Category Archives: Health

Improving community health care systems in South Sudan

Aid Works has been chosen to design South Sudan’s community health care monitoring system. The Ministry of Health has an ambitious plan to roll out the ‘Boma Health Initiative’ which aims to bring health care services to every village in South Sudan over the next five years. Continue reading

Improving global health interventions

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added Aid Works to its roster of independent evaluators. This means that Aid Works can be called upon to provide thematic, strategic and impact level evaluations for WHO’s emergency responses, country offices and various frameworks and strategies.

Aid Works provides many organizations across the globe with tailored, independent evaluations, leading to improved project implementation – and therefore better outcomes for the affected populations. Being on the roster gives us the opportunity to improve WHO’s global impact and emergency responses. Our aim: to make aid work better. Together.

Using monitoring, evaluation and learning in the fight against AIDS

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a complex not-for-profit organisation that focuses on the development of an AIDS vaccine and other biomedical tools. To measure the progress of its new five-year Strategic Plan, IAVI contracted Aid Works to develop an organisation-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L) system. Continue reading

Ensuring communities are better prepared for climate change shocks

Climate change is affecting all of us, but especially those in the poorest of nations. Aid Works has recently been chosen to conduct the final evaluation of the DFID-funded Building Resilience in Chad and Sudan (BRICS) project. BRICS is part of a three-year, £140m global resilience programme known as BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). Continue reading

Ensuring better supplies for essential services

Aid Works has recently been chosen by UNICEF to conduct a supply chain assessment of health, nutrition and education commodities in South Sudan, in conjunction with Health Research for Action. South Sudan has some of the worse health and education indicators in the world, and it’s therefore essential that development partners ensure that health workers and teachers have the right resources, at the right time, to do their jobs. Continue reading

Implementing integrated health projects in Sierra Leone

Aid Works recently completed the final evaluation of GOAL’s Integrated Health project in Sierra Leone, funded by Irish Aid and the European Union. This is one of the first evaluations reviewing development-orientated activities in Sierra Leone, since the end of the Ebola crisis. Continue reading

Reviewing DFID’s Integrated Community Case Management programme in South Sudan

Listen to this short podcast summarising our annual review of the DFID Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) programme in South Sudan. ICCM is a health strategy which utilises a massive network of community workers.  Find out:

  • What the programme aims to do
  • What it’s achieved in the last year
  • How to find out more about DFID’s work

How to clear a space for strategy and planning

SPWT Strategy WorkshopAs part of our commitment towards helping aid organisations work more effectively, we run a pro-bono workshop for one organisation every year. This year, we facilitated a strategic planning workshop for UK registered charity Sircer Pasha Welfare Trust (SPWT). SPWT cares for the poor in rural village areas of Bangladesh, reaching over 230,000 patients through their medical health centre and mobile health clinics since 2005, with over 70% of those attending living in extreme poverty. Continue reading

Evaluating DFID’s Ebola Emergency Response Fund in Sierra Leone

Free From EbolaAid Works recently evaluated DFID‘s Ebola Emergency Response Fund in Sierra Leone, as managed by GOAL. This effective and responsive fund filled critical gaps in the response at the height of the Ebola crisis. It provided patient facilities, training for health care workers, ambulances and food/non-food items for households under quarantine. To find out more about the fund, read our report or – if you’re short of time – listen to our podcast.

A mindfulness session for stressed aid workers

Stress ©madstreetzAid work is stressful at the best of times, never mind in a sudden crisis. During our field work we’ve found mindfulness sessions really useful and often listen to them to take break from the day-to-day stresses. Envision Hypnotherapy has kindly made this session to help aid workers deal with the strain and work at their best. The session is 14 minutes long. Get yourself somewhere comfortable where you’re unlikely to be disturbed and give it a go.