Assessors: expertise embedded in the public system
Assessor is a Portuguese term used by HAI to refer to HAI technical advisors who work directly within national ministry of health offices, providing technical expertise and direct support to ministry officials.
One strategy that HAI uses to build technical capacity within the National Health Systems where we work is through the placement of assessors. Assessors are HAI technical advisors embedded in the structure of the public sector health system where they collaborate on a daily basis with their MOH counterparts.
For the last 5 years, HAI’s Dr. James Cowan (pictured above) has served as an HAI assessor in Mozambique’s National TB Program (NTP). As an embedded senior TB, TB/HIV and DR-TB advisor, Dr. Cowan works closely with NTP colleagues across a range of issues including strategic leadership, strengthening M&E platforms, and developing a nascent Quality Improvement Program. His current focus is on supporting the development and implementation of a national MDR-TB control program strategy. This includes supporting the scale up of MDR diagnosis and treatment services, providing training and support on research efforts aimed at improving MDR-TB care, and supporting the development of an MDR-TB monitoring and evaluation framework and database to better understand the burden of MDR-TB in Mozambique.
As an embedded member of the National TB team, Dr. Cowan is well placed to ensure that HAI’s full portfolio of TB programs are aligned and integrated with national strategies and health care delivery systems.
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[2014-2019] Treat TB: Technology, Research, Education and Technical Assistance for TB Project.
This project received funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), via a subagreement from Vital Strategies, an affiliate of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
[2016-2017] Mapping Mozambican Miners with GIS for TECHS: A technology-enabled community health system for Tuberculosis in Mozambique.
This project received funding support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), via a subagreement from ThinkWell.
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