Addressing Health Care in West Africa Through Innovation

We target a multitude of health care issues in the countries where we work, including malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal/child health, and reproductive health. We do this using participatory activities, local training, applied research, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E)

In Ghana, we currently provide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) assistance to USAID/Ghana’s Health, Nutrition and Population Office. We also provide assistance to implementing partners and support data collection and analysis for the Ghana Health Service (GHS). We work closely with health partners to build strong monitoring systems and analytical capacity.

The project, known as Evaluate, has been commended by USAID/Ghana for its management of a multi-dimensional activity, its ability to interface effectively with the ultimate client, the GHS, and the close working relationship between the local and home office teams.

Community health nurses entering DHIS2 data using a tablet application

The project, which is staffed only be local personnel, carries out operations research to inform programming and implements larger scale evaluations across activities. Evaluations have included a gender-focused interventions by three partners to improve nutrition and alleviate poverty in the Northern Region, a review of the effectiveness and scalability of five models of health care worker training, and an impact study on Presidential Management Initiative (PMI)-funded malaria for children under five.

MSI is also conducting orientations and training for health facility staff on use of the tablet-based tracker to capture on client transactions. Tablet use will be rolled out in three regions before the initiative is expanded nation-wide.

MSI also carries out numerous other data collection and assessments, including implementation of a nation-wide baseline (2015), midline (2017) and final (2019) facility-level survey. This survey assesses progress on over 100 service-related indicators across all major health programs. Finally, the project has worked extensively with research institutions to build organizational capacity to undertake critical research proposal writing.

In Zambia, MSI assisted in strengthening the country’s response to the global HIV/AIDS crisis through the USAID-funded Local Partners Capacity Building Program (LPCB). We partnered with 108 civil society organizations to counter the HIV pandemic by supporting the organizations that play a strong role in disseminating HIV prevention and treatment information at the community level through participatory activities.

Members of the New Masala Youth Development Theatre educate their peers about HIV/AIDs.

Our work with HIV, where infection rates among women are significantly higher than among men, and youth have low rates of being tested, required a special lens on both gender and youth. To include these crucial groups, we partnered with women and youth-led organizations that used peer-to-peer learning and local support, including community and school theater groups, youth-led and youth-focused organizations, and community support organizations.

One of several initiatives that the project supported was a partnership with the New Masala Youth Development Theatre. The youth-designed productions focused on encouraging their peers to get tested and on reducing stigmas related to people living with HIV/AIDS.

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