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South Africa: Building Capacity in Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Pretoria, South Africa


Through the University Technical Assistance Projects in Support of the Global AIDS Program (UTAP), a five-year program awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Jhpiego-led Johns Hopkins University consortium is working with appropriate local partners in South Africa to strengthen training and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). As part of this effort, Jhpiego has developed Training in Monitoring and Evaluation Fundamentals for Program Managers, a course designed to build the capacity of provincial trainers and program managers to conduct M&E in PMTCT. To date, approximately 2,500 PMTCT program managers from eight of South Africa’s nine provinces have completed the M&E course, and have been provided the necessary intensive, on-site follow-up that has ensured transfer of skills.

Jhpiego/JHU is also working to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Training Center in Umtata to track provincial training activities using Training Information Monitoring Systems (TIMS©). TIMS is a Microsoft™-based database that Jhpiego has actively promoted to track information about training activities, which can then be used by program managers to make important decisions about resource allocation and deployment of staff. In South Africa, Jhpiego has implemented TIMS at three sites—a regional training institution, the sub-directorate for tuberculosis control and HOPE worldwide.

About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.

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