Agriteam has worked on project improving health and promoting well-being since 1995. Our health team includes public health, medical and nursing professionals from Canada and around the world with experience in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
We collaborate with national and sub-national partners to create enabling environments for the development of sustainable policies, systems and programs that improve the health of the poor via methodologies such as: conducting training and mentoring; strengthening health-related systems, and developing synergies and supporting partnerships.
OUR EXPERTISE INCLUDES:
- Community health
- Health sector reform
- Health education and promotion
- Disease control, prevention and treatment
- Improving access to life-saving interventions
- Maternal newborn and child health
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Health management information systems
- Sector-wide approaches in health
- Health program/project monitoring
Agriteam’s health portfolio includes projects on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, health systems strengthening, and nutrition.
OUR HEALTH PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS
TANZANIA: Regional Maternal Newborn Child Health (RMNCH) Strengthening in Tanzania (Global Affairs Canada, 2016-2020)
TANZANIA: Senior Health Advisor and Monitor in Tanzania (Global Affairs Canada, 2014-2017)
MALAWI: MAZIKO: Nutrition Foundations for Women and Children (Global Affairs Canada, 2012-2013)
PAKISTAN: Canada-Pakistan HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project (HASP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2004-2012)
The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project (HASP) developed a sustainable, scientifically-sound surveillance system for HIV/AIDS among the most at-risk populations in Pakistan. The goal of the project was to improve the quality and delivery of social services provided by the Government of Pakistan, and to increase public access to those services, especially for vulnerable women and men. HASP took a systems-oriented approach by working at different levels of the health sector in 14 cities and integrating mapping as well as behavioural and biological surveillance approaches. By improving the evidence base for planning HIV prevention and care services, HASP built the capacity of Pakistan’s Ministry of Health in procurement and management of HIV surveillance expertise, operational risk assessment, the use of surveillance information to plan and improve HIV/AIDS policies and programs for vulnerable women and men, and the quality and efficiency of health systems overall. HASP also worked on improving both the use of and demand for surveillance information from health care providers and service-delivery NGOs. Surveillance data generated by HASP has been used for national and provincial reporting, strategy development and program planning, as well as by donors including World Bank and UNAIDS for planning and monitoring.
NIGERIA: Colleges/Schools of Health Technology and Primary Health Care Development (SHT-PHC) (Global Affairs Canada, 2006 –2012)
PAKISTAN: Systems-Oriented Health Investment Program (SOHIP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005-2010)
Agriteam adopted a holistic approach, working to address different domains of the health sector, such as the structure of service delivery, demand generation, resource management, financing and stewardship. Direct results of SOHIP include: increased use of Primary Health Care services by clients due to improved quality of basic health services; strengthened, women-friendly health systems and at the provincial and district levels; and strengthened capacity of the federal and provincial health departments, district-level governments and civil society groups to respond to the health needs of the poor through improved policy formulation, planning, human resource development, management and supervision.
ASIA REGIONAL: Canada-Asia Regional Emerging Infectious Diseases Project (CAREID), China and South Asia, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)/World Health Organization (WHO) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005)
BANGLADESH: Health and Population Reform Program (Global Affairs Canada, 1995-2004)
Led by Agriteam in partnership with the University of Calgary, the Population and Health Reform Program (PHRP) was part of a large-scale, multi-donor, government/non-governmental organization (NGO) collaborative program to improve family planning and health service delivery throughout Bangladesh. Using a sector-wide, integrated approach to service delivery, the project worked directly with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), as well as more than 50 local and international NGOs, academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Program activities included building capacity in human resource development, government-NGO collaboration, procurement of contraceptive commodities, community capacity building/participatory methods, and the development of reproductive health-related behaviour change communications (for example, producing birth planning cards for country-wide distribution). The project – Canada’s largest single health project and the largest of its kind in the world at the time – resulted in a lower average number of births per woman, increased use of contraceptives, lower infant and child death rates, increased levels of full immunization for polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles, lower maternal deaths at birth, and higher average age at marriage.