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Planning for Sustainability of MMC Programs. Panel discussion Dr. Alex Opio Arusha, Tanzania (June 2010). Background. MMC will only have long-term impact on HIV prevention if the services are developed in a sustainable manner

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planning for sustainability of mmc programs

Planning for Sustainability of MMC Programs

Panel discussion

Dr. Alex Opio

Arusha, Tanzania (June 2010)

background
Background
  • MMC will only have long-term impact on HIV prevention if the services are developed in a sustainable manner
  • Thus, the planning process for MMC programs should take into consideration the factors that facilitate sustainability
  • Some thoughts on the above
key facilitating factors for sustainability of mmc programs
Key Facilitating Factors for Sustainability of MMC Programs
  • Advocacy
  • Appropriate leadership
  • Strategic planning based on evidence of needs
  • Integrated implementation approach
  • Working in partnership
  • Innovative implementing approaches
advocacy
Advocacy
  • Advocacy needed at international, national and community levels to build consensus on developing sustainable MC programs
  • Advocacy for MC services is vital right from the beginning of establishment of MC programs and during the implementation
    • Builds support for key decisions on policies
    • Encourages involvement of high level leadership
appropriate leadership
Appropriate Leadership
  • Leadership can champion development and implementation of sustainable MMC programs
  • High political support is conducive for sustainability of MC interest and keep MC high on the national health agenda
  • Leaders who are on board of MMC programs will advocate for support and provide or mobilization resources
  • Supportive leaders can set enabling policy and regulatory environment. Leadership is expected to provide the required direction and guiding principles and set national goals
strategic planning based on evidence of needs
Strategic Planning Based on Evidence of Needs
  • Clear MC strategies facilitate advocacy and resource mobilization; hence sustainability
  • Ensuring that national MC strategies complement or are part of the existing HIV prevention strategy can promote sustainability
  • Implementing situational analysis is an important method for creating stakeholder support, engaging leaders and ensuring informed policies and programs
integrated implementation approach
Integrated Implementation Approach
  • Leveraging all MC service delivery sectors (public and private) is vital for the sustainability of MC programs
    • Integration across sectors
  • Many levels of the existing health systems may be able to provide MC services with little additional investment
working in partnership
Working in Partnership
  • The scale-up of MC services requires actions at many levels and across different sector
  • Partnership facilitates advocacy, resource mobilization and bringing knowledge and experiences from different program areas
  • Partners can contribute to MC services based on their comparative advances
innovative implementing approaches
Innovative Implementing Approaches
  • Implementing a mix of both vertical and integrated approaches
      • Vertical approach at the beginning to attain high MC volumes
  • Task-shifting approach to sort out human resource problems; especially at peripheral health facilities
  • Ensuring the incorporation of the MMC commodities into lists of national essential medicines and equipment and in the procurement and distribution systems used by service delivery sites