referral systems

Botswana's Gender-Based Violence Referral System Project: Operations Research End Line Report

Author
Abby Cannon, Sarah Treves-Kagan, Meghan Cutherell, Jessica Fehringer, Helen Apps, Peggie Ramaphane, Shelah S. Bloom

This operations research study evaluated a pilot mobile phone-based referral system for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Botswana. Through a quasi-experimental design, researchers sought to improve understanding of the process and results of that country’s Gender-Based Violence Referral System Project. This report presents results and recommendations related to community perceptions of GBV, provider perceptions and processing of GBV cases, and the GBV referral system.

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Combatting Global Infectious Diseases: A Network Effect of Specimen Referral Systems

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Author
Peter N. Fonjungo George A. Alemnji Yenew Kebede Alex Opio Christina Mwangi Thomas J. Spira R. Suzanne Beard John N. Nkengasong

The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa clearly demonstrated the critical role of laboratory systems and networks in responding to epidemics. Because of the huge challenges in establishing functional laboratories at all tiers of health systems in developing countries, strengthening specimen referral networks is critical. In this review article, we propose a platform strategy for developing specimen referral networks based on 2 models: centralized and decentralized laboratory specimen referral networks.

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Referral Systems to Integrate Health and Economic Strengthening Services for People with HIV: A Qualitative Assessment in Malawi

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Author
Clinton Sears, Zach Andersson, Meredith Cann

Supporting the diverse needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) can help reduce the individual and structural barriers they face in adhering to antiretroviral treatment (ART).

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Understanding Barriers to Scaling Up HIV-Assisted Partner Services in Kenya

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Author
Goyette, M., Wamuti, B.M., Owuor, M., et al.

Assisted partner services (APS) are more effective than passive referral in identifying new cases of HIV in many settings. Understanding the barriers to the uptake of APS in sub-Saharan Africa is important before its scale up. In this qualitative study, we explored client, community, and healthcare worker barriers to APS within a cluster randomized trial of APS in Kenya.

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Community-Based Referrals for Family Planning

Venue
Washington, DC, USA

Join us for a technical consultation to help advance the family planning referrals agenda. Come review the evidence and learn more about how we can work to improve (and categorize) referral systems. The consultation will provide a forum to share experiences, strategies, challenges and promising practices related to community-based family planning (CBFP) and help to define research priorities.

Who should participate?

  • Implementing Partners
  • USAID
  • Community Health Workers
  • Researchers
  • Other Donors (with interest in CBFP programs)

 

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Traditional Leadership Championing HIV and Gender-Based Violence Prevention! Referral Tool for Traditional Leaders working to Prevent HIV and Gender-Based Violence in their Communities

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Author
SAfAIDS

This Referral Tool has been developed for traditional leaders and those working with traditional leaders, to assist them in making decisions on good referrals that provide community members with the HIV and GBV support and services they need.

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Situation Analysis of Community-Based Referrals for Family Planning

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Author
Advancing Partners and Communities

Family planning (FP) programs, including community-based FP (CBFP) programs, are placing heavy emphasis on the provision of a full range of FP methods as a key aspect of quality programming. This underscores the need to create strong referral systems from community-based services to higher level facilities for methods that are not available locally, such as long-acting and reversible contraception and permanent methods (LARC/PM).

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Monitoring Referrals to Strengthen Service Integration

Venue
Webinar
MEASURE Evaluation will host a one-hour webinar on Monitoring Referrals to Strengthen Service Integration on November 12 at 9:30AM EST/2:30PM GMT. Dr. Cristina de la Torre will present on a new toolkit for assessing and monitoring referral system functioning. 
Referral systems play an increasingly important role in the health systems of developing countries as a result of the recent impetus toward service integration.
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