Notes from the Field

Check back regularly for updates from the LIFT II team!

April 22, 2016  | Zambia  | Jacqueline Bass, LIFT II Project Director; Cheryl Tam, LIFT II Knowledge Management Officer

Hildah’s story: Prospects for a brighter future

“Because of my savings and loans group I feel more secure” Meet Hildah Muyokoma. Hildah is a mother of three living in the rural area of Nkumbi in Mkushi District, Zambia. While Mkushi District is known as a hub for agricultural industry, Hildah aspired to one day start her own business frying up fresh vitumbuwa […]

April 20, 2016  | Tanzania  | Meredith Cann, LIFT II Program Officer; Zach Andersson, LIFT II M&E Specialist

Kicking off QI in Tanzania

Quality improvement (QI) is a formal approach to analyze and assess system performance through a continuous and collective process of reviewing the current state of a system, identifying weak points, setting realistic and time-bound aims for improvement, and adopting a set of changes to help bring about improvement. LIFT is incorporating QI concepts from the […]

April 8, 2016  | Tanzania  | Meredith Cann, LIFT II Program Officer

Learning from LIFT’s experience in Iringa, Tanzania

LIFT has begun a new activity to evaluate the effects and sustainability of the referral networks in the Iringa Region of Tanzania. Building off of the team’s experience conducting the Malawi referral network assessment in the summer of 2015, LIFT is currently implementing similar evaluation tools, focused on assessing both client and the referral network member experiences […]

January 22, 2016  | Tanzania  | Clinton Sears, LIFT II Technical Director

Equipping partners with skills to combat HIV – one data point at a time

On a sunny Wednesday in November, staff from the PEPFAR-funded LIFT II project met with a team from Afya Women Group (AWG) to review progress in managing the local referral networks. Several data management needs arose as the networks became more established and served increasing numbers of clients. Using a participatory approach, LIFT II helped […]

January 15, 2016  | Lesotho  | Zach Andersson, LIFT II M&E Specialist

Updates from Lesotho: Preparing for transition

Drawing upon lessons learned from referral operations in Lilongwe and Kasungu, Malawi, the LIFT II team has contracted local partners at two separate sites in Lesotho to implement similar systems connecting people living with HIV (PLHIV) at health facilities to village savings and loan associations (VSLA). This approach expedites the referral process for clients and […]

December 30, 2015  | Global  | Jacqueline Bass, LIFT II Project Director

LIFT II’s 2015 Year in Review

As 2015 draws to the close, it is worth taking a few moments to reflect on where we have come as a project. Over the course of this year, LIFT II has been able to work with health facilities across six countries in Southern Africa to step outside their clinic and hospital walls and partner […]

December 11, 2015  | Tanzania  | Clinton Sears, LIFT II Technical Director; Meredith Cann, LIFT II Program Officer

Taking stock in Tanzania

With three referral network sites in Tanzania fully operational, recent activities in country have been focused on training, capacity upgrading and supporting the development of the new quality improvement (QI) work in Mbeya. To improve the way in which LIFT II can collect, analyze and compare referral data, tools are periodically updated to make the […]

November 27, 2015  | Zambia  | Samuel Mayinoti, LIFT II Regional Technical Specialist; Meredith Cann, LIFT II Program Officer

Zambia update: Moving ahead in Mkushi, piloting economic strengthening fairs in Kitwe

With three years’ experience in providing technical assistance around the establishment of referral systems, the LIFT II team has become well-versed in its efforts to effectively train and build capacity for its referral network members, volunteers and stakeholders. In the most recent trip to Zambia, LIFT II engaged multiple groups of stakeholders and referral network […]

November 13, 2015  | Zambia  | Carlo Abuyuan, LIFT II Leland Fellow

Meet Carlo: Reflections from Zambia

Hello! My name is Carlo Abuyuan, and I am a member of the 8th class of Leland International Hunger Fellows serving as a member of the LIFT II project team from 2015-2017. The fellowship is a unique two-year program designed to link field experience to policy. I will spend my first year in the field […]

November 6, 2015  | Chicago, IL  | Cheryl Tam, LIFT II Knowledge Management Officer

LIFT II at the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition 2015

This past week in Chicago, IL, the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition brought together more than 12,000 participants to network, educate, and share experiences around the theme, “Health in All Policies.” Over the course of five days from October 31 – November 4, 2015, the conference included 1,000+ sessions featuring public health […]