Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Details for Mechanism ID: 9816
Country/Region: South Africa
Year: 2011
Main Partner: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health
Main Partner Program: AIDSTAR
Organizational Type: Implementing Agency
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,650,538

The narrative description of this project remains the same as in COP 2010, with the following changes for COP 2011.

The Thogomelo project responds to the in-service training needs of community caregivers and supervisors of community caregivers responsible for the care of orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, and their families.


The first two years of operation have shown that there is a high demand for the curricula developed (namely the Thogomelo Psychosocial Support Skills Development Programme for Community Caregivers and the Child Protection Skills Development Programme for Supervisors of Community Caregivers). To strengthen the institutional sustainability of the curricula developed, a third curriculum will be developed in collaboration with DSD and become operational in 2011, the Psychosocial Support for Supervisors of Community Caregivers Skills Development Progamme. Alignment of training service providers, their staff and the Thogomelo Project training materials to local training standards (SAQA and Health and Welfare SETA) continues to pose a challenge to the project given the ongoing impact on project planning and implementation of frequent policy changes within these governing bodies. In FY 03 the Project will engage the HWSETA in the development of dedicated qualifications in psychosocial support and child protection to further the career pathing of community caregivers.


A provincial implementation planning meeting will take place in each province during October 2010 to embed the Thogomelo project within existing DSD and DOH provincial strategies. Each project is expected to develop specific plans detailing (a) priority districts according to development and health indicators, (b) training targets and (c) budget allocation to cost share scale up of the training. To be attended by National and Provincial DSD (both the HIV/AIDS Care and Support and the Child Protection Directorates), training service providers and local stakeholders, this collaborative process aims to strengthen partnerships and community networks to ensure provincial ownership of the Project and in turn sustain the development of community caregivers and their supervisors beyond the life span of the Project.

Further capacity development of training service providers will continue in FY 03 with(a) accredited training in Facilitation, Assessment and Moderation to ensure accreditation capacity in the provinces and (b) refresher courses for sub-contracted training service providers in curriculum content, facilitation methodologies and ME.


REDACTED. Provincial DSD is expected to scale up the training in FY 03 with EPWP and capacity development funds.The approach of the project is to integrate care for the caregivers and child protection in the roll out of training so that the skills development programmes complement one another in a systemtic manner.The finalisation of teh verification of Y1 and Y2 learners is a prioirity during FY 03.


As the project enters its third year of operation the foundation of training implementation is laid and attention is turning to documenting evidence and lessons learnt. The project has developed two outcome evaluation tools that are directly linked to the training intervention. A uniquely South African psychosocial wellbeing scale is in operation. Capturing the demographic data of community caregivers and a child protection survey tool will become fully operational in FY3 utilizing an innovative mobile technology data gathering. These will act as a pilot for the remainder of the project. It is anticipated that results of these two surveys will continue to inform project development and the caregiver and child protection sectors. A third case study of emerging good practice will be compiled in FY 03 and disseminated through a seminar series.The project will also seek to access fund for an mobiule technology pilot through teh USAID Public/ private initiative in this fiscal year.


Embedding quality in training service provider delivery, materials , documentation and partnerships is key to the sustainability of the project's goals a growing focus during Y3-Y5. A quality assurance policy for the entire project will be developed and implemented in FY 03. The Midterm evaluation of the project will be undertaken in Q2 of FY03. The Mid and Annual Reviews will provide further scope for the assessment of progress, challenges faced and remedial action.

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $1,650,538

Subpartners Total: $0
Mott MacDonald: NA
Frontline AIDS (formerly International HIV/AIDS Alliance): NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $469,955
Human Resources for Health $469,955