Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012

Details for Mechanism ID: 9962
Country/Region: Botswana
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Johns Hopkins University
Main Partner Program: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $685,000

The goal of this pre-service education project is to ensure that the health training institutes (HTIs) develop the capacity to produce healthcare professionals who graduate with the knowledge, and skills, they need to provide quality HIV services upon deployment, and that students, faculty, and staff of the HTIs, are supported by a comprehensive workplace wellness program that promotes the health and wellbeing of this critical workforce. The project develops capacity among faculty and clinical preceptors to enable them to integrate HIV/AIDS into their courses and practical instruction. The objectives of the pre-service education project are to strengthen the role of HIV/AIDS Training Coordinator at the Ministry of Health (MOH), to improve pre-clinical education in HIV/AIDS, to build bridges between pre-clinical education and clinical practice, to promote task shifting, and to keep the health workforce healthy, as well as to collaborate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana in developing licensure examinations. The project will be implemented in the eight health training institutions. The target population for the project will be faculty and preceptors for all the programs in the HTIs and the institution management. The project is building a cadre of master trainers in each institution thereby creating sustainability. Monitoring and evaluation of the project activities is being implemented in collaboration with the MOH.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $685,000

The health training institutions in Botswana do not have sufficient capacity to produce health workers who graduate with knowledge, skills and confidence they need to provide quality HIV/AIDS services upon deployment. In addition, HTIs are challenged with shortages of trained faculty equipped with good teaching skills and the ability to incorporate HIV/AIDS content into their lessons. Jhpiego will address these challenges by continuing activities begun in 2008. During COP 12:

Objective 1: To strengthen the role of the HIV/AIDS Training Coordinator at the MOHThe MOH HIV/AIDS Training Coordinator will be assisted to independently facilitate the three core courses: Effective Teaching Skills, Preceptor Skills Development and Student Performance Assessment.Objective 2: To improve pre-clinical education in HIV/AIDS in the eight HTIsJhpiego will observe and provide support to master trainers as they train in the three core courses and the Multimedia for Learning workshops. Jhpiego will introduce two training activities, effective leadership and management, and instructional design faculty, and develop orientation program for faculty. In collaboration with MOH, Jhpiego will implement an e-learning program for faculty of the HTIs.

Objective 3: To build bridges between pre-clinical education and clinical practiceClinical updates in TB and HIV knowledge, skills and practice will continue to be provided to faculty and preceptors at each HTI. Jhpiego will introduce a new training activity in simulation training, and develop a mentorship program for preceptors. The national working and technical working groups will have their annual meetings. Jhpiego, in collaboration with the MOH, will pilot test and develop an implementation plan to fully implement the preceptorship program. Jhpiego will facilitate formation of journal clubs in the institutions.

Objective 4: To promote task shiftingJhpiego will continue discussions with the MOH regarding task shifting and implement identified activities. Recommendations on task shifting from the clinical and education leaders will be discussed with MOH leaders.

Objective 5: To keep the health workforce healthyJhpiego, in collaboration with MOH, will pilot test a wellness program for students in selected institutions and develop a plan to implement the wellness program for students of the HTIs.

Objective 6: Support to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana (NMCB)Jhpiego, in collaboration with MOH, will pilot test licensure examinations for nurses, which were developed during COP 11. Structure, policy and procedures needed to develop and administer the examinations will be developed.

These activities will serve to produce a more skilled workforce in HIV/AIDS better able to address HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services in the communities in which they work.

Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $685,000
Human Resources for Health $685,000
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Workplace Programs