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'Pigs for Peace' microfinance program improves mental health for women in the DRC

Global Health Institute demonstration project holds promise for future interventions
Posted December 4, 2014

A baby pig has the power to turn despair into hope among poor women who have had prolonged exposure to traumatic events in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a study by a researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and her team.

Since 2009, Nancy E. Glass, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and associate director of the Center for Global Health, has helped families in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo improve their income and health through her "Pigs for Peace" program, which gives residents pigs to breed, sell, and eat. Through Pigs for Peace, household incomes have increased, and women have been able to meet the nutritional, educational, and economic needs of their families.

Pigs for Peace also serves as a demonstration project for the new Alliance for a Healthier World, which calls for an intensive, multidisciplinary solutions pipeline to solve these complex and challenging issues around the world. Through this pipeline of innovation, the new institute will offer funding to support projects like Pigs for Peace through seed grants, project support for field-testing, and implementation funds to collect data and report results. With your support of the Alliance for a Healthier World, Johns Hopkins will be able to implement more projects like Pigs for Peace, and improve lives around the world.