FHI 360

FHI 360 is a global health and development organization working on family planning, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. FHI 360 focus on-and expertise in-Quality Improvement helps to build the capacity of local service providers and managers in addressing systems issues that affect the delivery of services, including human resources issues.

Member profile

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach towards improving lives in lasting ways. Operating out of 60 offices in the U.S and around the world, FHI 360’s 4,400 professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research.

A Multidisciplinary Approach
FHI 360’s multidisciplinary approach reflects its commitment to addressing the complex needs of the individuals, communities and countries it serves. Leveraging its global footprint and portfolio of strategic partnerships at every level, FHI 360 is able to sustainability improve the lives of millions.

An Evidence-Based Organization
Grounded in science, evidence-based approaches are a defining characteristic of FHI 360’s successes. Through its programs, FHI 360 generates, manages and analyzes data that leads to improved knowledge, policies and practices.

Main activities

Since its founding, FHI 360 has been a global leader in family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH), and since 1986, in the worldwide response to HIV/AIDS. In the past five years, its research and programs have expanded to include other areas of public health such as maternal health, malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, in addition to development. FHI 360’s research areas include: behavioral and social sciences, clinical, health services, applied, and lab sciences. In addition, FHI 360’s experience includes: project management, technical assistance, training, capacity building, financial and grants management, program implementation, program monitoring and evaluation, QA/QI, knowledge management, and advocacy. FHI works in the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, ART, voluntary counseling and testing, positive prevention, integrating family planning and HIV services, integrating TB and HIV services, male circumcision, palliative care, and pediatric AIDS.

Links to the health workforce crisis

FHI 360 programs have significantly increased access to HIV care and treatment services by leveraging private sector human resources through public-private partnerships. These partnerships reduce the care burden for the health system and facilitate access to private practitioners by lower-income populations. Extensive capacity building and mentoring is provided to local organizations to develop healthcare networks and institutionalize knowledge management enabling these to identify gaps in services and implement locally relevant and sustainable interventions. This process helps avert the knowledge gap that results from the high staff turnover that many health facilities experience globally. Through innovative task shifting and integration activities, FHI 360 has demonstrated that health care workers and nurses can effectively provide services to clients, reducing the burden on higher level cadres. In Tanzania, our programs successfully tested the re-employment of retired nurses to address workforce shortages.

Quality assurance/quality improvement tools such as standard operating procedures for clinical care, pharmacy, laboratory, and health management information systems (HMIS) have been introduced and on-going mentoring by experienced clinicians and technical experts builds capacity at sites that have previously had limited experience in delivering services on HIV/AIDS, STIs, reproductive health, and FP. At the regional and national levels, FHI 360 has been actively engaged in policy and guideline development, assisting governments and international partners better manage, retain and train human resources for health. Our focus on-and expertise in-Quality Improvement provides an opportunity for our programs to build the capacity of local service providers and managers in addressing systems issues that affect the delivery of services, including human resources issues.

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Rapid Diagnostic Tool (RDT)

How to Guide 2011

RDT is a “how to guide” for FHI 360 country offices and their partners to diagnose the performance of health system functions that are priorities within their particular country and program contexts.