The Global Fund’s Framework Contract for Programmatic Quality Assurance and Improvement (PQAI) Approach
The Global Fund (GF) made one of a dozen awards to the regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TS Hub for ECCA), a Ukrainian NGO, with IDEAS as subcontractor. The Global Fund anticipates competitively awarding more than 20 task orders per year for the next two years in four areas:
1. Health facility assessment (HFA) implementation and management;
2. In-depth assessment and analysis focused on improving site-level quality of care;
3. Data quality review (DQR), often likely to be combined with an HFA;
4. Special studies, primarily for GF-funded services that are not based in health facilities.
The GF aims to achieve three objectives with its PQAI Approach:
1. To assist health systems to measure the of quality of care and of data;
2. To assist in building local capacity to conduct quality HFAs and data analysis;
3. To support the use of data from HFAs and other sources to develop costed action plans.
HFAs and HFA/DQRs will likely comprise the vast majority of the work under the framework contract, and will generally be implemented in two phases. During Phase 1, a country team leader and a statistician will work with national partners to design, develop and negotiate a nationally representative sample and a detailed costed plan for the survey. Once The GF has approved the costed survey plan, the country team leader will return for Phase 2, to oversee the implementation of the survey and conduct a verification sample of survey sites; to support data cleaning, analysis and report writing; and to develop a detailed costed action plan to reduce and/or mitigate any weaknesses identified through the survey.
Since 2007, IDEAS staff members have served as consultants and team leaders for the US Government’s Grant Management Solutions (GMS) Project, designed to provide urgent short-term technical support to countries that experience difficulty in managing grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. IDEAS assists Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) and Principal Recipients (PRs) to strengthen governance and leadership, financial and grants management, and monitoring and evaluation.
- IDEAS has carried out GMS assignments in twenty three countries, most recently as either leaders or members of technical assistance teams in three countries countries. In Nigeria, an IDEAS consultant served as team leader on a Procurement and Supply Management assignment that worked with the National Malaria Elimination Program and the Society for Family Health, both principal recipients receiving funds to reduce malaria under the Global Fund New Funding Model. As a result of this funding, malaria commodities will continue to be available across the country.
- In Bangladesh an IDEAS staff was part of the team working with the CCM to strengthen its oversight capabilities. The ‘grant dashboard’ reporting mechanism was introduced.
- In Angola a four- person technical assistance team under the leadership of an IDEAS staff conducted an Eligibility and Performance Assessment (EPA) of the Angolan Country Coordinating Mechanism (MCN) and assisted with the development and follow-up of a Project Implementation Plan (PIP).
Tanzania–Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets (ITN) Supply Chain
In February 2015, IDEAS was contracted by Futures Group, through its Health Policy Project (HPP) to conduct a situational analysis of factors that must be considered in designing an ITN distribution through public sector antenatal care (ANC) clinics.
The role that Japan’s overseas development assistance has played in the global health, in a chapter authored by Christine Pilcavage in the recently published book, Asia’s Role in Governing Global Health
The practices of leading and managing that underlie successful change in foreign assistance programs, in a USAID e-Learning course authored by Ann Buxbaum