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About us

Who we are

The Health and Development Foundation, formerly known as Healthy Russia, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization acting in the field of development and conducting programs aimed at public health improvement and behavior change. We have 10 years of experience in designing and implementing comprehensive educational and outreach programs to improve the health and healthy lifestyle skills of Russians, including programs targeting health care professionals.

What we do

While many non-profits specialize in a specific area of expertise, we are able to implement programs across a broad range of topics thanks to our experienced staff and strong relationships with expert partners. The foundation focuses on development in the following areas:

  • building healthy lifestyle skills and habits among teens
  • substance abuse prevention
  • anti-tobacco campaigns
  • HIV/AIDS prevention, including comprehensive initiatives to improve the care of HIV+ IDUs and HIV+ women
  • education of health care providers, including pharmacists, and specialists carrying out medical trials
  • reproductive health and maternal and child health

Please visit our programs section for more detailed information on past and present projects.

The Health and Development Foundation also creates and carries out PR and advocacy campaigns, writes proposals for grants and consults for other organizations doing the same, carries out sociological research, and provides consulting services for organizations working in Russia, especially regarding the optimization of administrative costs.

mHealth focus

The work of the Health and Development Foundation has a strong mHealth focus. One of our latest programs, Text4baby Russia(SMSmame in Russian), provides pregnant women and new mothers with important health information via free text messages to their mobile phones. Text4baby Russia was developed and implemented as part of the U.S. – Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, and is based on the successful U.S. text4baby program.

We also use mobile technologies in communicating with vulnerable populations, such as HIV+ IDUs, and in the education of health care providers. In addition, mHealth technologies are used to help train medical professionals to carry out and interpret data for clinical trials.

Geographic scope

The Health and Development Foundation works throughout the territory of the Russian Federation, and has implemented programs in all of the country’s major regions. In total, the reach of our educational programs exceeds 10 million people.  Wherever the foundation is working, our programs are always rolled out in close cooperation with local partners and authorities.

Government support

Our programs are officially supported by the Russian Federation Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Science, and the Ministry of Sport, Tourism, and Youth Policy. We are fortunate to be able to consult and work with specialists from these agencies to increase the scope and effectiveness of our programs.

Our educational materials

We are very proud of our history of producing high-quality educational materials. These range from informational booklets on HIV for the general population to detailed course materials for trainers and peer volunteers, and educational texts for health care providers (on topics such as communication and counselling on HIV and SA). Learn more.

For our youth programs, we have also produced several entertaining, high-quality filmswith musical interludes to help engage program participants in discussions about topics essential to their health and well-being.

Curriculums developed by the Health and Development Foundation are widely used by medical academies and institutions, such as our curriculum “Modern approaches to HIV prevention among IDUs”, which has received official approval from the Russian Ministry of Health, and has been recommended for use in all postgraduate medical institutions in the country.

Selected partners

Russian state bodies and agencies: municipal and regional administrations and departments of education, the Russian Federation Ministry of Health and Social Development, the Russian Federation Ministry of Education and Science, the Russian Federation Ministry of Sport, Tourism, and Youth Policy, Medical Center of Obstetrics, Gynecology, Neonatology and Perinatology (Kulakov Center), National Research Center on Substance Abuse of the Ministry of Health, Moscow Research Institute of Pediatric Medicine and Surgery of the Ministry of Health.

Russian institutions of higher education: Moscow State University, St. Petersburg Postgraduate Medical Academy, Irkutstk State Institute of Continuing Medical Education, Orenburg State Medical Academy, Moscow State Medical Stomatological University, Moscow Regional Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology (MONIIAG).

International public and governmental organizations: UNESCO, WHO, UNODC, UNDP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, International and Russian Red Cross, BabyCenter, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, etc.

Russian and International Business Partners: Johnson & Johnson, MSD Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Levi’s, Voxiva, Edelman, Gedeon Richter (Russia), GlaxoSmithKline Trading, Nestle Russia, Eurochem.