HIV & AIDS: Our Impact

The Oba (King) of Isanlu, Dr. A.A. Ikuborije, presents Comfort Abu with an award. {Photo credit: MSH Nigeria.}Photo credit: MSH Nigeria.

Until recently, people living with HIV & AIDS in Isanlu Community in Nigeria’s Kogi state had difficulty accessing health services to manage their illnesses. Today things are very different, and much of that is credited to the persistence and perseverance of one woman, Comfort Omadu Abu.Mrs. Abu is the program manager for the Kogi State AIDS Control Program.

With a population of over a million, landlocked Swaziland faces a shortage of skilled healthcare workers, including pharmacy personnel. There are 64 registered pharmacists, with the majority of them belonging to the private sector as an increasing portion of the population battles several communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and the most prevalent – HIV/AIDS.The lack of pharmacy personnel has led to an increase in the number of facilities that use non-pharmaceutical staff to handle medicines and medical supplies, resulting in inefficient pharmaceutical supply management.

The LDP Core Group is comprised of graduates who have demonstrated a good understanding of leadership processes and concepts and have subsequently been trained to deliver the LDP and support program trainees. There is also an LDP Network which fosters communication, collaboration and support among graduates. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

We aren’t creating leaders; we are uncovering people’s leadership capabilities and providing a path for them to put their capabilities into practice. (Joseph Dwyer, director of the Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program at Management Sciences for Health)Designed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Leadership Development Program (LDP) strengthens organizations by developing the leadership and management capacity of staff members at all levels.

Elizabeth Oywer, the registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya (center), is recognized for completing the Leading High Performing Healthcare Organizations by Dr. Edward Mungai, dean of the Strathmore School of Business in Nairobi, and Joan Mansour, leadership development specialist at Management Sciences for Health. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Four years ago, a national assessment done by the Ministry of Health in Kenya showed that 61% of health managers felt inadequately prepared for their roles due to lack of skills in leadership and health systems management. The assessment report recommended that these gaps be addressed at the pre-service and in-service training levels for health workers and also at the senior management level of the health sector.

Goodness Dlamini (right), a "mentor mother", outside the Lamvelase clinic in Manzini, Swaziland. {Photo credit: Josh Chuttergoon/MSH.}Photo credit: Josh Chuttergoon/MSH.

"I want to see more women living like me, moving away from being sickly to living a healthy, productive life."This is what keeps Goodness Dlamini going as a "mentor mother." Goodness, 39-years old, supports and educates pregnant women and mothers on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) at Lamvelase Clinic in Manzini, the largest city in Swaziland.

Gabriel Chima. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The USAID-supported Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment (ProACT) project provides HIV & AIDS treatment, care and community outreach with a full complement of laboratory services in 25 comprehensive care and treatment centers in six Nigerian States: Adamawa, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Niger and Taraba States.

John Tiva Joseph. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

USAID-funded PEPFAR Health Professionals Fellow and laboratory scientist, John Tiva Joseph, returned home from his training determined to improve HIV diagnostic services at his laboratory. Joseph shared what he learned as a PEPFAR Fellow with his antiretroviral therapy (ART) team at General Hospital, Michika, in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Dr. Catherine Mundy.Dr. Catherine Mundy.

Laboratory services are a necessary but sometimes neglected element of a strong health system. From disease control and surveillance to patient diagnosis and care, laboratories are central to public health. Where laboratory services, policies or strategy are lacking, a comprehensive systems approach can improve a nation's infrastructure and capacity to manage and finance laboratory systems.MSH spoke with Dr.

To improve access to laboratory testing, supervision and quality  assurance, Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) Strengthening Public  Health Laboratory Systems Project in Kenya -- funded by PEPFAR  (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) through the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- is supporting the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MOH) in strengthening the national laboratory referral networks. Health services in Kenya are structured into four hierarchical levels  of care: dispensary, health center, district and provincial or na

A Malawian woman receives a Depo-Provera injection through the CFPHS project. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Since 2007, the USAID-funded Community-based Family Planning and HIV & AIDS Services (CFPHS) project has partnered with the ministry of health and local organizations in Malawi to expand access to integrated family planning and HIV & AIDS services in rural areas through a network of community health workers.The CFPHS project, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), has had marked success, increasing contraceptive use from 20,000 to 39,000 couples in two years.A 2004 health survey in Malawi showed that the contraceptive method of choice for about 60 percent of married women was the

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