IHM SOUTHERN AFRICA RECEIVES DIRECT AWARD FROM USAID
IHM Southern Africa is proud to announce that we have been awarded with direct funding for a program entitled “Strengthening Health Management Information Systems” from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Previously, IHM received its funding through Measure Evaluation, who acted as the intermediary agent between IHM and USAID.
A rigorous pre-award review was conducted by USAID to determine fiscal responsibility and ensure adequacy of financial controls by IHM Southern Africa.
The program funding seeks to enhance the capacity of the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (GOKS) Ministry of Health (MOH) to make evidence-based decisions related to the HIV and TB prevention, treatment and control programs using state-of-the-art health information methods, tools and approaches and information and technology solutions.
There are three main objectives to this award, namely:
- The scale up the CMIS currently successfully piloted in four health management information systems sites to 134 number of sites nationwide.
- Support improved data for decision-making by the Ministry of Health (MOH) Strategic Information Department (SID) and PEPFAR/Swaziland by facilitating continuous data quality monitoring and reports for key HIV/AIDS and other demographic indicators including geospatial mapping.
- Generating baseline and longitudinal data related to Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in PEPFAR assisted Determined Resilient Empowered AIDS-free Mentored and Safe Lives (DREAMS) regions to document the effectiveness of these new specially targeted AGYW interventions.
The award will also cover:
- Annual preparation of five national and regional HIV/TB program reports;
- Completion of a rapid analysis of sexual networks of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) through the PLACE Study;
- The geospatial analysis and mapping of HIV program coverage with a special focus on women and adolescents;
- and improved data collection and monitoring of the Swaziland HIV/AIDS Program Monitoring System (SHAPMoS) by the Swaziland National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA)
The timeframe for the award is three (3) years and will be funded by the United States Government (USG) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The USG is the largest bilateral donor working on both HIV and TB and has supported the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (GOKS) AIDS response since 2007. The third generation of PEPFAR funding (PEPFAR 3.0) in Swaziland supports the GOKS to achieve 90% of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and 90% of those on ART virally suppressed by 2017. To prevent further disease transmission to the next generation, PEPFAR also supports a focus on adolescent girls and women (AGYW) through the centrally funded DREAMS initiative.
Receiving such an award for IHM Southern Africa is a great honour and validation of the expert capabilities of our team. We look forward to successful collaborations with our various stakeholders in achieving all the outlined tasks of the award. This award is not only an achievement for IHM Southern Africa, but it is an achievement for Swaziland as a whole. An indigenous organization has been selected as the supplier of choice tasked to find solutions to the health issues we face as a country.
Our motto Strengthening Health Systems to impact lives is a true reflection of the work we do at IHM Southern Africa and being a recipient of this award is an immense endorsement of that fact.