Charting a Course in 2018
We may only be a week into 2018, but the new year of programming, and how we make strides toward ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in rural southern Africa, has been on GAIA’s mind for months.
It all starts with GAIA staff on the ground in southern Africa. They’ve been evaluating the successes and challenges of the past year, and thinking hard about what we’ll do this year to address them. For example, staff are planning more internal training in Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) management in response to increased need and demand among clients. It’s known that STIs predispose individuals to HIV infection, and GAIA staff are committed to reducing the risk factors of the most vulnerable.
With GAIA’s mission in mind, Country Director Joyce Jere and her team met with the U.S. program (over phone and Skype) to prioritize our interventions and produce a 2018 program budget and scope of work.
This month, the Africa team is holding its annual program planning meetings to finalize a vision to implement that scope of work for greatest efficiency and impact. In close coordination with the U.S. program team, GAIA’s Africa team will work to synchronize activities and timelines with systems of data collection for efficiency and quality reporting.
We’re proud of our model that puts key program decisions in the hands of those who know best how to solve the unique healthcare delivery and disease prevention problems their communities face.
We’re off and running towards our goal of acheiving an AIDS-free future in rural HIV hotspots, and we’re glad to have you with us!
GAIA CEO and President