Through the Partnership Information Management System (PIMS), JSI provided the information architecture to streamline reporting and information use for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities in South Africa for nearly a decade.
Funded by USAID/Southern Africa, the Partnership Information Management System (PIMS) project focused on providing and maintaining decision support systems for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, including geographic information systems (GIS). The Partnership Information Management System is an online data management system and is one of the most important reporting and tracking systems for all PEPFAR/South Africa programs and initiatives that are aimed at reducing the burden of HIV and AIDS. PIMS hosts data for more than 235 PEPFAR implementing partners. PEPFAR in turn uses PIMS to consolidate all the data and indicators reported on to assess the impact, progress, and reach of their programs.
PIMS was created and implemented to fulfill newly established user requirements for strategic information required by the USG to manage the PEPFAR program. PIMS assists with monitoring and evaluation of PEPFAR programs, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Framework agreement between USG and SAG. PIMS is necessary for the PEPFAR program to report the program results to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) twice per year – the semi-annual progress report (SAPR) and the annual progress report (APR).
Through the project, JSI provided technical assistance, financial resources, tools, and technology to the U.S. government, South African government, and other partners to ensure that support for the PIMS continues and that the system is maintained while new development takes place in response to changing and additional user requirements.
Through this project, PEPFAR’s needs and objectives for an electronic strategic information platform that supports the collaboration between the U.S. and South African governments to monitor and evaluate HIV and AIDS programming were met. The project also built South African government capacity in HIV and AIDS surveillance, health management information systems (HMIS), operations research, and monitoring and evaluation.
At the completion of this project, the ability of the U.S. government to report on results through a single, coordinated management system (PIMS) that allows for both analysis and mapping of PEPFAR and national program data down to the district level increased. Creating customized reports and multivariate maps for use by PEPFAR and South African government program managers and implementing partners is now possible – as is the alignment of PEPFAR program indicators with those of the SAG and other donors.
The PIMS project is a follow-on to the Enhancing Strategic Information Project.