Uganda-Lesotho knowledge exchange for the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival: Reflections and recommendations

A knowledge exchange visit was held in in February 2015 in Uganda between implementing teams from Lesotho and Uganda that work on the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival (PHFS). Ministry of Health staff from Lesotho and Uganda along with USAID ASSIST Project staff participated in the knowledge exchange and shared good practices but also challenges from their work. ASSIST has published a technical report that describes how the exchange visit allowed the 19 participants to share effective implementation strategies/practices between country teams as well as programmatic challenges and how they are overcome. 

The following are key takeaways from the report: 

  • Good planning and organization: A dynamic, mixed-method agenda was designed to apply specific, well-tested knowledge management/exchange principles and practices with heavy emphasis on addressing the learning needs articulated by Lesotho’s PHFS team
  • Insights, ideas and most valuable lessons learned were harvested and culled from exchange sessions, video interviews, one-on-one conversations, report-backs and individual evaluations. Four areas of key learning emerged and are summarized in the sections: Role of the MoH and IPs, Coaching and Engaging Teams, Gathering and Using Data, Tested Changes and Guidance.  
  • The report also describes the agenda and techniques used in the knowledge exchange and provides recommendations for planning future knowledge exchanges.

 The video below includes interviews with coaches from Uganda and participants from Lesotho.

Report Author(s): 
Tshabalala M, Webster P, Stern A, Deka S
USAID Applying Science to Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project
ASSIST publication: 
ASSIST publication
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