Note: As of August 2012, I-TECH has concluded its work in uganda.
Integrated Infectious Diseases Capacity-Building Evaluation
I-TECH is a partner on Accordia Global Health Foundation's three-year (2008-2011) Integrated Infectious Diseases Capacity-Building Evaluation (IDCAP). IDCAP aims to estimate the cost-effectiveness of two sets of activities to build capacity for care and prevention of infectious diseases among mid-level practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa. First, two clinicians from 36 health centers throughout Uganda attended an Integrated Management of Infectious Diseases training program. Then, through the staggered introduction of onsite support for multidisciplinary teams at the health centers, IDCAP evaluated its impact on clinic performance, and measured the incremental cost and impact of onsite support relative to the training program. The activities focused on HIV, malaria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and related infectious diseases. Other partners are the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) of Makerere University, University Research Company, LLC, and the South African Center for Epidemiological Modeling and Analysis. More information on the evaluation, including a link to an executive summary, is available on Accordia's IDCAP-dedicated web page.
Joint Uganda Malaria Training Program
I-TECH collaborated on the Joint Uganda Malaria Training Program (JUMP) with Accordia Global Health Foundation, the Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere University, and the Infectious Disease Research Collaboration (formerly the Makerere University-University of California, San Francisco). JUMP developed a six-day, team-based course on Integrated Malaria Management for clinical, laboratory and records professionals and evaluated its impact with three measures:
(1) surveillance data from nine of the Ministry of Health sites for the Uganda Malaria Surveillance Program,
(2) laboratory quality assurance data, and
(3) observation of clinical and laboratory skills.
For results of JUMP, please see Ssekabira et al. (2008) on the I-TECH Publications and Presentations page.