Child and Family Applied Research Project (CFAR)

Program Description

The Child and Family Applied Research Project was a 5-year project which successfully identified, developed, and tested new technologies and interventions to improve the health of infants, children, and families in developing countries. CFAR activities sought to increase the problem-solving capacity of local institutions, to guide improvements in national health policies, and to promote the adoption of interventions using evidence-based research. In addition, CFAR researchers focused on integrating these new approaches and technologies into professional health practice. The research work led to global, national, and local changes in policies and programs in multiple countries.

Through our collaborative research approach, the CFAR project fostered the development of policy-relevant applied research skills of scientists in countries where USAID has a programmatic presence.

CGHD researchers completed nearly 50 specific research projects under CFAR targeting the following health areas: acute respiratory infection prevention and treatment; infectious diseases, especially HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; integrated management of childhood illnesses, including better training of community health workers and integration of health service; infant and neonatal health; and malaria management and treatment.

Projects under CFAR include:

Program Details

Principal Investigator Jonathon Simon
Boston University Co-Investigators Refer to links above for project-specific co-investigators.
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • IndiaCLEN.
  • Refer to links above for project-specific collaborators.
Country(ies) Global
Dates of Research 2003–2009
Donor/Funder USAID_logo_square_150United States Agency for International Development (USAID)