South Africa and Uganda
Coordinating, facilitating and providing technical assistance, stakeholder engagement and capacity-building [along with K4Health]
- Uganda Faster to Zero Situational Analysis
- Press Release
Faster to Zero is a 2-year initiative established through a public-private partnership between the United States’ Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and Johnson and Johnson (J&J). The goal of the project is to increase the impact of digital health solutions for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV through an integrated digital health system and approach. The services under Faster to Zero are intended to be designed for and delivered at the facility and district level, with the potential to scale-up at a national level after the two years.
Faster to Zero uses proven digital health tools to strengthen programmes to identify HIV-positive pregnant women, start treatment for those who test positive, and ensure their babies test HIV-negative at age one. By using real numbers to guide treatment, rather than estimates, data from these digital health tools will ensure women are receiving the right services at the right time — altogether helping the most at-risk populations become AIDS-free faster.
Faster to Zero aims to bring together the necessary partners and experts – from promising digital health tools to funders and governments – to sustain these efforts in the long run and ensure this continuum of care can truly make that AIDS-free generation a reality.
South Africa National Department of Health (NDOH), K4Health, EGPAF, PEPFAR/USAID, Johnson & Johnson
In South Africa, we are working closely with the South Africa NDOH and partners to:
- Plan for EMTCT through digital health
- Scale digital health tools across the care cascade
- Establish dashboards and interoperability for decision-making
- Train on the platforms and dashboards
- Foster and support the development of national expert networks for digital health technology
- Promote organizational capacity for sustained digital health implementation
In Uganda, we have partnered with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Uganda country office to:
- Conduct a technology analysis, formative research, and desk reviews on technical infrastructure, interventions, and mobile phone ownership and use in SW Uganda
- Develop a digital health strategy, plan, and architecture targeted at EMTCT, prioritizing tools for implementation in USAID RHITES-SW Project (led by EGPAF) facilities
- Develop a data monitoring and use plan and enhance dashboards to facilitate active use of data to reduce LTFU
- Assess and build capacity of EGPAF to design, implement, and evaluate digital health solutions with key technology partners that are in line with MOH standards and priorities
- Conduct rigorous monitoring and evaluation of EGPAF Uganda and Faster to Zero prioritized digital health interventions