Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2011 2012

Details for Mechanism ID: 12938
Country/Region: eSwatini
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Johns Hopkins University
Main Partner Program: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $50,000

K4Health's results are in line with the following PFIP key intervention area: "Development of human andinstitutional capacity to manage an effective HIV response, including aspects of strategic information."The NERCHA Info Centre Website, launched in March 2011, is a critical knowledge sharing tool, used tohouse materials about HIV/AIDS and ensure access to important eLearning courses, eToolkits, and othermaterials. Activities focus on Swaziland (nationally), with a particular emphasis on those working at thenational and district levels because they have access to the Internet. Target populations are programmanagers, policy makers and health service providers. A pilot community information center is alsotargeting community members in Nkamandzi, near Matsapha. K4Health works with the NERCHA InfoCentre, with whom other PEPFAR-funded partners also work, including PSI Swaziland and JHU(Research 2 Prevention). In order to be cost efficient, K4Health will work directly to cost share onactivities and support with the Info Centre. All project activities are implemented in direct consultationwith the NERCHA Info Centre and its associated technical working group, thereby ensuring localstakeholder commitment. A key focus of all K4Health activities is transferring knowledge sharingapproaches and tools to local staff for ongoing management and maintenance. Two staff membersdevote part of their time to routine program M&E: the K4Health/JHU-CCP Country program officer and theInfo Centre Resource Officer. This includes monitoring of administrative data files and Google Analyticson a quarterly basis. As the project moves ahead, the team will also triangulate results using differentdata sources (e.g., in-depth interviews, surveys, Info Kiosk logs).

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $50,000

K4Health will continue working with the NERCHA Info Centre on information management andknowledge sharing activities to ensure that up to date information is widely available in a timely and easyto access manner. The Info Centre website activity responds to K4Health's HIV information needsassessment findings that many health professionals have Internet access, and that a central, high-quality

source of HIV information is needed. Activities include continuing to support the NERCHA Info Centrestaff to maintain and update their website. K4Health will support the Info Centre to create keycollections of HIV prevention information materials (eToolkits). In collaboration with established technicalworking groups, these collections will be driven by local priorities in terms of topic (e.g. PMTCT, stigmaand discrimination, VMMC, M&E) and audience (e.g. policy makers, program manager, and healthservice providers). Through an eLearning course on documenting and communicating best practices forHIV prevention (available online and through the NERCHA Info Centre), local professionals will be betterable to document, communicate and share lessons learned around HIV prevention approaches.K4Health will also support the NERCHA Info Centre and partner organization SAfAIDS to continueoperating a community learning and information kiosk in one community. This kiosk will be a resourcefor local professionals (e.g. teachers, health service providers, community health workers) as well asprovide access to adults and youth. Kiosk visitors will access and use eLearning courses, printmaterials, eToolkits, and participate in community forums related to HIV prevention. Working withsupport from the NERCHA Info Centre, K4Health plans to partner with the Research2Prevention (R2P)project to conduct information sharing and dialogue events with members of Swazi tertiary institutions.This will include supporting the Info Centre to have a presence at campus events, actively sharingknowledge and promoting information services.

Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Addressing male norms and behaviors
enumerations.Impact/End-of-Program Evaluation
Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS activities and services
Increasing women's access to income and productive resources
Increasing women's legal rights and protection
enumerations.Malaria (PMI)
Safe Motherhood
Family Planning