Greif Packaging Charitable Trust
The Greif Packaging Charitable Trust provides funding and support for leading organizations and health providers that develop and implement long term projects with a global focus to foster quality of life and health improvements for children worldwide including infant and child health, health education and anti-human trafficking.
In 2012, the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust provided a $5 million grant to enable The Ohio State University and the Global Health Delivery Partnership (GHDP) to join forces in establishing a program to change healthcare training and delivery in developing nations. The GHDP is comprised of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Global Health Equity, Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Partners In Health (PIH). The program is bringing care to some of the world’s developing regions by training local people to become qualified care providers—creating the potential to permanently improve health conditions in these regions. This initiative is strengthening programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Kenya, and Ethiopia and will eventually extend to other developing nations.
A key objective of the program is to further develop and improve an overall model for healthcare delivery systems in less-developed regions, with focus on:
- Prenatal care and safe childbirth
- Neonatal care, particularly neonatal resuscitation
- Maternal and newborn care
- Nutrition and hygiene education
- Improving access to clean water
Part of the grant was used to create the OSU Greif Neonatal Survival Program, which consists of both continuing education programs in newborn resuscitation and a combined didactic and experiential course in specialized newborn care nursing.
As of July, 2014, the OSU Greif Neonatal Survival Program (OGNSP) has trained over 350 nurses and physicians in newborn resuscitation, created a neonatal nurse training program that has graduated seven nurses, and built a specialized newborn care unit (SNCU) at L’Hôpital Sainte-Thérèse. The Haitian nurse graduates are supported by the OGNSP and have already resuscitated and cared for hundreds of newborns. Additionally, these nurses, and the L’Hôpital Sainte-Thérèse SNCU, will serve in the training of future neonatal nurses in Haiti.
To find more information about the grant, please visit here. To learn more about the OSU Greif Neonatal Survival Program, please read Health Sciences Center for Global Health’s newsletter.
The Greif Packaging Charitable Trust has also provided a grant to the England NHS Foundation Trust Charity to increase the number of neonatal incubators.
Child Health & Education
The Greif International Pediatric Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was endowed in 2009 to improve children’s access to quality health care around the world. Each year, one of the best and brightest medical minds from outside the USA is brought to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for a one-year fellowship. The Fellow will work alongside the hospital’s team and develop new skills to share back at home. To assure the long-term success of the fellowship and the widest reach possible, the program trains only those physicians who intend to return to their countries and remain lifelong partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“Why are we committed to international collaboration? We know that we benefit as much or more from these interactions as do our global partners. The academically rich, professionally expansive environment that surrounds such fellowships enables us to attract and retain top faculty, staff and trainees. They open new avenues of inquiry heretofore unimaginable. They force us to examine and improve everything we do. In short, they make us the best we can be.”
-Dr. Karen Heiser, Vice President and Co-Director of Nationwide Children’s International Program.
The first Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Greif International Pediatric Fellow was selected in 2010. Dr. Dennis Villanueva, a radiologist from the Philippines, spent a year at NCH to further develop subspecialty skills and then return home to improve pediatric healthcare by sharing his knowledge and skills with his fellow practitioners throughout the country.
Other organizations that have received grants include Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides child bereavement counseling; Pediatric Deafness Research in the UK, which provides cochlear implants to children; AISDA, which provides health education on children issues in Ethiopia; Operation Blessing, which has built two wells in Africa to improve access to clean water; and The Meningitis Trust for Children, which provides mobility units.
Combating Human Trafficking
According to the statistics compiled by Ark of Hope for Children, up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year. 50 percent of transnational victims are children (U.S. Department of Justice). Ohio has one of the highest number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. A 2010 Ohio Attorney General Trafficking in Persons Study Commission Report estimated that more than 1,000 minors are sex trafficked in Ohio annually.
The Greif Packaging Charitable Trust is providing $250,000 in grants over the next five years to fund an annual Fellowship at Moritz College of Law and to provide legal assistance for victims of human trafficking including guardianship issues for minors.