LIFT II’s approach to strengthening the continuum of care for people living with HIV and AIDS and other vulnerable households involves collaborating with a number of stakeholders including donors, governments, health clinics, providers of ES/L/FS services, providers of health and nutrition services, networks and the community as a whole. LIFT II’s use of the Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support (NACS) as an entry point extends our collaboration both in the home office and in the field with two of USAID’s Office of HIV and AIDS (OHA) primary projects for nutrition technical assistance for HIV and AIDS programming:
The overall objective of USAID ASSIST is to foster improvements in a range of health care processes through the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries. The project’s central purpose is to build the capacity of host country systems to improvement the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the services they provide. In addition to supporting the implementation of improvement strategies, the project seeks to generate new knowledge to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of applying improvement methods in low- and middle-income countries. Field activities of ASSIST build on the work of the USAID Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project.
FANTA aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable groups through technical support in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition in development and emergency contexts, HIV and other infectious diseases, food security and livelihood strengthening, agriculture and nutrition linkages, and emergency assistance in nutrition crises. FANTA develops and adapts approaches to support the design and implementation of country-level programs, while building on field experience to improve and expand the evidence base, methods, and global standards for nutrition and food security programming. FANTA is currently in its third iteration (FANTA-3), and the project is managed by FHI 360.
Additionally, LIFT II works with the global health monitoring and evaluation project MEASURE Evaluation (MEASURE). These partnerships/collaborations will form an essential component to successfully leveraging LIFT II’s and others’ efforts and resources, something that the project feels is integral to our program success.
Developing sustainable livelihood and economic strengthening interventions will require improved dialogue, coordination, and partnership among these different actors, as well as building better linkages with other development sectors. LIFT II would like to highlight some of the primary organizations with which we coordinate our programming at both a country and global level.