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Young women and adolescent girls account for a disproportionate number of new HIV infections. In 2016, new infections among young women aged 15–24 were 44 percent higher than young men their age. Women who experience gender-based violence face 50 percent greater risk of HIV infection. Globally, 7,500 young women acquire HIV every week.

In March, we told you the story of Lerato, who, after experiencing sexual violence, was caught in a web that restricted her access to comprehensive services because referral and case management systems were absent.

Report cover of Peer Education Program Pocket Guide

In our role as Gender advisor on the AIDSFree project, EnCompass developed this pocket guide to provide peer educators with tools to deliver training to prison inmates and staff about HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment. It contains six modules and was developed in both English and Swahili.

Heran presenting to an audience

As we approach the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, several of our staff will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. To kick off this three-part series, we talked with Heran Tadesse, EnCompass’ Senior Gender Advisor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The author with a small child in Zambia

My first experience in international development was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in northern Zambia. During my two years as a health volunteer, I saw time and time again projects designed by “experts” in Washington, D.C., that failed in my small village. 

Indoor Residual Spray operator in a room with "Love" written on the wall

A few years ago, I wrote about how EnCompass’ curriculum design and facilitation work on two USAID programs was helping equip Ugandans to win the fight against malaria. This is one of the most rewarding projects I have had the pleasure of being involved with, knowing our work was contributing to saving lives and changing the future for northern Uganda. 

first page of MEASURE evaluation report

The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation Phase IV project is the flagship mechanism for strengthening health information systems (HIS) in developing countries at the USAID Bureau of Global Health. EnCompass was contracted to conduct an evaluation of this mechanism. In this report, the evaluation team examines how effective the project has been in meeting key stakeholders’ needs.

Heath workers in West Africa

The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation Phase IV project is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship mechanism for strengthening health information systems in more than 30 developing countries. USAID/Washington contracted EnCompass to conduct a midterm performance evaluation of MEASURE Evaluation to examine how effective the project has been in meeting key stakeholders’ needs.

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Scant data exists on the prevalence of violence against children worldwide. However, available information shows that violence against children is a global problem. This desktop study aims to glean from published and grey literature the extent of sexual violence and exploitation against children in Lesotho. The goal of this study is to better understand the government of Lesotho's national response efforts to reduce violence against children.

HIV and mental illness are significant global public health concerns in Zimbabwe. A coordinated and comprehensive response, particularly between HIV treatment, care, and support services and mental health care can improve health outcomes among people living with HIV. In collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Care and Support and Treatment Technical Working Groups, AIDSTAR-One is implementing a pilot activity that will integrate mental health and harmful substance use screening, counseling, and referral into HIV treatment and care sites in Zimbabwe.

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Research shows that early childhood development (ECD) is critical to both mental and physical health later in life. However, programming targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is almost exclusively focused on school-aged OVC, and only rarely are very young children included in program activities. This technical brief, aimed at program planners and implementers, highlights the benefits of ECD interventions and outlines essential elements of ECD programming targeted towards OVC.

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