Youth leadership and Empowerment in the Caribbean and Latin America
Dance4Life (D4L) Barbados. AIDInc are the founders and concept owners of the Youth Development and Leadership Programme. D4L uses novel youth-led schools an community based approaches to support existing youth development action plans to tackle HIV & AIDS and other development issues in the Caribbean. D4L has delivered successful outcomes in Barbados and has expanded its reach to Belize and Guyana and beyond - sharing and adapting an emerging successful and innovative evidence informed youth empowerment model.
Reducing stigma and discrimination in the Caribbean in response to HIV
AIDInc successfully implemented a first of its kind 3 -year DfID Contract to combat Stigma & Discrimination in the Caribbean Region. This project was deemed high risk and first ever to adopt a regional human rights evidence-based approach to reducing stigma and discrimination in all forms towards vulnerable and marginalized groups. At the same-time I order to achieve the desired project milestones ad outcomes, the project established and piloted a tripartite oversight and supportive ecosystem structure for fostering implementation and long-term sustainability, in the form of a regional stigma and discrimination unit (PANCAP-RSDU) situated in Barbados and coordinated through the HIV technical unit (PANCAP) of the CARICOM Government - in Guyana.
Not withstanding several obstacles and bottlenecks, at project end, 3.5 years later, significant capacity and voice was built among civil society, in particular, marginalised communities - empowering them to meaningfully lead national anti - stigma and human rights initiatives, underpinned by strong horizontal and vertical partnerships, i.e. with National AIDS programmes faith leaders, media and youth organisations. Beyond the project, a number of resources and tools are available, adapted and used by community groups to continue to target and empower vulnerable groups and reduce human rights violations enacted towards them.
Civil Society Empowerment and Human Rights in LAC region
AIDInc has implemented an evidence-based, community led pilot project that has empowered and built skills of rural Amerindian girls and their parents and key community gatekeepers in the interior hard-to-reach regions of Guyana to tackle violence against women and human trafficking.
The World Bank - Health Systems Strengthening in Belize
Since 2015, AIDInc has been commissioned by the World Bank and Government of Belize to conduct an Assessment of the National Health Insurance Pay for Performance (P4P) programme and deliver policy recommendations for sustainability and national scalability. The initiative is being co-led by team Leader Roger England, health systems expert and director of Health Systems Workshop (HSW) Sarah Adomakoh, AIDInc UK principal consultant and executive director is leading the technical support to identify and address health information system gaps, structural issues and pitfalls in collection and monitoring processes, in order to improve overall tracking and evaluation of outcomes.
Ford Foundation Global HIV initiative
The overall goal of this mission is to directly contribute to the achievement of the FF internal and external goals of their Global HIV initiative (GHI) through harmonizing approaches and building capacity within their M&E functions. Using participatory approaches, in consultation with internal and external stakeholders (global sub grantees), AIDInc is also developing a streamlined, user friendly outcomes tracking system to measure progress of Ford towards meeting its internal and external objectives. That will also be effective in support grantees in the development of best practice outcome models. In addition to technical support, AIDInc lends financial support by fundraising, and undertake institutional strengthening of our sister Charity. AIDInc contributes to programmes and projects that are insufficiently funded and require counterpart funding, technical advice and sustainability planning.
International Labour Organisation (ILO)/ US Department of Labour ( USDoL) Workplace Education Programme – Workplace Impact Survey & Formative Assessment.
AIDInc were lead consultants in the, baseline assessment and the design of the Barbados WEP through formative assessments, including focus groups, in depth interviews, data analysis, report preparation and feedback. Participatory approaches used throughout ensuring inclusion of target group in the all aspects of process and to support core capacity building goals of AIDInc.
We also continue to support the roll out in other countries in the region through sharing of best practices approaches and active contribution to training programmes
Final evaluation of the impact of the 2-year programme across the 12 enterprises exposed to this novel multi faceted BCC programme in Barbados. Survey adaptation, data collection, data management, data analysis and report preparation and feedback.
Consortium partner with International HIV/AIDS Alliance with responsibility of managing Barbados inception phase outputs. The project aims to support active private sector involvement in the development of health and wellness promotion strategies for the private sector and NGO/CBOs in the Caribbean, initially in the Hotel & Tourism Sector in Jamaica and Barbados, working in partnership with PLHIV and other vulnerable groups. Responsibilities included: technical planning; development of visual communication and marketing; events coordination; technical assistance to private sector and vulnerable group NGO stakeholders in the development of evidence based BCC sub projects demonstrating responsible tourism and effective partnerships. Key outputs include development of 34 sub-projects targeting approximately 4400 formal hotel workers in and a minimum of 2000 members of informal workers (taxi drivers, vendors) and vulnerable populations (MSM, Sex workers, PLHIV, Youth,) through various BCC activities.
Joint plenary speech highlighting the current social and economic impact of HIV and AIDS and programme and policy considerations for the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) delivered by Sarah Adomakoh of AIDInc
Department for International Development (DFID) – Accelerating the Private Sector Response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Implementation Phase
Implementation partner with International HIV/AIDS Alliance with responsibility of managing Barbados inception phase outputs and supporting the roll out in Jamaica. Technical support of the implementation of 34 sub projects designed in the inception phase with a view to developing models of best practice to be scaled up across other sectors and throughout the region
During this project, Hotel managers and CEOs issued first ever first Pledge and commitment to reduce vulnerabilities to HIV and AIDS in their local communities and Tourism environment. Together they partners with community NGOs and health care workers and produced, campaign materials, policy and programming tools and action. by 2009 several workplaces were involved in taking action. Partners came together and renewed their pledge of commitment towards HIV prevention and mitigation for the longer term, beyond the project phase.
Our stigma videos shaped by community-led research and championed by the tourism private sector
Read the CSR toolkit for the development of a workplace anti-stigma health and wellness workplace and community strategy by Sarah Adomakoh
DFID - A Caribbean Sub Regional Assessment on Sex Work & HIV - Policy and Programme considerations.
A regional review of sex work and HIV in the Caribbean. Funded by DFID and HGTZ. AIDInc Principal, Sarah Adomakoh undertook a review of the legislative framework on sex work, sex worker demographics, entry into sex work, barriers to exiting sex work, issues of stigma, discrimination, socio-economics needs of sex workers and their families and barriers in access to needed services, and breaches of a number of their human rights across the Caribbean. The resulting paper was used by AIDInc and DFID to convene planning discussions, to drive accountability of policy makers and to inform dialogue and decision-making at the HTWG/DFID Regional Policy Forum for HIV and sex work in LAC region .
DFID – Events Coordination.
In collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership on AIDS of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM - PANCAP), coordinated and led a sub regional delegation in the Horizontal Technical Working Group (HTWG)/DFID consultation, 2007, which ratified a set of priority next steps for sex work and HIV in the Caribbean.
DFID – Events Coordination.
Regional meeting on the stigma and HIV, 2006. and consultants responsible for developing the technical focus for the 2004 high level conference eon HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in the Eastern Caribbean- Champions for Change.
DFID Events Coordination– Accelerating the Private Sector Response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Inception Phase – High Level Sustainable Tourism Conference.
Events coordination; technical planning; coordination and implementation including development of visual communication and marketing to all stakeholders including high level tourism executives. Event resulted in the buy-in of 2 large hotel chains with over 1000 hotel staff.
ILO/USDoL Workplace Education Programme
Training trainers on using and adapting the ILO/FHI Behaviour Change Communication Toolkit for the workplace, 2007 - Adaptation and implementation of 4-day Training of Trainers workshop in the use of the ILO/FHI BCC Toolkit for the workplace. Involved design and development of workshop materials including PowerPoint presentations, leaflets, charts and handouts.
ILO/USDoL Workplace Education Programme, National BCC Consultant, Peer Education Programme (Manual Design, Training and Implementation), 2006/7.
Design, development and testing of tailored Peer Educators Manual for the training of peer educators and resource tool for peer educators in the workplace. Development and co-execution of three, 3-day Peer education workshop for over 60 peer educators in the ILO/USDoL programme. Ongoing in-field support for peer educators in the workplace to ensure that peer education programme is truly a Behaviour Change Intervention - dynamic and responsive to the changing needs or workforce and to ensure daily tracking for M&E of peer educator activities.
National HIV/AIDS Commission (NHAC), Barbados – Barbados Men’s Lifestyle Survey, 2006/7
Community based project aimed involving the design and execution of the first extensive national lifestyle survey (using quantitative and qualitative methods) for males (the Great male Survey and discussion forum) to inform health and social services planning and programming. The survey targets a representative sample of self-identified MSM (men who have sex with men) in addition to self-identified heterosexual males. Novel BCC approaches used to promote survey and gain stakeholder buy-in across various socioeconomic strata, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations. Public relations campaign component raise national awareness about the survey, the importance of participation, and to promote healthy lifestyles in males. Current initiating collaborating with the regional “man initiative” project
National HIV/AIDS Commission (NHAC), Barbados – - summative Evaluation of the World cup Cricket BCC campaign.
ILO/USDoL Workplace Education Programme, National BCC Consultant, BCC Materials Development - 2006. Health Communication for HIV prevention in the Workforce. Development of six tailored sector-specific materials for 3 sectors (Banking & Finance, Hotel & Tourism, and Manufacturing) using participatory approaches in which the target group themselves were consulted through focus groups to design evidence based (using formative assessment and workforce impact findings) slogans, channels and materials appropriate for their workplaces. Conducted focus groups and in-depth interviews; analysed data; and undertook pre-testing, in order develop BCC materials.
US Caribbean Ambassadors Fund, Health promotion for hard to reach populations – The Informal Workers HIV/AIDS Peer Education Project.
HIV/AIDS Education/ BCC in the informal Tourism Sector, pilot with taxi and minibus drivers. Education of over 500 individuals in these groups through a peer education approach which trains Taxi drivers, community bus drivers and fishermen to act as information sources and champions for tourist and their local communities. Development of BCC based health promotion materials including posters, aprons for fisher folk, key chains, dominoes etc. Targeting the informal sector to design and develop novel BCC strategies using theatre production and related approached through working with actors and newsmen, presenters, etc including peer education, policy dissemination, condom distribution and partner reduction. See Update.
National HIV AIDS Commission & barbados Government - Supporting the development and Implementation (roll out and buy-in strategies) of National HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation System
Implementation of a Multisectoral National M&E system. Design of M&E system and development of a database. Training community organisations, NGOs, Ministries to streamline the execution of M&E strategies with HIV programme implementation. Developing and executing implementation and roll-out strategies. Community consultations; Programme evaluation; Strategic information system design; Development of public relation communication strategies for roll out of a new system; Implementation of monitoring and evaluation structures for all aspects of national HIV/AIDS programmes including monitoring of public communication strategies.
Global Fund, PWC - Assessment of M&E Principal Recipient M&E structures on behalf of Global Fund Suriname, 2005 – present.
In collaboration with PWC, providing LFA services in Suriname; specialist health inputs to the assessment of the Global Fund Principal Recipients (PRs) with particular emphasis on work planning, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Evaluation of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems through programme evaluation and community consultations.
UN Women - Mainstreaming Gender into HIV/AIDS Programmes
Consultants for the development of regional manual/toolkit to mainstream gender into HIV/AIDS Programmes. This also included the pilot of the manual and initiation of master training workshops.
HIV/AIDS Strategic Planning
Undertaking the situational assessment and developing an evidence based profile of recommended strategies for the National HIV/AIDS Strategic plan for Barbados 2007 to 2012, Costing the plan and developing the M&E framework.
HIV/AIDS Services provision Assessment in the OECS (HSPA Caribbean) in collaboration with MEASURE EVALUATION/USAID.
WHO disease control priorities in Developing Countries Project - Chapter research and submission
Review, assessment and development of a standardized hospital costing methodology in the Eastern Caribbean (PAHO)
Development, pilot and training in the use of a hospital costing Model software (HCM) General Hospital, Grenada, QEH Barbados (PAHO).
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Costing study and development of a revised fee schedule, Barbados, 2004 (PAHO).
Development of baseline unit costs of surgical interventions at the QEH, Barbados (PAHO).
Dialysis in Barbados: the cost of haemodialysis provision at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Pre-programme development Technical Assistance to the Government of Anguilla – Economic consultancy on the costing of Hospital services, Anguilla, (PAHO/DFID).
Concept paper - Considerations for National Health Insurance in small Caribbean Island (PAHO)
National Health Insurance Assessment in Anguilla (PAHO/DFID).
The Development of an Appropriate and Equitable User Fee structure for the Anguilla Health Authority, 2003 (PAHO/DFID).
AIDInc Internship Programme:
AIDInc has a growing internship programme aimed at strengthening the public health skills base among young local and regional scientists. We work closely with a number of other agencies such as PAHO and government of Barbados on various projects sharing interns to expose them to a broad range of skills sets and experiences. In addition AIDInc provides a fund for internship training and hence take on approximately 5 short term interns a year and 1 to 2 long term interns.