Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 11952
Country/Region: Ghana
Year: 2010
Main Partner: University of California at San Francisco
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $350,000

To provide support, training and technical assistance for long term capacity building in SI towards improvement of surveillance and M&E throughout Ghana. Note: this is not a new mechanism; it was added in September 2009 reprogramming.

Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $350,000

UCSF training and in-service activities & deliverables include the following:

1. Based on the initial assessment visit, UCSF will collaborate with the NACP at GHS and GAC in the assessment of high-priority MARP in Ghana, namely FSW, MSM and IDUs. UCSF will work with NACP and GAC to identify existing data in Ghana (surveillance, program and special studies) and in neighboring countries to help identify surveillance gaps to be addressed with in-country partners. Formative assessments will be conducted to better inform surveillance activities (see below). TARGETS: Training activities for 4 NACP and GAC staff in formative research methods.

2. UCSF will support the development and fielding of MARPs surveillance and size estimation activities and provide direct oversight and capacity building through "twinning" and training to MOH and other in-country staff in IBBS and MARPS size estimation in a staggered, phased-in approach to IBBS. FSW will be the first target population addressed in IBBS (through a respondent driven sample [RDS] methods for sampling) and size estimation exercises, tied in with IBBS and possibly mapping conducted. In the first year, formative assessments will be conducted with MSM and IDUs to further understand the populations of interest with IBBS and size estimation in these populations planned for subsequent years. With additional support from external sources in addition to CDC, UCSF will work with Integrated Health Solutions (I.H.S.), a Ghanain NGO to hire staff for the data collection teams (5 teams x 5 people) with UCSF providing direct oversight in the staffing, training and supervision of data collection teams; data analysis and results dissemination for program and policy. TARGETS: Training for 12 NACP, GAC and other in-country collaborators in protocol & instrument development for IBBS and RDS methodology training and MARPS size estimation methods.

3. Support additional SI activities as specifically determined and prioritized in needs assessment, including

a) data synthesis/triangulation exercise including the development of a relational database of current surveillance, M&E and research activities in Ghana. UCSF will work with GAC, NACP and other in-country stakeholders to identify key topics to be addressed in data synthesis activities. UCSF will twin with in-country collaborators to collate existing data (surveillance, special studies, program, research activities) relevant to the topic(s) of interest and provide TA and capacity building in the analysis and interpretation of the data to answer the question(s) of interest. UCSF will train in-country staff in triangulation methodology for program planning and improvement. TARGETS: Training of 12 NACP, GAC and other in-country collaborators in triangulation methodology.

b) targeted TA for CDC-funded HIV incidence study. UCSF will provide logistical support to conduct a CDC-funded HIV incidence study. UCSF will provide logistical support for ART patient specimen collection for Ghana incidence testing and provide one facilitator for a training of research lab staff for specimen testing.

Subpartners Total: $0
Integrated Health Solutions: NA