Derek Kunaka: On Strengthening Health Systems to Meet SDGs

We have a learning model at MEval-SIFSA where we’ve itemised what defines a health system as “functioning.” For us, a strong, functioning system is one that takes you through the entire data management process and evaluates how the data is gathered, interpreted and analysed. But most importantly, a functioning system uses data to maximise a health programme’s impact and improve health outcomes.

Lessons from the PEPFAR Gender-Based Violence Initiative

One in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused at least once in her lifetime. And women who have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) can face up to three times greater risk for HIV compared to those who have not, according to UNAIDS. GBV is common, affecting both women and men. Children and key populations are also at high risk, and often don’t have access to the resources they need.

Supporting PMTCT Adherence through the Private Sector

Can the private sector scale up PMTCT services? AIDSFree is looking at how to expand PMTCT service delivery and alleviate challenges by engaging the private sector, including civil society organizations (CSOs).

Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social/Community Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence

Exposure to sexual violence as a child can lead to a broad range of mental and physical problems including depression, unwanted pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, and even diabetes. In order to help health service providers and social workers provide necessary services to children and adolescents in a compassionate manner, AIDSFree developed the Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social/Community Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: A Companion Guide.

“I’ve Got Your Back”: Addressing Gender-Based Violence to Help End the HIV Epidemic

For World AIDS Day, Senior HIV Advisor Marcy Levy explains the connection between gender-based violence and HIV, and the investments that are being made to reduce GBV and support victims/survivors.

A Time to Make Country ‘Pivots,’ Always with an Eye toward Epidemic Control

In the past year, PEPFAR, OGAC, and WHO have issued updates to their HIV/AIDS strategies which include ambitious new goals for controlling the epidemic. AIDSFree Deputy Director Helen Cornman calls for national and international HIV/AIDS programs to take a pragmatic approach to adapting to the rapidly shifting HIV landscape.

Zambia: eLMIS Improves Data Management and Processing Time at Medical Stores Limited (MSL)

A new electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) developed and implemented by the Zambian government with assistance from the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT is improving the quality and use of data for managing the supply of essential health commodities. JSI’s Mali Kambandu explains how the system has greatly improved efficiency and productivity at Zambia’s central medical store.

Celebrating the power of quality health information in Botswana

Promoting the use of data for decision making is all the rage across development sectors, particularly in health. While advocating for increased use of strategic information has great value in itself, it’s important to assess the quality of the routine data available: what value do you get from using information that’s of poor quality?

Reducing the spread of HIV through voluntary medical male circumcision: JSI’s experience in East Central Uganda

About eight years ago three randomized controlled studies showed done in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa showed that male circumcision for sexually active men provides up to 60% protection against HIV infection. Increasingly with support from PEPFAR, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is being added to other HIV prevention interventions in high HIV prevalence and … Continue reading “Reducing the spread of HIV through voluntary medical male circumcision: JSI’s experience in East Central Uganda”