Assessors:  expertise embedded in the public system

Assessor is a Portuguese term meaning “advisor” used by HAI to refer to HAI technical advisors working directly within national ministry of health offices, providing technical expertise and direct support to ministry officials.

Dating back to our first years in Mozambique, one strategy that HAI used to build technical capacity within the National Health Systems is through the placement of HAI technical advisors, or assessors.  Assessors were embedded in the structure of the public sector health system responding to and collaborating daily with their MOH counterparts.

HAI’s most recent assessor, Dr. James Cowan (pictured above), served in Mozambique’s National TB Program (NTP).  As an embedded senior TB, TB/HIV and DR-TB advisor, Dr. Cowan worked closely with NTP colleagues across a range of issues including strategic leadership, strengthening M&E platforms, and developing a nascent Quality Improvement Program. Dr. Cowan helped develop and implement a national MDR-TB control program strategy, including scale up of MDR diagnosis and treatment services, expanstion of training and support on research efforts aimed at improving MDR-TB care, and support for the development of an MDR-TB monitoring and evaluation framework and database to better understand the burden of MDR-TB in Mozambique.



HAI’s Assessor strategy dates back to our early years in Mozambique. For three decades, HAI developed and applied the strategy to strengthen expertise within national health systems in partner countries. HAI Assessors included:

  • Mary Catlin (center of photo), Mozambique
  • Nancy Anderson, Mozambique
  • Susie Osaki, Mozambique
  • Rachel Rubin, Mozambique
  • Kenny Sherr, Mozambique
  • Sarah Gimbel, Mozambique
  • Joe Lara, Mozambique
  • Caroline Soi, Mozambique
  • Dan Lee, Mozambique
  • Roxanne Hoek, Mozambique
  • Jamie Cowan, Mozambique
  • Steve Gloyd, Côte d’Ivoire & Mozambique
  • Serge Dali, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Valerie Kouraï, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Wisal Hassan, Sudan
  • Abdulrazig Hummaida, Sudan

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World TB Day 2015 HAI Media, 2015


[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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