Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2011 2012 2013 2014

Details for Mechanism ID: 12762
Country/Region: Botswana
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Cardno Emerging Markets
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Private Contractor
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $450,000

This is the second year of the activity. IT graduates from Botho college are being placed at the DHMT to provide IT support to the DHMT and clinics. Interested recent graduates are identified through a competitive process and selected candidates are offered a one-year, PEPFAR-supported paid attachment. These funds are expected to cover approximately 46 IT officers. The site assignments will be made after a needs assessment. This proposal also seeks to expand the district health IT officer project into the Institutes of Health Sciences (IHS). IHS is the largest teaching institute for health professionals in the country, yet most graduates are not intimately acquainted and/or trained on the technology that is utilized at service delivery points. Funds from this proposal would place one IT officer at each of the eight IHS facilities in the country.

Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $450,000

The aim of this activity is to solidify the progress that has been made in other areas of technology deployment by providing adequate IT support. Without such support, the roll-out of electronic medical records, among many other technology tools, will not be capable of reaching its maximum potential. Currently, through a public private partnership (PPP) that PEPFAR/Botswana supports, Botho College places IT attachments in districts to assist small health facilities that are not receiving adequate support for their technological infrastructure. The output indicator will be the number of facilities and programs reporting in a timely fashion. This proxy indicator sheds light on how well systems are functioning. Through the use of trend data, timely reporting comparisons to previous years will be conducted as well as form a baseline for monitoring facility reporting following the projects completion. This district health IT officer project was designed to be funded by PEPFAR/Botswana for three consecutive one-year attachments, at which point the Government of Botswana (GOB) would consider absorption or project completion. This is the second year of the project. The project has received high praise from GOB and this proposal would extend the project to other areas in need of technological support. Graduates of this internship have been hired by GOB.

Subpartners Total: $0
Botho College: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $450,000
Human Resources for Health $450,000