Applied Research on Child Health (ARCH) Project

Project Description

The ARCH Project, which was part of the USAID Child Health Research Project (CHR) consortium, identified, tested, and evaluated new technologies, approaches, and interventions to reduce the major causes of morbidity and mortality in children under five. The project also aimed to strengthen research capacity of scientists and institutions in developing countries in six targeted areas: acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, infectious diseases, neonatal health, nutrition/micronutrients, and integrated management of child illness. The ARCH Project contributed to the creation of a base of evidence that benefited the global public health community. Through ARCH’s competitive research grants program, which formed the core of the project’s activities, host country researchers identified and investigated locally relevant child health issues.

At its completion in 2003, the ARCH Project had funded 110 studies in more than 25 developing countries, as well as supported a number of other research-related activities. Through small grants and short-course training workshops on research methods, important applied research questions were addressed, while the research capacities of local scientists and institutions were enhanced. As a result of this work, ARCH achieved the following key outcomes: (1) new, cost-effective interventions to improve child health, and their incorporation into policy and programs, (2) improvements in existing child survival approaches and technologies, and (3) strengthened global capacity to conduct policy-relevant, high-quality applied research by improving the research skills of selected scientists and institutions from the developing world.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Jonathon Simon
Boston University Co-Investigators Davidson HamerGerald Keusch, Donald Thea
  • International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New England Medical Center
  • Harvard University
  • Gorgas Memorial Institute, University of Alabama
Country(ies) Global
Dates of Research 1996–2003
Donor/Funder USAID logo United States Agency for International Development (USAID)