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MHRP research is conducted in the context of a robust HIV prevention, care and treatment program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Our commitment to working with host nation ministries, parastatals, and in-country partners is key to MHRP’s goal to embed and engage as fully as possible with local stakeholders.
In the communities where MHRP provides prevention, care, and treatment services, we have helped developed an effective health care delivery system encompassing physical infrastructures, laboratories, central administration, data management capabilities, and human capacity building. While the main objective is to support the delivery of PEPFAR-funded services, these capabilities expand beyond a vertical approach and provide a framework upon which to address other health care needs and strengthen existing systems.
MHRP’s headquarters provides direct technical assistance to its PEPFAR programs in areas such as clinical and laboratory services, data management, and administration of program activities (e.g., contract training, fiscal management, partner monitoring). In addition to direct technical support to programs, through cross-site and country-to-country exchange, the six MHRP programs in Africa assist each other in addressing barriers and improving services. Being able to exchange lessons learned directly with peers at sister sites fosters an organic approach to problem solving and program development.
Our commitment to working with host-nation ministries, parastatals, and in-country implementing partners is key to MHRP’s goal to embed and engage as fully as possible with local stakeholders. Hiring local technical and administrative staff to support the program helps ensure that the program is administered and implemented by the sons and daughters of the communities we work with and within. We also work closely with local community leaders to empower them to guide how the local program is implemented and determine plans for future activities.
To support the effective delivery of services, we have:
MHRP has built and renovated laboratories, trained staff, and is providing ongoing technical assistance.
A critical component of a sustainable program is the transfer of technologies through training. In addition to providing training, we encourage and enable our partners to develop ongoing training programs and link them with outside resources to further expand their range of abilities.