Countries: Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland
Services: Technical Assistance, Applied Technology, Training, Quality Assurance and Improvement, Knowledge Management
Technical Expertise: Health Systems Strengthening, Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC, Applied Technology
The countries of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland all have particularly high rates of HIV and AIDS; South Africa currently reports nearly one in five adults infected. The Enhancing Strategic Information project focused primarily on South Africa, but also devoted significant time to work in Lesotho and Swaziland.
This five-year USAID-funded task order built on existing initiatives and developments in the three countries and further concentrated efforts to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to collect, analyze, and use information to inform the rapid PEPFAR scale-up of sustainable and quality HIV and AIDS programs.
Through the project JSI built capacity for strategic information in communities to achieve comprehensive information system development for OVC and other program areas, designed and implemented action plans for enhanced use of data, provided technical assistance for maximizing data quality in results reporting, developed and maintained a USG results reporting database, and created high-quality multivariate GIS mapping applications.
The program utilized a multi-level training structure and a rigorous system of evaluating training effectiveness and participant follow-up. The program ensured that all of the data, tools, methodologies, and capacity that the PEPFAR/South Africa team had are duplicated at the implementing partners' levels to strengthen national systems. This included development and maintenance of a reporting database and demonstration of methods to ensure high-quality data.