MSH Awarded Three-Year USAID Contract for HIV/AIDS Services in Ethiopia

Partners with IntraHealth, Save the Children US, Dawn of Hope, and the Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development Dialogue and Action for the single largest expansion of AIDS community support and care in Africa.

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and its partners have been selected by the US Agency for International Development to implement the largest national expansion of HIV & AIDS services at the community and health center level in Africa. MSH and partners were awarded a three-year, $30 million contract with options for years four and five (potentially totaling $48 million) to provide HIV & AIDS care and support services at health centers, in communities, and in households throughout the country. This project will provide HIV & AIDS care and support services to all Ethiopians who need them. It will improve the quality and prolong the life of HIV-positive Ethiopians and help lower high rates of maternal and early childhood mortality.

To successfully implement this broad range of HIV & AIDS services, the project will use three strategically linked models: a results-oriented strategic framework, a family-focused approach, and performance-based contracting. The results-oriented framework relies on a variety of indicators (such as voluntary counseling and testing, numbers of patients on antiretroviral medicines, and numbers of patients receiving both tuberculosis and HIV & AIDS services) as a basis for managing prevention, treatment, care, and support services at the facility and community levels. This strategy will ultimately strengthen the health system and the antiretroviral treatment network. The project will put the family at the center of all activities, with the help of community-based and faith-based organizations and services, supported by a network of both public and private institutions at all levels. Through performance-based contracting, MSH will involve many public and private institutions throughout the country in rapid scale-up of services. MSH will commit 25% of all the project's resources directly to Ethiopian organizations.

“This new project is an exciting opportunity for MSH and our partners to work to mitigate the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populated country. Our previous experience in Ethiopia through the Rational Pharmaceutical Management (RPM Plus) and Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) projects puts us in a good position to build upon our efforts,” said Dr. Jonathan Quick, president of MSH.

MSH and its partners have an extensive presence in Ethiopia, with more than 40 team members already on the ground. IntraHealth helped scale up national services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Ethiopia, and Save the Children/US supported orphans and vulnerable children and at-risk people in the Djibouti-Ethiopia corridor. Dawn of Hope, the largest association of people living with AIDS in Ethiopia, works through advocacy, counseling, care, and health education. The Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development Dialogue and Action, the local affiliate of the World Conference for Religions for Peace, joined with various religious organizations to form a coalition to confront the social ills created by HIV & AIDS in Ethiopia.