Faster to Zero

Location:
South Africa and Uganda

Our Role:
Coordinating, facilitating and providing technical assistance, stakeholder engagement and capacity-building [along with K4Health]

Resources:
  • 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.

Partners

South Africa National Department of Health (NDOH), K4Health, EGPAF, PEPFAR/USAID, Johnson & Johnson

Activities

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

More Projects

Projects we are currently working on include:

Global Digital Health Index launch

Global

A global group of leaders at the World Health Assembly today launched the Global Digital Health Index (GDHI), an interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors, and evaluates the use of digital technology for health across countries. The GDHI will empower health ministries, funders, policy makers, and industry players to make informed strategic decisions as they build sustainable digital health solutions at scale

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The Global Digital Health Index

Global

An interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors and evaluates, and scores the effective use of digital technology for health across WHO Member States.

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Faster to Zero

South Africa and Uganda

The goal of the project is to increase the impact of digital health solutions for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an integrated digital health system and approach.

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Unfinished Business

South Africa

The Unfinished Business initiative was established to ensure that 90% of children living with HIV, TB and malnutrition are identified early and linked to the treatment, care and support that they need.

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MomConnect

South Africa

MomConnect is a South Africa National Department of Health (NDOH) initiative that provides tailored information to pregnant women and new mothers about pregnancy, birth and care of an infant.

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Some of the initiatives that we have previously worked on include:

AIDS-free Generation

South Africa

UNICEF South Africa commissioned HealthEnabled to investigate current digital health initiatives targeting sexual and reproductive health among youth and identify opportunities to better engage with that population, providing information and resources that promote healthy behaviors.

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UNCoLSC

Global, with a focus on Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

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ICT for Child Protection Case Management in Emergencies

Global, with fieldwork in Kenya and South Sudan

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mothers2mothers

Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

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EGPAF, Tanzania

Tanzania

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

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