NASTAD Supports Leadership Development for Botswana’s District AIDS Coordinators

Michelle Batchelor, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD

ALDP Master Trainers and Participants

ALDP Master Trainers and Participants

This month, fourteen District AIDS Coordinators (DACs) and Assistant DACs (ADACs) gathered in Gaborone, Botswana to complete week one of the Applied Leadership Development Program (ALDP) for District HIV and AIDS Coordination Training. DACs and ADACs form the backbone of the district-level HIV response in Botswana, where an estimated 340,000 people are living with HIV. The training was hosted by the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (MLG&RD), with support and mentoring provided by NASTAD.  Continue reading

NASTAD Helps Develop One of the Few Functioning HIV/AIDS Case Surveillance Systems in the Developing World

By Mark Griswold, Manager, NASTAD Global Program

NASTAD in HaitiOver the past nine years, NASTAD has worked with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop and implement HIV case surveillance in Haiti. This collaboration has resulted in the establishment of one of the few functioning HIV/AIDS case surveillance systems in the developing world.

As the quality and representativeness of Haiti’s case data have improved over time, so, too, have the possibilities for detailed, high quality data analyses. NASTAD held the second of a series of trainings to support and mentor Haiti’s MOH staff to analyze and interpret case surveillance data. The training was held in Port-au-Prince and attended by public health professionals throughout the country. Consistent with the priorities of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), these trainings seek to strengthen local public health capacity and encourage use of scientific data for monitoring, evaluation and decision-making. Continue reading

NASTAD Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Global Partnerships with Launch of New Training Program in Botswana

By Lucy Slater, Director, NASTAD Global Program

NASTAD Partners with Government of BotswanaNASTAD is working with the Botswana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG) and the CDC Sustainable Management Development Program (SMDP) to develop the Applied Leadership Development Program for HIV and AIDS Coordination for District AIDS Coordinators (DACs). As we discussed in a previous blog post, in Botswana, DACs are critical to the management and coordination of the district-level response to HIV. This program is designed to develop the capacity of the Botswana government to equip AIDS Coordinators with the essential public health management competencies and confidence needed to effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their communities.

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NASTAD Rolls Out Applied Public Health Program Management Training in Botswana

By Michelle Bachelor, Senior Manager, NASTAD Global Program

Michelle BachelorLast fall, we rolled out a much anticipated public health management training curriculum for District AIDS Coordinators (DACs) in Botswana. The training was developed in collaboration with NASTAD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sustainable Management Development Program (CDC-SMDP). The Applied Public Health Program Management Training (APHPMT) provides a standardized process for assessing program manager roles and responsibilities, and tailoring public health management training to address identified gaps in public health management competencies. Continue reading

2012 AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and Cost Containment Technical Assistance Briefs

By Christopher Cannon, Manager, Health Care Access

As part of a technical assistance (TA) cooperative ADAP Technical Assistance Briefsagreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), NASTAD is releasing its revised four-part series of TA briefs focused on AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) and cost containment strategies. The series topics include: Eligibility Criteria, Formulary and Utilization Management, Waiting List Management, and Coordination of Benefits. The original series produced in 2008 has been a critical set of tools to help support ADAPs facing many programmatic and fiscal management issues during the economic recession beginning in 2009. With continued fiscal challenges being faced by many ADAPs around the country, NASTAD has updated these briefs to reflect the current environment.
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