Caryl Feldacker

Caryl Feldacker, PhD, MPH, is co-PI on the International Training and Education Center for Health’s (I-TECH) integrated voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program in Zimbabwe and PI for an NIH R21 testing the safety of two-way text-based follow-up for VMMC, also in Zimbabwe. Dr. Feldacker has over 18 years of international experience focused on ensuring quality public health programming in sub-Saharan Africa, including more than 7 years conducting implementation science research.

Currently, Dr. Feldacker’s work helps understand trends in adverse events (AEs), improve program quality to ensure patient safety, assess benefits and risks of performance-based financing, and strengthen data quality for accurate and timely reporting. Previously, as I-TECH seconded staff, Dr. Feldacker provided technical assistance to expand the capacity of the Lighthouse Trust (Malawi’s largest public antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinic) to build robust and sustainable systems for the collection of strategic information. She guided the design, development, and pilot of a point-of-care, electronic data system to integrate ART and TB patient management in partnership with the Malawi MoH and National TB program.

Her broad implementation and research experience includes closing HIV service delivery gaps in Malawi; task shifting of healthcare workers in Mozambique; efforts to reduce VMMC-related AEs in Zimbabwe; strengthening integration of family planning into HIV-related care; and exploring spatial relationships of HIV-related behaviors in Malawi.

Program Highlights

Achieving Targets through Performance-Based Financing in Zimbabwe

ZAZIC employs an innovative performance-based financing (PBF) system to speed progress towards ambitious voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) targets. The ...
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Driving Collaboration with Local Implementation Partners in Zimbabwe

I-TECH builds local ownership and sustainability through collaborations throughout Zimbabwe. Under the CDC and PEPFAR awards, I-TECH has formed and ...
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Ensuring High-Quality Service Provision in Zimbabwe

Describing Adverse Events within VMMC Programs at Scale I-TECH works diligently to review and revise procedures to identify, manage, and ...
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Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Zimbabwe

Since 2013, a coordinated effort aimed at integrating the VMMC approach has relied on several partners brought together by the ...
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Two-Way Texting for Post-Operative VMMC Follow-Up RCT in Zimbabwe

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is considered safe and the vast majority of men heal without complication. However, guidelines require ...
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