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RTI Strengthens Health, Education Programs in Guatemala

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – As part of an innovative effort to address high-priority health and education issues in Guatemala, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded RTI International a cooperative agreement to strengthen public-private partnerships focused on these program areas. Through the agreement, RTI and its partner University Research Co., LLC will identify organizations that will leverage and extend a USAID-funded US$25 million investment directed at programs that improve education, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS interventions.

The Multi-Sector Alliances Program, commonly known as Alianzas, will emphasize building the capacity of local partners through workshops and training events to ensure that organizations can sustain their work after the project's completion.

As part of the Alianzas project, RTI regional experts will help leading regional and multinational companies explore new and sustainable ways to enhance their corporate social responsibility investments and increase their impact.

RTI began implementing a predecessor Alianzas project in Guatemala during 2005 and has achieved great success in bringing together organizations from different sectors.

Since its start, the Alianzas project has leveraged $18.4 million from private sector organizations. Over 9 million Guatemalans, more than half the nation's population, have benefited from Alianzas activities.

"We were extremely successful in implementing the previous project in terms of money leveraged and results achieved," said Tere Ligorria, who leads the project for RTI. "That success provided us the opportunity to continue our efforts to develop new partnerships and activities in areas we have not yet reached."

Under terms of the new agreement, USAID will contribute almost $25 million between 2010 and 2014 to activities in Guatemala. RTI is required to leverage twice that amount through investments from other organizations.

"Through these programs, private sector money is channeled to local projects, and RTI's guidance ensures the projects are well managed and that results are measured," Ligorria said. "This provides assurance and valuable data to private corporations."

The new agreement, covering the Central America and Mexico region, includes the potential for up to $15 million of additional USAID funding to expand into additional social sectors and geographic regions, including possible projects in economic growth and transparent governance.

Key achievements from the first five years of Alianzas in Guatemala include

    • 104 private sector alliances formed involving 183 partners
    • More than 100,000 scholarships awarded
    • More than 150,000 textbooks delivered
    • 80 computer labs installed
    • Almost 7,500 teachers trained
    • More than 350,000 people received reproductive health and family planning messages
    • 26,000 mothers and 22,000 children took part in a maternal/child health program
    • More than 5,000 health providers trained
    • More than 46,000 people accessed safe water after Tropical Storm Stan
    • 7.4 million Guatemalans received the vaccine to eradicate measles and rubella

More Information

Reproductive Health Interventions for Teens in Guatemala (video)
Global Health Projects: Guatemala (Web page)
RTI News Media Contacts
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Lisa Bistreich: (919) 316-3596
Patrick Gibbons: (919) 541-6136

About RTI International
RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services. For more information, visit

www.rti.org.

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