global Health Institute

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation named Emory Global Health Institute, which houses the U.S. office of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), its lead partner in its new global health surveillance network aimed at preventing childhood mortality in developing countries....

May 7, 2015

Gates Launches Network of Disease Surveillance Center

"Bill Gates is launching a network of disease surveillance sites aimed at reducing mortality rates among young children. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the project with an initial sum of $75 million, outfitting centers with the latest lab equipment and medical staff...


May 6, 2015

Bill Gates's Quest to Determine Why Children Are Dying

When it comes to child deaths, the world has made great strides in the past 25 years. "In 1990, one in ten children in the world died before age 5," Bill and Melinda Gates write on their blog. But thanks to things like vaccines and better nutrition, "today, it's one in 20"...

May 6, 2015

Gates Foundation Plans Teams to Determine Causes of Child Mortality

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to create a network of disease-surveillance teams in poor countries to do “minimal autopsies” on children to plumb causes of child mortality and also possibly spot emerging epidemics, the foundation announced Wednesday...


May 6, 2015

Gates Foundation Names EGHI Lead Partner in Child Health Network

Bill Gates is launching a network of disease surveillance sites aimed at reducing mortality rates among young children. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the project with an initial sum of $75 million, outfitting centers with the latest lab equipment and medical staff...

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