The department executes its mandate through a team of diverse professionals in Research, M&E, Statistics, Demography, Information Technology, etc.Our annual achievements
During the year 2016, ACHAP through the department of Research Monitoring and Evaluation realised a number of achievements in line with its mandate of delivering evidence to guide policy, and program planning and implementation decisions.M&E system strengthening
ACHAP further strengthened its Monitoring and Evaluation system by developing and updating M&E project- specific plans, including data management and reporting systems. ACHAP also added M&E of the TB in the Mines in Southern Africa (TIMS) to its growing portfolio of projects it is supporting.Development of M&E plans
During the year ACHAP updated project specific M&E plans with indicator protocols that met the requirements for the Global fund and CDC as well as ACHAPs internal requirements. These are expected to enrich the scope and quality of reports generated and shared with both ACHAP Management and funding partners.Development of data bases
ACHAP managed to develop two databases, one for the CDC VMMC programme build on a DHIS 2 platform and the second one for the Global fund project. The latter is however still to be finalized and deployed.Development of dashboards
The department also successfully developed project-specific dashboards based on an intensive information prioritization consultative process with ACHAP Management and Sub Recipients.Development of performance reports
During the period under review, the department managed to develop and submit all the required quarterly and bi annually reports hence meeting the reporting obligations for its 2 major funders, The Global Fund and CDC.Resource Mobilization
The M & E Department continued to play a critical role by participating in proposal development as a key part of ACHAP’s resource mobilization strategy. It is recognized that ACHAP’s future depends heavily on the organization’s ability to build its portfolio of unrestricted funds.Research
In 2016, ACHAP conducted a ten (10) country Study on Human Rights and Gender Barriers to Access of TB, TB/HIV and Occupational Health diseases and Compensation services in the mining sector, which pitched ACHAP’s visibility in the SADC region. This study was funded by The World Bank and DFID, it covered 10 countries in the Southern Africa Region. The study was successfully completed in 9 of the 10 countries, while the 10th country (Mozambique) was only partially done due to delays in ethical approval. “The other 9 countries were Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, TaThe objectives of the study were to determine:
The findings from the survey were aimed at providing recommendations to inform the design, development and implementation of relevant and appropriate TB in the mines interventions. ACHAP has been given the opportunity to participate in formulating some of these interventions by being selected as the sub-recipient of the Global Fund to lead the TB in the mines Community Systems Strengthening component in the same ten (10) countries.Study population
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During the year the department also conducted and/or participated in some evaluations as described below:
At the beginning of 2016, ACHAP finalised a consultancy to review and update the current NACA Basic Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS curriculum into a more comprehensive health curriculum that addresses the wider needs of the health sector and not limited only to HIV/AIDS. The curriculum and the companying Facilitator Guides and PowerPoint slides were developed as a joint and collaborative effort of National AIDS Coordination Agency (NACA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Institute of Development Management (IDM) and African Comprehensive HIV AIDS Partnership (ACHAP).HRDC consultancy work
In 2016, ACHAP finalised and disseminated a consultancy to develop a 5 year national plan on the Human Resource Development Plan for Health, contracted by the Human Resource Development Council. The project consisted of two parts, first ACHAP had to conduct a situational analysis which involved secondary data analysis and key informant interviews.
The second component of the consultancy was the developed of the 5 year Human Resources Development Plan informed by the Situational Analysis and statistical modelling.
The overall goal of the Health Sector HRD Plan is to ensure that Government’s national priority on “Human Capital Development” is archived during the National Development Plan (NDP) 11. The Plan is therefore, expected to facilitate the Government’s strategies of matching the supply and demand of human resources, improving employment prospects, supporting economic diversification as well as facilitating the country’s transition to a knowledge economy. In the overall, the country is expected to have a globally competitive human resource.
The development of this plan involved profiling of the sector, identifying strategic direction of the sector through the use of the PESTEL analysis, determining the current skills in demand and analysing what impact future changes will have on the demand for skills, analysing the factors influencing the supply of human resources coming into the sector, analysing the main priority areas for human resource development and at the end, developing a response strategy for skills development.
The analysis, therefore, indicated that there is a serious shortage of health professionals in the health sector and as such, there is a need for training. Furthermore, there is a need for specialisation in different health disciplines.Technical support to MOH
In 2016 ACHAP participated in the TWG that supported the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and the Ministry of Health merge the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey and the Botswana Prevalence survey study design and protocol. The study field work is scheduled for mid-next 2017 and the merged protocol has been developed. It is hoped that the merging of the two surveys will lead to reduced cost and cost sharing.Publications and conferences
In 2016, the department developed abstracts and presented them at the 21st International AIDS Society (IAS) conference and 6th Botswana International AIDS conference. ACHAP had two of its abstracts accepted and presented at the 21th International AIDS Conference held in Durban South Africa in July 2016. The accepted abstracts were titled “Economic and Epidemiological Impact of a public private Partnership - the case of the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership (ACHAP)” and the “Sampling design alternatives in population based survey - for HIV programming”. In addition ACHAP also developed and presented 5 abstracts presented as posters at the 6th Botswana International AIDS conference in August 2016.