CHRC has been integrally involved in HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation training in the Caribbean since 2003. Over that time, approximately 500 health professionals, from Ministries of Health and Civil Society Organizations, involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS from over 20 Caribbean countries have benefited from a number of capacity development activities. These include training workshops, technical support activities and an internship programme. CHRC’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) work was initiated under the Strengthening the Institutional Response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean (SIRHASC) project funded by the European Union. Other funding partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Global Fund have made valuable contributions to this work. Various Caribbean countries have also invested in capacity development activities to strengthen their national M&E systems.
In keeping with the fluid nature of the M&E landscape in the Caribbean and driven by the increase in M&E technical assistance needs, the Goal of the Training Strategy is to facilitate and promote the development of monitoring and evaluation knowledge, skills and competence of the personnel who develop and deliver HIV programmes leading to health systems strengthening in the Caribbean.
The strategy covers the types and levels of M&E training that will be delivered to stakeholders throughout the health sector as CHRC seeks to create a pool of well trained, competent individuals who can contribute meaningfully to the generation, interpretation and application of strategic information to make evidence informed decisions.
CHRC will lead the implementation of this strategy and will be supported by partner agencies that share its goals. Key partners include senior and technical staff of Ministries of Health; National AIDS Programme staff, staff of partner agencies such as UNAIDS, Caribbean HIV Alliance and Caribbean Regional HIV Training Network (CHART).
The M&E Training Strategy is couched within the context of HIV/AIDS information needs, but explicitly incorporates capacity development of personnel working in all areas of the HIV response. The Strategy outlines the plan for a five-year M&E training programme to be led by the CHRC and is based on developing a package of services consisting of different elements that build on and complement each another. For example, the CHRC will focus on training workshops and providing technical support/mentorship, but appreciates the importance of engaging tertiary level training institutions to incorporate M&E courses in existing health sciences programmes and develop Degree programmes in M&E.
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