MSH Chosen by USAID to Build Leadership and Management Capacity of HIV/AIDS Service Providers

Under the AIDSTAR Sector II Program, MSH will lead a partnership to build the leadership and management capacity of governments and NGOs worldwide.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been selected by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a team of five other organizations in implementing AIDSTAR Sector II, a new program that provides tailored packages of services to meet the specific needs of agencies working on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support.

Under the AIDSTAR Sector II Program, which provides an initial $25,000 grant to MSH and will award up to $500 million in total grants, the MSH team will build the organizational and programmatic capacity of local providers of HIV/AIDS services. The MSH team will work to strengthen the leadership, management systems (financial management, strategic planning, human resources, data collection, and information sharing), transparency, and other aspects of national and local governments, NGOs, and faith-based organizations working in the area of HIV/AIDS.

By professionalizing the leadership and management of institutions and organizations in countries worldwide, building the core framework of their operations, the MSH team will help them create strong, rapid, and enduring responses to HIV/AIDS.

MSH’s partners for AIDSTAR Sector II are five organizations that bring years of experience in this area: Health and Development Africa, Ltd., Initiatives, Inc., Broad Branch Associates, Save the Children Federation, and the World Conference on Religions for Peace.

In July, USAID selected MSH to lead a different team of partner organizations for AIDSTAR Sector I, a concurrent effort to help organizations and governmental institutions strengthen their HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs and create networks among different service providers.

About AIDSTAR AIDSTAR stands for AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources Contract for HIV/AIDS Technical Services. The new program was created to support US Government agencies that are working to meet the goals of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. Initiated in 2004, the Emergency Plan is a five-year, $15-billion multifaceted global effort to combat HIV/AIDS.

AIDSTAR aims to make a lasting impact on HIV/AIDS in the 114 countries in which PEPFAR operates, including 15 focus countries: Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.