The Clinic-Community Collaboration Toolkit: Working together to improve PMTCT and paediatric HIV treatment, care and support
PATA and PACF have worked across nine countries and strengthened 36 community-clinic collaborations on the three-year Clinic-CBO Collaboration (C3) programme. Together, PATA and PACF have identified how transformative collaboration at a local level between community-based organisations (CBOs) and clinics can be to the health response. Thus PATA and PACF have developed a Clinic-Community Collaboration Toolkit and accompanying Be Connected e-learning course informed by the C3 programme’s successes and lessons learnt.
Through these new tools, we hope to continue empowering and capacity-building health providers, community-based staff and local coordinators to initiate, expand and improve upon joint activities and action plans to strengthen paediatric case finding and treatment access and reduce mother-to-child transmission (MTCT).
“Small improvements in hundreds or even thousands of clinic-community collaborations can lead to improvements in the quality of care and the health and well-being of children living with HIV. This in turn can contribute to our global targets to end MTCT and paediatric HIV by 2020, strengthen paediatric HIV case finding and improve access to treatment.”
– Luann Hatane, Executive Director of PATA.
The Be Connected e-learning course
The Be Connected e-learning course aims to further scale the results of collaboration by providing a practical ‘how to’ application in the methodology of working together that is centred on cooperation, joint planning and structured partnership.
While the course is based on lessons from C3, which aimed to strengthen linkage and retention along the PMTCT and paediatric treatment cascade, its intention is to be applicable to all target populations and service areas. The course provides transferable building blocks for cooperative planning, implementation and monitoring of community engagement strategies and activities. The course has also integrated lessons and contributions from key stakeholder projects.