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Strengthening Systems

The overarching goal of FPD's Technical Assistance (TA) Cluster is to implement capacity development and research initiatives in order to improve health systems district performance to reach 90-90-90 HIV and TB targets, and contribute to HIV and TB epidemic control. Using diversified donor funding, the TA Cluster focuses on building local capacity, strengthening health systems and providing innovative solutions to improve HIV and TB patient outcomes in South Africa.

Departments

Integrated Health Systems Strengthening (IHSS)

The IHSS department provides Comprehensive TA for Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) for improved HIV and TB patient outcomes under an award funded through USAID and PEPFAR.

Hybrid Health Systems Strengthening (Hybrid)

The Hybrid department provides District-level TA for Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) for improved HIV and TB patient outcomes under an award through USAID and PEPFAR

Community Based HIV Testing Services (CB-HTS)

The CBCT department implements community-based HIV prevention, HIV testing services and referral and linkage support in high incident communities and priority populations in South Africa. Through funding from diverse funders, USAID/PEPFAR, Global Fund, and KFW, the department provides HIV testing services to people where they live and work.

CDC Projects

The CDC Projects department implements a package of HIV services including priority population prevention services, community-based HIV testing service and is leading an initiative to develop and test scalable below-the-line communication strategies for improved patient adherence and retention.

Strategic Information (TASI)

The TASI department provides technical support and expertise to FPD teams and Department of Health counterparts to strengthening collection, collation, reporting and use of data from routine health information systems and other relevant sources. The aim of the department is to foster a culture of evidence-based decision making from the facility to district management team level.

Epidemiology and Research Unit

The Epi and Research unit is tasked with applying scientific and epidemiologic methods to study, advance, and inform public health programmes and policy development.

Compass Project

The Compass Project is an FPD initiative that assists communities to respond effectively to HIV and AIDS through identification of the need, mapping of service provision and capacity building activities to improve the AIDS response through GIS maps, service directories and 'app-based' products.

Gender-Based Violence Project

This programme is a collaboration between FPD and a number of leading South Africa organizations, namely: the Soul City Institute, Sonke Gender Justice Network and the South African Medical Research Council. The aim is to enhance the role of Thuthuzela Care Centres of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in tackling South Africa’s epidemic of gender-based violence and sexual assault.

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Reading Support Project

The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has been awarded a Literacy Competency Component (LCC) within the Practical Education Research for Optimal Reading and Management (PERFORM) sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in Southern Africa (USAID/SA). This four-year project was launched on 1 November 2016 and it is intended to improve language literacy skills at Foundation Phase level in South Africa’s Limpopo and North West provinces.

This system strengthening project will be implemented in partnership with a number of leading organizations: The Molteno Language Institute (MOLTENO), the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE), Oxford University Press of South Africa (OXFORD SA) and an international partner, Voluntary Services Oversees (VSO). The ultimate aim of this project is to improve Foundation Phase learners’ reading skills in African Home Languages (AHLs) as well as in English as a First Additional Language (EFAL)

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