Dr. James Thomas, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $180 million award for the Carolina Population Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
[Photo: At a UNC press conference, MEASURE Evaluation director and Gillings School epidemiology professor Dr. Jim Thomas (left) talks to reporters with UNC Chancellor Carol Folt (center)]
The award – effective 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.
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,” said Dr. Thomas, who is project director. “The global community has taken what was an upward trajectory for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and turned it into a downward one. 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.”