Building the Capacity of PEPFAR New Partners

The New Partners Initiative (NPI) is part of a broader effort within the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support established community- and faith-based organizations to become new partners to the national government and funding partners.

TA-NPI project's goal is to build the quality of program implementation and strengthen the capacity of indigenous organizations to serve the needs of their communities today and into the future, through collaboration with government and partnerships with other organizations.

Find out how TA-NPI has helped grantee organizations grow and thrive and provide more people in need with important HIV and AIDS-related services.

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The Technical Assistance to the PEPFAR New Partners Initiative (TA-NPI), funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is designed to build the quality of program implementation and strengthen the capacity of New Partners Initiative (NPI) recipients. This support is provided to 12 established local nongovernmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti, all indigenous organizations that serve the needs of their communities through collaboration with government and partnerships with other organizations.

As TA-NPI has helped build organizational capacity, these NPI organizations are positioning themselves through video and other materials to partner with a broader array of organizations and funders while explaining how their systems have been strengthened and their capacity enhanced.

Watch the videos from TA-NPI partners:

National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE)

The National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) in Kenya works with target audiences to help educate at-risk populations about HIV. NOPE is a grantee of the New Partners Initiative that receives technical assistance from JSI through the CDC-funded Technical Assistance to the New Partners Initiative (TA-NPI) project.

NOPE develops and employs peer education curricula that targets students in school, students out of school, people in the workplace, and most-at-risk populations (MARPS), including sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), and long distance truckers.

The success of NOPE in creating sustainable peer education programs is the high engagement of the peer educators and the community members themselves.

NOPE Kenya Portrait

Take a look at how NOPE is reaching more at-risk populations with essential HIV facts and services.

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Sophumelela Centre, Inc. is a faith-based organization located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, providing holistic health, education, and economic development programs to people who are infected with and affected by HIV. While serving all people in greater East London since 2000, Sophumelela primarily supports Xhosa-speaking Africans who live in the large townships or squatter camps throughout the city.

Sophumelela: Building Stronger Systems

This video highlights both Sophumelela's holistic care program for people living with and affected by HIV and the technical assistance the organization has received from TA-NPI. The technical assistance has helped Sophumelela assess its needs, strengthen internal systems, and better serve its community.

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Sophumelela: Restoring Hope and Dignity

This video profiles Dignity House, a palliative care facility for Sophumelela's critically ill HIV clients. Opened with support from PEPFAR through the NPI grant, Dignity House provides health and HIV support services, which are unparalleled in the Eastern Cape. With help from TA-NPI, Dignity House has stronger systems to deliver its services and support and this has led to tremendous success--nearly all patients who have come to Dignity House have returned home.

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Sophumelela: We will succeed!

In this video presents the growth of Sophumelela's holistic support program. With funding from PEPFAR through the NPI grant, the organization now offers comprehensive services for people living with HIV and their families. The video highlights expanded counseling and testing services via mobile and satellite sites, a palliative care facility for critically ill AIDS patients, home-based care services, youth HIV prevention peer education, employment support, skills building, job creation and placement, and the creation of a day care facility and primary school.

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Baptist Response Agency Africa (BARAA)

The Baptist Response Agency Africa (BARAA) is a faith-based consortium of 16 churches in Kenya working to improve lives through health, education, and community development programs. Since 2002, BARAA has focused its efforts on alleviating the burdens of HIV, and responds to the tremendous need that HIV has created in the most hard-to-reach areas of Kenya. BARAA supports more than 250 congregations in four regions, and considers itself a national church response to HIV.

BARAA Portrait

This video outlines BARAA's work in Kenya to address the vast challenges caused by HIV in the most remote parts of the country. With TA-NPI's technical assistance and support, BARAA has strengthened its capacity and that of its member organizations.

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BARAA: Empowering Communities

This video highlights the support BARAA received from the NPI grant to expand its community outreach programs. With TA-NPI's technical assistance, BARAA strengthened its member organizations' administrative and technical skills to implement income-generation activities, provide HIV sensitization, and create improved M&E systems. With this support, BARAA has enhanced its capacity and improved the quality of its programs.

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Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development, Dialogue, and Action (EIFDDA)

Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development, Dialogue, and Action (EIFDDA) is a consortium of ten faith-based organizations (FBOs) that strives to address the most pressing needs of Ethiopian society. As the voice of faith-based organizations and religious communities throughout Ethiopia, EIFDDA is an influential and highly effective advocate for political, economic, and social change.

EIFDDA Portrait

This video outlines EIFDDA's goals and work to meet the most significant needs of the community through interfaith mobilization. TA-NPI's technical assistance and support strengthened EIFDDA's capacity and facilitated program growth. John Snow, Inc., 2011. 4:15 min.

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EIFDDA Strengthening Community Development through Interfaith Dialogue

This video highlights the way in which TA-NPI helped to strengthen the network of religious groups within EIFDDA. This allowed the members of EIFDDA to work more effectively together toward common goals, like providing HIV services. John Snow, Inc., 2011. 6:14 min.

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Matibabu Foundation in Kenya

Matibabu Foundation is an indigenous health care NGO in western Kenya that provides health and community support services to its rural population. Upon receiving a PEPFAR New Partner's Initiative grant through the CDC, Matibabu also received technical assistance to build its own capacity from JSI.

Matibabu Foundation, Western Kenya

This video presents an overview of the organization, its work in Western Kenya, and how the organization's systems have been strengthened through TA-NPI. John Snow, Inc., 2011. 3:58 min.

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Matibabu Journey: Improving Service Delivery and Community Health Outreach

This video explores how Matibabu's capacity to conduct community outreach has been strengthened through the support it received from TA-NPI and how that is benefiting both the organization and the community as a whole. John Snow, Inc., 2011. 4:17 min.

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Matibabu Journey: Building Stronger Systems

In this video, staff from Matibabu explain what their organizational systems were like prior to the capacity-building support they received from JSI and how those systems were strengthened and what that's meant for the organization. From financial management to using data for decision-making, Matibabu Foundation is now a stronger organization with procedures and management systems in place as they look to the future. John Snow, Inc., 2011. 3:53 min.

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Matibabu Journey: Training

This video highlights the participatory training process that Matibabu staff—and other TA-NPI partners—went through to strengthen their referral and network systems. John Snow, Inc., 2011. 2:05 min.

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