Save the Children provides comprehensive training and critical job aids to community volunteers in Africa working with families with children, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. EnCompass developed a 7-day workshop and training manual for these volunteers and a 5-day train-the-trainers workshop and manual for the program managers to facilitate the workshop.
EnCompass worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to engage staff in a network of 38 hospitals, in order to decrease 10 specific adverse patient outcomes. Online meetings were facilitated by EnCompass for participants to share stories and focus on successful reduction of adverse events. EnCompass recorded best practices, which were turned into benchmarking case studies and developed into e-learning practice sessions for hospital teams.
It is well known that gender disparities affect human development. These disparities are far-reaching and have a significant negative impact on health outcomes. This paper examines and demonstrates the use of proverbs as a learning tool to help health policy makers and service providers understand how deep-rooted sociocultural perspectives influence and shape public perceptions of gender roles.
In the fall of 2000, the World Bank Institute (WBI) presented a challenging evaluation task to EnCompass–to develop an evaluation methodology for its two primary training programs. WBI training programs were under increasing pressure to demonstrate results from both the internal evaluation unit and external donors. The desired outcomes of the training programs, however, had not been clearly defined and some of the workshop managers were hesitant to commit to the evaluation process.
EnCompass led an evaluation of the Quality Assurance Project's (QAP) healthcare improvement collaborative approach. The team used a formative, participatory methodology, and conducted field visits to six countries where QAP supported one or more collaboratives. The findings of the evaluation are detailed in this report.
Avahan means “a call to action” in Sanskrit. It is a fitting name for one of the largest and most promising HIV prevention programs in the world. Launched in 2003 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this major HIV prevention program stretches over six of the Indian states most affected by HIV, as well as key trucking routes.
After opening the clinic in northern Uganda, PCAF mental health staff requested specialized HIV training because they felt it was critical to address their clients’ mental health and HIV care and support needs in a holistic and knowledgeable manner. In northern Uganda, mental health service providers must know their individual client, and having HIV knowledge and experience is key to being effective in their work. In comparison to the rest of the country, estimated HIV prevalence in northern Uganda is significantly higher (8 to 12 percent compared to 6.7 percent).
Successful outreach to key populations recognizes the sociocultural context and particularly the gendered norms in which key populations live. This case study documents how outreach workers in Lebanon raise awareness about how gender norms can increase HIV risk; deliver basic information on HIV, hepatitis, and other STIs; offer counseling to support positive behavior change, and distribute free condoms, syringes, and lubricants.