The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Arin Dutta
Primary Language: English
The National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP), a department of the Ministries of Health, Kenya, is considering a major change to the process in which clinical health workers in the public sector are provided training on HIV/AIDS. This involves a new, harmonized HIV curriculum and a related process involving self-learning, placement (off-site face-to-face interaction with mentors), ongoing clinical practice, and ongoing mentoring. NASCOP and the Health Policy Project collaborated to analyze the potential efficiency gains of the harmonized curriculum process over a past practice of uncoordinated off-site trainings and limited mentoring for health workers. The analysis included comparing the cost of different methods to provide ongoing mentoring. Results suggest that the harmonized curriculum process will save significant resources for Kenya, and a district-based mentoring process will be an efficient choice. The brief provides evidence to support the policy change and is also instructive for training discussions in other vertical programs.