Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control

Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control


Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control (RISE), a five-year global project funded by PEPFAR and USAID, works with countries to achieve a shared vision of attaining and maintaining epidemic control, with stronger local partners capable of managing and achieving results through sustainable, self-reliant, and resilient health systems by 2024. RISE also supports COVID-19 response efforts in multiple countries, working with ministries of health and USAID to provide technical assistance and service delivery support for COVID-19 case management and health system response efforts.

As a core partner, MSH leads the project’s foundational work on health systems strengthening for HIV services by working with stakeholders at all levels of the health system to identify needs and mobilize resources to protect people from HIV and improve their health.

Under the RISE Consortium, we provide strategic technical assistance in:

  • Health governance and policy
  • Health financing
  • Commodities and supply chain management
  • Human resources for health
  • Health information systems
  • Organizational capacity of local implementing partners and community-based organizations
Sarah Konopka, Senior Principal Technical Advisor
Sarah Konopka

Senior Principal Technical Advisor, Infectious Diseases and Practice Lead for HIV and AIDS

Project Contact

Sarah Konopka, Senior Principal Technical Advisor for MSH’s Infectious Diseases and HIV and AIDS work, leads MSH’s technical work in HIV prevention and response and serves as the Health System Strengthening lead of the Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control (RISE) project, which is funded by PEPFAR through USAID and led by Jhpiego. Konopka has more than 15 years of experience in program design and implementation, research, and policy analysis in HIV and integrated health programs. She previously served as Technical Director of the MSH-led, USAID-funded African Strategies for Health (ASH) project. Prior to joining MSH in 2012, Konopka worked at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, providing technical support to Asia- and Eastern Europe-based civil society organizations to manage and implement HIV-related programming for key populations, and served as an HIV and AIDS and Community Health Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, where she designed and managed community-based HIV prevention projects. Konopka holds a master’s degree in international development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.

Donors & Partners


The United States Agency for International Development

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief



ICAP at Columbia University (ICAP)

ANOVA Health Institute

BAO Systems

JHU Center for Public Health and Human Rights

Mann Global Health (MGH)