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Innovating: Strengthening Connections in Ethiopia

by on May 14, 2014

innovatingIn our efforts to improve integration of HIV services, MEASURE Evaluation has used network analysis to demonstrate how organizations in a single community connect with each other (or how they don’t). People living with HIV can have a wide range of needs; in addition to medical treatment for HIV, they may require counseling, housing support, pregnancy prevention services, and tuberculosis treatment. While all of these services may exist in a given community, they are often disjointed and poorly integrated, rarely coordinating with each other, and leaving patients with unmet needs.

Rather than simply showing what and where services exist, our organizational network analysis tool highlights relationships among organizations providing services – how they share information and resources and how they refer clients to each other – allowing communities to benefit more from resources already in place. After we conducted an analysis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and shared our results with organizations in the network, the number of those organizations making referrals increased by 50 percent, better meeting the needs of HIV clients.

Read more about how MEASURE Evaluation improves decision making in public health.

Have you used network analysis as part of efforts to improve integration of health services? If so, please share your experience.

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