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The FIKIA Project(TNZ-2)
June 1, Length: 2-3 Months
ICAP in Tanzania is implementing a PEPFAR CDC-funded community-based HIV prevention project in nine regions of Tanzania, including Mwanza, Kagera, Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Tanga, Kigoma, Mara, Simiyu and Geita. This project, called the FIKIA project, entails non-research program implementation, following national guidelines for service delivery. FIKIA is a community-based project that provides behavioral and biomedical HIV prevention interventions for targeted key and vulnerable populations (KVP). The project delivers a comprehensive HIV prevention package to key populations (female sex workers, people who inject drugs and men having sex with men.) Additionally, the FIKIA project reaches a wider group of vulnerable populations, such as adolescent girls and young women, and other targeted populations relevant to the context, including fisher folk, miners, long-distance truck drivers, orphans and vulnerable children, and others through expanded community-based HIV testing and counselling (CBHTC) services. ICAP also supports quality assurance and quality improvement in routine data collection and monitoring as well as capacity building of health care workers through joint supportive supervision of health care services with district Council Health Management Teams (CHMTs).
FIKIA is developing an eHealth platform to strengthen data collection and service delivery to our target populations. Community outreach volunteers will be equipped with hand-held tablet devices to collect and track individual-level, biometric, location and client-reported data in real time. As the eHealth intervention scales up, FIKIA will build a repository of data that, if used well, will provide powerful tools to inform program strategies and improve testing and outreach activities.
This project will aim to create geospatial maps of our intervention regions to inform program activities and improve targeted testing and follow-up. The project will also use geographic information system (GIS) technology to understand patterns of mobility among project beneficiaries and identify optimal times and locations to deliver services.
Scope of Work:
The student will work closely with the FIKIA team to support the development of:
- Geospatial maps visualizing project outputs and outcomes along the HIV cascade for FIKIA regions implementing the eHealth platform, including: number of KVP reached and tested; proportion of individuals testing HIV-positive; and numbers linked and retained in care at by region and project period
- A tool for tracking locations of engagement with project beneficiaries via the FIKIA eHealth platform
- A written report with project maps and summary of work completed
- Coursework and/or training in Public Health and Epidemiology
- Proficient in ArcGIS or other GIS software and MS Office
- Experience working with mHealth or eHealth projects in sub-Saharan Africa or other resource limited setting
- Experience with study design, protocol development, data analysis and manuscript writing
- Experience working with marginalized or underserved populations in resource limited settings; experience with HIV or other chronic illnesses an added advantage