Year - 2009 - 2011
Client - United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
The Comprehensive District HIV Programme aimed to consolidate the gains made in the area of 4 'P's at the district level to a more holistic HIV programming, integrating prevention, treatment, protection, care and support. For implementation of Comprehensive District HIV Programme (including Link Worker Scheme - LWS), UNICEF entrusted IPE Global to implement the Link Worker Scheme in the state of Andhra Pradesh with a comprehensive approach.
Since, this was a new initiative, the scheme lacked standardised guidelines, procedures and modules for implementing various components. Agencies across the country implemented the programme with varied levels of understanding and adopted multiple approaches in doing so. It thus became very difficult to evaluate the programme outcomes. This adversely affected measuring the impact of the innovative Link Worker Scheme and prevented its subsequent replication and scale-up across the country.
Considering the absence of specific guidelines and field operation manuals, we conceptualised, designed, pre-tested and implemented standardised implementation instructions, guidelines and manuals. The materials that were developed included various field operations manuals, communication and capacity building tools and strategies, monitoring and evaluation framework and the programme implementation strategy document. A tested programme implementation strategy as well as a robust monitoring and evaluation framework was also developed for implementing the innovative Link Worker Scheme (LWS).
Meticulous planning, sound implementation, robust monitoring & supervision of manuals and guidelines developed to standardise the implementation of LWS were accepted by UNICEF. This initiative influenced the National policy on LWS, supported in revising the LWS guidelines and implementing procedures; helped in setting standards to plan, monitor and evaluate the programme. The standards were also shared with other implementation partners including NACO and SACS.
This engagement provided IPE Global a unique opportunity and position to influence policy at national levels through NACO and at state levels through SACS. Such standards helped national and state governments as well as international agencies to plan, implement and evaluate rural HIV/AIDS programme effectively.
UNICEF appreciated the initiatives taken up by IPE Global and informed that it would like to use the materials, guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures and would share them with NACO, SACS and international audience as best practices to address rural HIV/AIDS through community mobilisation.