HIV & AIDS: Our Impact

Rudi Thetard. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Pervasive, chronic poverty has devastated every sector of Malawi for decades—contributing to a faltering economy and applying enormous pressure on an overextended and under resourced government.  A fragile health care infrastructure is aggravated by the poverty problem and has increased the prevalence of HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition, and other epidemics. Malawi has some of the worst health indicators in the world.

Pro-ACT-supported laboratory in Nigeria. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The sudden rapid scale up of HIV & AIDS service delivery in Nigeria has led to the strengthening of HIV-related laboratories, instead of the general laboratory health systems. It is not uncommon to see a newly constructed, well-staffed HIV laboratory side-by-side with a crumbling general laboratory.The HIV laboratories have better human and material resources, and enhanced working conditions compared to the existing general laboratories.

West and Central Africa is a very diverse region with many unique languages, cultures, demographics, policies, and people. But, they share similar public health challenges that have no boundaries such as increasing HIV & AIDS prevalence rates and high maternal mortality rates.

Tallying election results. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

In Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, civil society organizations elected representatives to a national AIDS, TB and malaria governance body to re-qualify for grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Countries wishing to apply for and implement Global Fund grants related to AIDS, TB or malaria must maintain a national, multilateral governance body—known as a Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)—to provide strategic leadership and oversight. CCMs are comprised of representatives of the public, civil society, private and donor sectors.

Leadership Development Project Team-Adzope in Adzopé, Côte d'Ivoire. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Gathering and analyzing data, and using that data for decision making, remain essential to delivering health services that meet the needs of the population.  In collaboration with its partners in the MEASURE Evaluation Phase III (MEval-III) project led by the University of North Carolina, MSH provides the leadership and organization development support necessary for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams world-wide to develop and sustain strong M&E systems. MEval-III's recently released mid-project report highlights examples of how MEval–III has supported monitoring and

An uninterrupted and reliable supply of essential medicines including antiretrovirals (ARVs) remains crucial to the optimum management of HIV infection and other chronic diseases. The availability of accurate information on current stocks enables the estimation of future requirements.

In December 2010, Management Science for Health (MSH) launched the Tanzania Institutional Capacity Building Program (TZ-ICB). Senior leaders representing five implementing partners of the U.S.

Juanita Flomsbee, SCMS Country Director in Vietnam. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Vietnam is one of the target countries included in the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.

One of the representatives from a local NGO that met all the targets and received the annual bonus payment. {Kate Dilley/MSH.}Kate Dilley/MSH.

Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) USAID-funded Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) Project and its all-Haitian staff are working through a network of 27 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) using performance-based financing contracts to provide primary health care—with a focus on maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV & AIDS services, and family planning services—to nearly half of Haiti’s population.MSH establishes contracts with the NGOs to meet an established and agreed upon set of targets prior to rele