In 2014, USAID/Tanzania awarded the Tanzania Strengthening Police and Prison Comprehensive HIV Services (SPPCHS) project as an initiative under the AIDSFree project. The SPPCHS project worked with the Ministry of Home Affairs to design a peer education program for prisons to provide knowledge, skills, and tools to prevent and respond to tuberculosis (TB) and HIV in prisons.
Everyone seems to be talking about “mobile health”, or mHealth, and exalting the power of ICT for health. Somehow, it seems that if we are not incorporating ICT in our health programs today, we have missed the train to successful health outcomes. So, after a three-year wait for USAID’s decision, I find myself as the manager of a newly-won TASC4-ICT for Health umbrella contract, or prequalification, for USAID. EnCompass is the prime contractor, and leads a partnership of superstar organizations that represent ICT excellence.
The goal of the TREAT TB (Technology, Research, Education and Technical Assistance for Tuberculosis) project is to improve tuberculosis control practices and policies that will lead to improved case detection and treatment success rates and ultimately decrease TB morbidity and mortality. As a subcontractor to Vital Strategies (formerly the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease), EnCompass developed a communications strategy that included branding, audience analysis, environmental scanning for targeted marketing of TREAT TB services, and a series of publications and
EnCompass designed and facilitated a consultation in Tunisia that brought together 65 people from 11 countries whose proposals had failed to secure HIV funding from the Global Fund. The objective was to ensure that countries are able to develop quality HIV proposals. EnCompass conducted a study to identify key elements hindering successful proposals. The following year, EnCompass assessed how the participants had used what they learned, finding that 75% of the participants who applied in the next proposal round were successful.
In 2001, HCI developed a framework consisting of seven elements contributing to the institutionalization of improvement at the national, regional/provincial, district, and service delivery levels. This technical report presents the findings from a preliminary assessment of institutionalization across 15 HCI-supported countries, followed by a discussion of HCI’s recommendations for future research and implementation activities to promote sustained institutionalization of improvement at all levels of care in each assisted country.