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UNC's Population Center gets whopping $180 million grant

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center has received a five-year, $180 million award for a program that is the second-largest gift ever received by UNC.

The money will go to the Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The award – which goes into effect July 1 – supports Phase IV of an effort begun in 1997. With possible associate awards from USAID missions and bureaus in other countries, the total award could grow to more than $300 million, Carolina said in a news release.

MEASURE Evaluation is USAID’s flagship project for monitoring and evaluating spending on international global health. The project is implemented by a team of organizations led by UNC-Chapel Hill, working with Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University.

“MEASURE Evaluation has played a key role in an incredibly successful international effort to bend the epidemic curve. The global community has taken what was an upward trajectory for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and turned it into a downward one,” Project Director Jim C. Thomas, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, said in a statement. “As we continue to address global health issues, we are honored to be entrusted by USAID to carry on the work of MEASURE Evaluation, and we look forward to a strong partnership with USAID for years to come.”

Chancellor Carol Folt said MEASURE Evaluation has received nearly $600 million in federal funding over the last 17 years.

“This funding is a direct result of the talented and hard-working team of researchers, faculty and students behind the project,” she said.

To date, MEASURE Evaluation has focused on building the foundations and capacity to enable monitoring and evaluation in developing countries. The goal of Phase IV is to sustain that work and strengthen systems in the host countries to provide the best information for those deciding health care policy.

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