JSI Europe offers a wide range of services to promote and protect health, including providing high-quality technical assistance, program expertise, and analytical services. The experience and expertise of our staff—in conjunction with the larger JSI family—combined with their dedication to the work, results in unparalleled performance for our clients. The key to JSI’s success is a sincere commitment to the work that we do. Following is an illustrative sample of some of our projects.
HIV and AIDS Programme (ZHAP)
ZHAP works highly effectively with a multi-sectoral approach which addresses education, nutrition, community mobilisation, capacity building, and knowledge management. The project includes the management of a wide-ranging response from civil society, and ZHAP works with a number of NGOs across Zimbabwe to support their community response to the epidemic. ZHAP has worked with the national Hospice Association (HOSPAZ) in designing and disseminating national standards for delivering home-based care to HIV/AIDS patients and working with the Zimbabwe NAC to implement these standards nationally. In addition, ZHAP has worked closely with the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) in strengthening their management and logistical networks across Zimbabwe. Finally the project is embarking on a pilot that will include some of the first public sector delivery of ARVs in Zimbabwe, in conjunction with JSI-US.
UK Government's Department for International Development
(DFID) Resource Centre for Sexual & Reproductive Health
The Resource Centre sourced technical expertise, provided policy development, project cycle management, and enhanced lesson learning and best practice for DFID international teams in over 80 country offices and programmes. In addition, backstopping and instant response help desk services provided a comprehensive 'one stop shop' which enabled DFID to improve the effectiveness of its country-level interventions.
The Resource Centre provided added value services to a range of DFID departments, including Sustainable and Rural Livelihoods; Health and Population; Governance; Social Development; Economics, Education, and Enterprise Development.
Strengthening Health Services in Conflict Areas
Conflict impact in Nepal has been most demanding on the marginalized: women, children, the elderly, and the poor. These populations, with the highest health service needs, have the most difficulty accessing distant health facilities. Generally, most peripheral health facilities in rural hill and mountain areas, particularly the Mid- and Far-Western Regions, were weak prior to the start of the conflict. Imposition of nationwide State of Emergency and subsequent increases in levels of violence and military operations in rural areas further negatively impacted health services. The Strengthening Health Services in Conflict Areas (SHSCA) Project was initiated by the Department for International Development (DFID) during a period of rapid escalation of Nepal's insurgency. During its life, the Project was the only activity directly supplying lifesaving drugs, medical equipment, and related support to all Ministry of Health (MOH) health facilities in 30 of the heaviest-impacted Districts, home to more than 5 million Nepali. The implementation principal was to ensure Project activities did not exacerbate the conflict. By increasing availability of drugs and medical supplies at peripheral health units (SHPs), the Project aimed to meet needs of the most disadvantaged. Project support to aid service resumption/maintenance would contribute to greater confidence in Government services.
Programme Management Workshop
The Romanian Ministry of Health requested JSI to provide a three-day basic training in program management for 30 staff working in their project implementation units of the Global Fund projects (AIDS and TB projects). The programme management cycle was introduced to participants both as a diagram and through a role play. For the remainder of the workshop the participants worked in detail and in sequence on each aspect of the programme management. The facilitators gave a presentation explaining each aspect and then participants were asked to apply each aspect. Actual project examples were used as case studies where possible. Examples from outside the range of current projects were used for the sessions on documentation & sharing lessons and review.
Getting Research Into Policy And Practice (GRIPP)
The GRIPP website, a DFID funded website, was launched at DFID in London in November 2002. The launch was at the ‘Maximising the Impact of DFID funded Health Research’ meeting attended by all of the DFID funded research programmes in health. The GRIPP initiative was a partnership between the Population Council, John Snow International Europe and two of the DFID funded research programmes, Opportunities and Choices and Safe Passages to Adulthood. The web site provides an online database of GRIPP case studies and a web portal via which GRIPP resources could be accessed.
The GRIPP case studies are completed by researchers and document the activities they undertook to maximise the impact of their research. The structure for these case studies evolved from a workshop in Southampton in 2001, and subsequent on-line conference on ‘Bridging research and policy'. Researchers, programme managers and policy makers attended the conference and the organisers had focused on ensuring that a balance between southern and northern voices was achieved. The following were identified as components of the GRIPP process: development of the research question, identification of target audience, interpretation and communication of results, increasing the utilisation of research findings, evaluation of research uptake, facilitating factors, barriers, and reflections.
The Reuse Female Condon Website
The Reuse Female Condom website (at www.reusefemalecondom.org ), managed by JSI Europe in collaboration with the Female Health Company, has been set up to support WHO's programmatic guidelines on reuse. This website supports programme managers in making the decision to support reuse among their clients or not, serving as a platform for discussion of issues related to reuse. The site will aid the dissemination of the WHO guidelines and discussion.
The website has three parts;
The Reuse FC website has played an important role in enabling cross-regional linking, with experiences being shared between programme managers in different regions and countries. Compared to the number of personnel involved in other health-related issues, relatively few work on female condom programmes. The website has therefore proved to be an important resource, linking those working in relative isolation, providing them with a platform to share their experiences and clarify doubts, not only with others doing similar work in other parts of the world, but also with technical experts in the field.
Organisational Review of African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS
Programme (ACHAP) - Botswana
JSI Europe worked closely with ACHAP and carried out a mid term review. This contract related to a workshop to facilitate an organisational restructure to better align ACHAP to the needs of its revised mission, vision and strategic goals. JSI Europe facilitated a three-part organisational restructure workshop with ACHAP core staff over 5 days. The aim of the workshop was to have staff agreement on and ownership of a revised structure, management system and protocols, job descriptions, team and individual workplans.
Mid Term Review of TASO's Strategic Plan for 2003 - 2007
JSI Europe in house capacity provided the team leader who managed a 10 person team and was responsible for the final report. JSI Europe also led the Organisational Development/Management component of the review. TASO aims to build the capacity of Community Based Organisations (CBO) and Non Governmental organisations (NGOs) to enable them provide services to vulnerable people in the community. Capacity building is done through training of counselors for CBOs and NGOs and helping the CBO leadership to improve their management skills through training in project planning and management.
Provision of technical support on HIV/AIDS
JSI Europe will provide technical support for policy development and for the planning and monitoring of DCI and its partner organisations globally. In particular JSI Europe will: provide technical support and input for the development of DCI policies and strategies; participate in reviews of components of the current DCI programme; represent DCI at designated international meetings and make inputs to international policy and strategy development at international forum on behalf of DCI; assist DCI in monitoring its support to global, regional and national programmes; participate in reviews of components of DCI's current programme; assist DCI in monitoring support to current recipients of DCI funding and finally prepare concise reports for DCI after each meeting attended and prepare reports from reviews undertaken.
Coordination of the Business Exchange on AIDS and
Infectious Diseases (BEAD)
Business Exchange on AIDS and Infectious Diseases (BEAD) is a network of businesses, NGOs, academics and public sector entities sharing information on effective responses to diseases such as AIDS, TB and Malaria in the developing world. JSI Europe functioned as the BEAD Secretariat and is a member of the Steering Group, and facilitates discussions between DFID and corporate members of BEAD such as Merck, Shell, De Beers and Booker Tate, to discuss potential areas of collaboration and promote joint public-private initiatives to address infectious diseases in developing countries.