BRIDGE II is a five-year HIV prevention programme which aims to promote behaviour change and increase HIV preventive behaviour among the adult population in Malawi.
Malawi has a generalised HIV epidemic with an estimated adult prevalence of 11%. Therefore preventing new infections is of paramount importance. The programme is implemented by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in partnership with Save the Children Federation (SC), Pact Malawi and the Alliance as well as five local partners.
The Alliance’s role within the project is to supply technical support to improve community based referrals to health and HIV services. We work to strengthen the linkages between health services and communities to increase up-take, referrals and follow on of services and to encourage individuals to seek these out.
Key to the success of the model is the emphasis on person-to-person referral in the community rather than a purely paper based exercise driven by health service providers. This is an excellent example of the Alliance’s approach to community systems strengthening which is outlined in our research paper ‘Understanding the linkages between informal and formal care for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa’. If you are interested in reading this document please email Gitau Mburu.
To date the Alliance has:
Currently the Alliance’s work focuses on building the sustainability of the referrals programme, and documenting this in order to advocate for wider adoption of BRIDGE II’s models by USAID and the Ministry of Health. We will also support the piloting of a mobile phone referral programme in one district.
You can read more about BRIDGE II here.
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