Emerging Evidence: How Integrated Referrals Are Associated With Adherence, Food Security And Resilience
The Livelihoods and Food Security Technical Assistance II (LIFT II) Project is a USAID-funded cooperative agreement managed by FHI 360. LIFT II provides technical assistance and strategic support to USAID missions, host government agencies, implementing partners, and other public, private and civil society organizations to develop and strengthen multi-sectoral clinic-community referral systems. LIFT II establishes and supports referral systems that link people to essential clinical services, as well as to economic strengthening services that can improve the economic and food security of vulnerable households, and reduce barriers to health care. This integrated approach particularly focuses on people living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers.
Over the past two years, the LIFT II project has utilized innovative operations research approaches to assess whether these clinic-community referrals are associated with changes in client and household outcomes. The TOPS Program hosted a webinar with the LIFT II Project as they share results and lessons learned from these assessments, exploring findings related to ART (anti-retroviral therapy) adherence in Malawi and Tanzania, and to food security and economic stability in Lesotho. The presentation concluded with a summary of other LIFT II project resources and guidance relevant to those working across the health, nutrition, economic development, and food security sectors.
Claire Gillum is a Technical Officer with the Livelihoods and Food Security Technical Assistance II (LIFT II) Project within FHI 360's Social and Economic Development Unit. A public health professional with experience working in low-income country settings, she received her MSPH in International Health, with a focus on Health Systems, from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Gillum has proven experience in data management and analysis, research design and coordination, and project monitoring and management. Strong written and oral communication skills have been developed through professional experience engaging with, and writing for, both technical and lay audiences. Her current role focuses specifically on strengthening the quality, collection, management and utilization of data across LIFT II countries in order to assess and enhance the operation of LIFT-established referral networks.
|Mandy Swann has over thirteen years of experience in international development policy, program implementation and research, focused on integrated approaches for HIV prevention, care and impact mitigation. She provides technical leadership in the nutrition, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening aspects of the PEPFAR-funded Livelihoods and Food Security Technical Assistance II Project (LIFT II), and conducts research for the Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening Project (ASPIRES). She has supported numerous capacity development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, strengthening community-based responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.|