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Friends in Global Health
Helping to strengthen health systems in countries supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Friends in Global Health (FGH) is an affiliate organization of Vanderbilt University currently operating in rural Mozambique. Working in partnership with local government and civil sector organizations, FGH aims to implement health development programs using sustainable strategies with the long-term goal of improving community well-being.
In collaboration with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, FGH has provided HIV-related care to over 140,000 individuals, approximately 70,000 of whom have initiated antiretroviral therapy. The organization provides technical assistance to support the Ministry of Health in the implementation of adult and pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, counseling and testing services, tuberculosis program services and HIV-exposed child services in 10 rural districts within Zambézia Province. This support is provided through the Avante Zambézia project, which is a 5-year program funded through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) via the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FGH has been a PEPFAR implementing partner, supporting HIV care and treatment services in Zambézia province, since 2006.
Additional funding support includes US Agency for International Development (USAID) funding focused on a consortium grant in which FGH is a partner serving as the Monitoring and Evaluation lead; CDC funding to support positive prevention, in which FGH is a partner, and internal Vanderbilt University funding to support collaboration between traditional healers and health facilities as well as to support small income generation projects.
Friends in Global Health focuses specifically on rural areas where limited human resources, poor health care coverage, lack of opportunities, weak infrastructure for economic development and vulnerability to food insecurity provide many additional challenges for program implementation. By employing an integrated and holistic health system strengthening approach, FGH organizes activities around two core principles: 1) directing technical assistance to government health facilities to implement integrated HIV clinical services at the provincial/state level, and 2) developing human capacity.