AIDSTAR-Two: Our Impact

Ummuro Adano

Donors, national governments, civil society, and international partners are grappling with three realities in the domain of HIV and AIDS today: (1) the need to accelerate country ownership and leadership of HIV and AIDS programming; (2) diminishing donor resources; and (3) the need to strengthen local implementing organizations and institutions to sustain the AIDS response in terms of: access to prevention, treatment, care, and support services; addressing stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses that key populations continue to face in many parts of the world; and supporting orphan

Recent political and socio-cultural turmoil in the Middle East/North Africa region may be making it increasingly difficult to plan and strategize activities for the greater involvement of people living with HIV, as well as address issues concerning the abuse of human rights related to persistent HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the region. An estimated 500,000 people are living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa, and the region is now among the top two regions in the world with the fastest growing HIV epidemic.

The MSH-led AIDSTAR-Two Project has published a new technical brief, Country Ownership and Organizational Capacity Building: Beyond Principles to Practices, which outlines some key practices and approaches to strengthening country ownership and helping shift behavior among donors, countries and implementing partners to strengthen local institutions and organizations.In this era of declining external resources for global health and development and the emphasis on country ownership, empowering and building sustainable capacity among local organizations and institutions is ever more critical.

Summary Document Presents Findings from Vietnam and JamaicaThe AIDSTAR-Two Project has published a summary document of the health system strengthening activities required to reach populations most vulnerable to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  This brief, seven-page report puts forth an analytical framework to help prioritize the health system strengthening activities that are required to reach most-at-risk populations, and presents selected findings in Vietnam and Jamaica.The report, entitled “Know Your Epidemic, Know Your System, Know Your Response,” was prepared by Management Scienc

The MSH-led, US Agency for International Development- funded, AIDSTAR-Two Project has published a new technical brief, Systematic Organizational Capacity Building: Tackling Planning and Implementation Challenges, which focuses on the barriers associated with capacity building that are faced by civil society and non-governmental organizations in the context of HIV & AIDS programming.

MSH is pleased to announce the publication of The PBF Handbook: Designing and Implementing Effective Performance-Based Financing Programs.  Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the AIDSTAR-Two Project, the PBF Handbook was written to assist decision-makers at the point of project design in integrating PBF approaches into their overall framework, and to delineate the roles and responsibilities of USAID and implementing partners.PBF is a powerful means of increasing the quality and quantity of health services by providing incentives to supplier

This month's Global Health Magazine, published by the Global Health Council, looks at "Moving Toward Gender Equitable Health Organizations," in an article written by MSH Staff.The authors, Sarah Johnson, Ummuro Adano, and Willow Gerber work on the US Agency for International Development-funded AIDSTAR-Two Project.

Report calls for integrated programming and improved monitoring and evaluation to better respond to essential needs of those at risk BOSTON, MA – Targeted HIV & AIDS programs for most-at-risk populations are urgently needed to address the growing epidemic in Central Asia, according to a new USAID-funded report written by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, under the AIDSTAR-Two Project.  The report, "Mapping of Key HIV/AIDS Services, Assessment of their Quality, and Analysis of Gaps and Needs of Most-at-Risk Populations i

Dr. Jorge Fernandez is the Chief of Party for the AIDSTAR-Two project in HondurasThe AIDSTAR-Two project in Honduras, funded by US Agency for International Development/ Honduras and led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), is working with local non-governmental organizations to improve the provision of HIV prevention services to most-at-risk groups, such as men who have sex with men (MSM), commercial sex workers, and the Garifuna, the Afro-Caribbean ethnic group living along the country's northern coast.  Dr.

Mentor at park discussing HIV, HondurasHonduras is highly stigmatized.