Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 10464
Country/Region: Lesotho
Year: 2011
Main Partner: Johns Hopkins University
Main Partner Program: Knowledge for Health
Organizational Type: Implementing Agency
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $30,000

Johns Hopkins University, Knowledge for Health (K4H) Program will work with the Lesotho National AIDS Commission (NAC) partnership Forum, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and their Research Unit, and key stakeholders, to build capacity and develop and strengthen knowledge management systems to facilitate the capturing, synthesizing and sharing of HIV/AIDS knowledge and information, thereby addressing information needs, improving program implementation and collaboration, and making use of new technologies to better share information and experiences. This activity contributes to the health systems strengthening and strategic information pillars of the Partnership Framework and will help strengthen the health systems and capacity building thematic areas of the Lesotho National Strategic Plan (NSP). K4H will develop the capacity of strategically placed local institutions to better manage and disseminate HIV materials and information, encouraging and facilitating their use in the design, harmonization and implementation of HIV programs throughout the country.

Strengthening the knowledge and information management capacity of the NAC, MOH and other key stakeholders benefits a range of individuals and organizations working in health, education, the community, the government and the private sector in Lesotho, including: health program managers and providers, community, faith-based and non-governmental organizations, networks of PLWHA and support organizations, focal point units and individuals in government, planners and policy makers, researchers, advocates and the media.

Family planning is a health-related wraparound cross-cutting key issue within this activity. The K4H program has considerable linkage and experience with family planning and is therefore uniquely positioned to improve the integration of HIV/AIDS and family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) for better health outcomes within programs in Lesotho.

Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $30,000

In COP FY2011, K4Health will continue to provide TA and support for the following activities:

Contine support for a national HIV/AIDS clearinghouse using NAC's national AIDS resource center as the focal point for support. Build capacity at NAC and within targeted thematic groups (i.e., Prevention Thematic Working Group) to document key activities and programs in-country and to improve dissemination methods for delivering best practices and messaging materials to target audiences (gen pop, health service providers, district management teams, etc.) Link the Lesotho K4Health activities back to regional efforts around sharing knowledge and best practices; linking Lesotho to the regional Web portal and contextualizing broader regional efforts to within K4Health's in-country activities.

K4H will work with the Lesotho National AIDS Commission (NAC) partnership Forum, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and their Research Unit, and key stakeholders to create National HIV/AIDS resource and information sharing systems for Lesotho that will serve as the key source of evidence-based information on HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. Since prevention is a key priority focus area under the partnership framework, initial emphasis will focus on the collection, adaptation and dissemination of relevant prevention information.

Specific activities under the project include: Develop a national HIV/AIDS clearinghouse that provides easy access to all relevant, evidence-based, research, programmatic materials, tools, communication materials, policy and advocacy information, and a directory of HIV/AIDS services and programs in Lesotho. Materials would be accessible in electronic, hard copy, and audio-visual formats.

Develop the capacity of key stakeholders to document key activities and programs and their significance in the HIV/AIDS response and to repackage key information for specific target audiences.

Develop a Lesotho web portal for HIV/AIDS. The clearinghouse would develop a dynamic, easy-to-use web portal to provide country-wide access to resources and a forum for program managers, health communicators, researchers, trainers, and policy makers to share experiences, strategies, approaches and lessons learned.

Develop the capacity of key stakeholders to host electronic and face to face forums at national and district level, to discuss current issues on HIV/AIDS.

Provide a virtual online training center. K4H will work with key strategic partners, including the MCC, to develop a series of e-learning courses targeted to a range of audiences, including public health practitioners, program managers, health communication specialists, and volunteers country-wide, giving them access to training, knowledge and skills.

Build local capacity by creating or strengthening existing district and community level "learning centers" that will be linked to and collaborate with the clearinghouse.