Building Local NGO Capacity

In addition to our public sector partnership model, HAI also collaborates with local NGOs that help expand the health system’s reach beyond the clinic. 

A core constituency of public sector health systems are the community-based partnerships that help build community-to-clinic linkages and increase demand for coordinated, comprehensive health care. At HAI, we work alongside and provide resources to local NGOs that are doing this important work in coordination with the National Health System. 

In Côte d’Ivoire, HAI has provided technical and operational assistance to more than 20 local NGOs that, among other critical functions, staff community counselors based within public health facilities.  These community counselors provide critical follow-up and support to newly diagnosed individuals living with HIV, helping them to schedule and keep appointments and stay adherent to their prescribed treatment regimen.

While HAI brings 30+ years of international global health technical and operational experience to our work, we realize that our ability to perform is enhanced when we engage the experience and expertise of our local NGO counterparts. Though our commitment to our partnership with Ministries of Health is unwavering, we recognize that true lasting change means expanding and enhancing networks of mutual support toward a common goal.   


Since 2015, HAI has worked in close partnership with the Institut de Recherche et d’Action en Afrique (IRAA), an Ivoirian non-governmental organization that is similarly committed to improving access to healthcare for all Ivoirians through evidence-based health system strengthening. 

Over a period of five years, HAI has provided technical and operational assistance to IRAA that has helped build their capacity to become a critical implementing partner of Project LINKS in three regions, including in Bouaké—the second most populous city in Côte d’Ivoire.

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[2015-2020] Project LINKS: Implementation of Programs for the Prevention Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire under PEPFAR.

This project receives funding support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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