The USAID-funded Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project (BLC) developed and implemented the Quality Improvement and Leadership (QIL) program in 13 health facilities in Botswana and Namibia. Through assessments, the program generates data to identify gaps in health facilities, and provides skills to staff to address these gaps.
HIV and AIDS are major development, health, and human rights challenges in Namibia. In its National Strategic Framework for HIV and AIDS (NSF) 2010/11–2015/16, the country identified the national priorities and targets to which all stakeholders are expected to contribute. The NSF planning process took into account the development dimensions of Namibia’s response to HIV and AIDS, including the need to align and harmonize the NSF with other national strategic policy frameworks, such as Vision 2030, the National Development Plan, the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and the Millennium Development Goals. Implementation of the NStmuF is at a critical juncture for the entire health sector as the Government is embarking on significant reforms that will increase its ability to manage, coordinate, and finance health services.
Between 2010 and 2013, with funding from USAID, the Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa (BLC) and the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) collaborated to develop and deliver the Quality Improvement and Leadership (QIL) program to multidisciplinary teams of health personnel in Botswana. In 2012, BLC initiated the QIL program in Namibia at two national referral hospitals in the capital city of Windhoek: Intermediate Hospital Katutura (IHK) and Windhoek Central Hospital (WCH). The QIL program was introduced to address the need to improve the quality of services delivered at the two health facilities. Based on this initial experience and the lessons learned, the plan was to extend the QIL program to public health facilities in the rest of the country. Support from BLC to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) was planned for a period of four years, 2012 to 2015.