Blogs, publications, reports and other resources associated with our work in Namibia.
Engela District in northern Namibia is typical of rural areas in that part of the country, characterized by acute poverty, low agricultural production and the myriad challenges presented by HIV and AIDS. To address these complex and varied needs, LIFT is providing a unique kind of support through clinic-to-community referral networks to Elisia, a 40-year-old single mother […]
In Namibia, despite progress made in the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) services, retention in care is a challenge where approximately 50% of clients who enroll in NACS are lost to follow up in addition to a significant number of clients relapsing into clinical treatment after discharge from NACS. […]
In Namibia, LIFT is working in close alignment with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to develop a clinic-to-community referral system that is harmonized with the referral tools and data collection methods currently used by MOHSS. In order to avoid developing a parallel system—and to ease the path for scale up with local […]
This technical process note provides an overview of the situational analysis–the first step in LIFT II’s country- and community-specific program design process. From the national level to the community level, an SA provides a critical understanding of a wide array of interrelated factors—including contextual vulnerabilities, societal gender and cultural norms related to economic strengthening, livelihoods, and food security (ES/L/FS). […]
This technical process note provides an overview of LIFT II’s work in establishing clinic-to-community referral systems. LIFT II connects clients accessing clinical HIV and nutrition services to a continuum of care and support, focusing on links to economic strengthening, livelihood, and food security opportunities that can improve their overall health and social outcomes. The creation of a viable […]
In the process of establishing referral networks, LIFT II conducts highly participatory stakeholder meetings to convey the importance of clinic-to-community referrals and how stronger systematic networks operating as a referral system have clear benefits for both clients and service providers. This story highlights the positive outcomes of the meeting held in Engela, Namibia in February 2014.
In February 2014, LIFT II took a critical step forward toward establishing clinic-to-community referral systems in two communities in the Khomas and Ohangwena Regions of Namibia. Holding two-day dissemination and planning workshops in both of the project’s sites, LIFT II brought together the stakeholders identified through the recent organizational network analyses (ONAs), including government, civil […]
This technical note provides an overview of the organizational network analysis (ONA) process that LIFT II uses to identify and map community services and collect data on existing connections between service providers. The project adapted this methodology, which had previously been used to assess relationships only between health services in urban areas, as the first […]
In October 2013, LIFT II proceeded to test a revised version of the project’s diagnostic tool in the Khomas and Ohangwena districts of Namibia. Based on the team’s experience using the tool in Balaka, the diagnostic tool was streamlined and tailored to facilitate utility in the local context. The report summarizes the results of this […]
Beginning in October 2013, LIFT II conducted an organizational network analysis (ONA) in two communities in the Khomas and Ohangwena regions of Namibia. The ONA mapped the health facilities and ES/L/FS services available in each community, captured critical access information (e.g. eligibility criteria, seasonality, etc.), and documented how NACS clients can effectively be referred to […]