Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2013 2014 2015

Details for Mechanism ID: 16627
Country/Region: Ghana
Year: 2013
Main Partner: Johns Hopkins University
Main Partner Program: JHPIEGO
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: USDOD
Total Funding: $0

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) play a vital role in national security, peacekeeping operations throughout the continent and humanitarian assisstance/disaster management. GAF has 12,000 troops comprised mostly of men who are in the sexually active age group of 19-49. The GAF is a key segment of Ghanaian society at increased risk of HIV, due to their relatively young age, dependable salary and mobility. Jhpiego will support the Department of Defense's (DoD) partnership with the GAF to implement the partnership framework goals of preventing new infections for the GAF personnel and their families, increasing beneficiaries access to HIV prevention and care services, supporting testing and counseling Services, improving laboratory capabilities and health management systems. This partner is being funded with existing pipeline funds. Official reprogramming would be done when the operational plan update cycle window is opened.

Funding for Care: Adult Care and Support (HBHC): $0

Jhpiego will work with GAF providers to reestablish PLHIV meetings at the 37th Military Hospital an in all the garrions to provide care and psychosocial support to their members. These meetings will also be used to educate PLHIVs about how to protect their sexual partners from HIV transmission using the prevention with possitives approach. Referrals for care and treatment services for the GAF personnel and their families will also be provided. Proposed activities include: 1) Review and adapt curricula for PwP groups 2) Hold bi-monthly PwP group meetings at each garrison for military personnel, families, MOD civilian employees and community. 3) Ensure linkages and active referrals for PLHIV to other support, care and treatment services

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $0

Jhpiego will provide technical assisstance to Magadzias (GAF's Military wives' clubs) to identify OVC and implement best practices. Proposed activities will include: 1) Meeting with Magadzias in seven garrisons to develop action plans to support OVC. 2) Provide assisstance in the form of school fees, school uniforms and nutrition support where necessary to a maximum of 100 OVC over a period of time.

Funding for Laboratory Infrastructure (HLAB): $0

Jhpiego will work with GAF to improve the 37th Military Hospital's laboratory capacity by preparing them to undergo an international laboratory accreditation readiness process using Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) of the World Health Organization (WHO). Proposed activites include: 1) Baseline assessment and three progress assessments. 2) three training workshops and three quality improvement projects. 3) Contract an internationally recognised certification body to accredit the 37th Military Hospital.

Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $0

Jhpiego is working with GAF to strengthen GAF's capacity to manage quality HIV and AIDS Programming. Support to GAF will include the development of an HIV/AIDS strategy and standards for HIV care and treatment services. Jhpiego will also work with GAF to enhance the availability of stragetic information for decision making. Proposed activities include 1) Various meetings with GAF to develop and finalise GAF's HIV strategy 2) Adapt HIV care and treatment performance standards from Ghana and other countries to GAF's Context and support GAF to implement the standards. 3) Conduct an on-site assessment of existing medical records and medical data storage capacity at the 37th Military Hospital and seven garrisons. Per the assessment results, a long term plan will be developed to strengthen strategic information capacity and implemented. 4) Procure necessary hardware and software, train staff, ensure internet connectivity and monitor implementation.

Funding for Testing: HIV Testing and Counseling (HVCT): $0

Jhpiego's program will develop an HIV Testing and Counseling curricula for GAF. With this curriculla, Jhpiego will train 10 HTC master trainers and 10 Peer Educator master trainers drawn from GAF Staff College, Kofi Annan International Peace keeping Training Center and the GAF Health Care Providers. Proposed activities are: Develop HTC curricula, train 20 Master Trainers, HTC promotion via annual wellness day, train 26 HTC providers and 26 Peer Educators to promote HTC

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $0

Jhpiego will support GAF to develop HIV prevention curricula and materials like posters and other prevention training materials on HIV/AIDS including information on STIs. Technical assisstance will also be given to improve prevention messaging. Proprosed activities include education about modes of HIV transmission, encouraging knowledge of status and referrals to testing programs (know your status campaigns, gender based violence and attitudes/behaviours to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Increase gender equity in HIV prevention, care, treatment and support
Military Populations