Updated Jul 06, 2021

The Accelerating Integrated Management (AIM) Initiative

www.aiminitiative.org

Stefanie Weiland

The AIM Initiative partners with Ministries of Health to strengthen their ability to visualize and use data, integrate strategies and systems, target resources, and improve access to care for people suffering from high-morbidity NTDs.

Mapping: In collaboration with MOH, AIM collects countries’ routine surveillance data of existing NTD cases and morbidity and produces digital maps of the geographic distribution of diseases. AIM develops and tests methods of case detection data validation, using surveys and modeling to identify areas that require further analysis. Strategic Planning: After the maps are developed, AIM works...
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Mapping: In collaboration with MOH, AIM collects countries’ routine surveillance data of existing NTD cases and morbidity and produces digital maps of the geographic distribution of diseases. AIM develops and tests methods of case detection data validation, using surveys and modeling to identify areas that require further analysis. Strategic Planning: After the maps are developed, AIM works to validate the data and develop integrated, country-wide strategic plans. As a result of meetings with diverse stakeholders across a range of government departments, a national integrated case management strategic plan is incorporated into the national health policy. Resources are then used to address the disease burden identified through AIM’s mapping process. National strategic plans have been signed and validated in Liberia and Ghana and are in the final draft stage in Cameroon and Nigeria. Integrated Interventions: Because of pillar 1 and 2, MOH have the data to expand quality healthcare access to marginalized NTD communities. In Liberia, the MOH trained CHWs to perform active case finding, increasing case referrals to health centers that would not have been previously identified. In the first year of the program, an increase of 320% of NTD cases were recorded compared to the previous year. Lab capacity was also increased—for example, the laboratory confirmation rate for Buruli Ulcer increased from 22% to 82%.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

AIM has identified three areas where it can scale its programming: within existing countries, new countries, and integrating with cross-cutting issue areas. We have successfully proven our concept in mapping, strategic planning, and interventions.
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Focus Areas:

Health, Data Collection/Needs Assessments, GIS/Mapping and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Health, Data Collection/Needs Assessments, GIS/Mapping, Gender, Resilience and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique and 7 MoreSEE ALL

Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Nigeria, Myanmar, Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Senegal and TanzaniaSEE LESS

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Countries Implemented In
7
Employees

Problem

AIM uses digital health tools to innovate the use of data for the elimination of high morbidity NTDs. AIM addresses a significant barrier to eliminating NTDs: lack of actionable data on where people with NTDs are and how best to allocate scarce resources. Based on AIM’s experience, a lack of action data stems from a lack of integration. A lack of integration of: NTD programs within the health system, morbidity mapping and morbidity management, self-care training into NTD case management.

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Solution

AIM implements a three-pillar approach (mapping, strategic planning, and integrated interventions) to partner with MOH to strengthen their ability to visualize and use data, integrate strategies and systems, target resources, and improve access to care for people suffering from high-morbidity NTDs.

Target Beneficiaries

The AIM Initiative’s end users are national Ministry of Health (MOH) staff. Specifically, our approach works in concert with a country’s national NTD program at every step in the process. We are drawing on our extensive experience in infectious diseases and public health to assist partners in responding to COVID-19 as they continue their work among people who are threatened and impacted by NTDs every day.

Mission and Vision

AIM’s three pillar approach builds government capacity, leading to the effective and sustainable elimination of NTDs as a public health problem, resulting in a strengthened health system better equipped to serve the vulnerable.

Competitive Advantage

Based on AIM’s experience, we believe the missing link in the market is a focus on data improvement and surveillance, morbidity mapping for NTDs, and a lack of integrating morbidity mapping into the larger health system. Improved data use means improved case management, which makes all the difference for people suffering from severely stigmatizing skin-related NTDs. AIM is a program of American Leprosy Missions (www.leprosy.org) and draws on unique and established experience in NTD morbidity management rooted in a historic mission to ensure people with leprosy and related diseases are healed in body and spirit and restored to lives of dignity and hope.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Our program plans to strengthen and expand routine programme activities in NTD mapping with the idea being that those most likely impacted by NTDs are also those most likely to be impacted by COVID-19. As a result of increased mapping, our program can help the ministry to identify vulnerable areas.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Stefanie oversees all of the programs at American Leprosy Missions and the AIM Initiative. She has significant experience in international development and global health, progressing to leadership in several roles. Prior to joining American Leprosy Missions, Stefanie led LifeNet International, a social enterprise focused on improving the quality and sustainability of health care in Africa, managing a global team and scaling impact from 10 clinics in one country to 130 clinics in four countries.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Oct 2018
New Country Implemented In
Tanzania
Oct 2018
New Country Implemented In
Benin and Senegal
Oct 2018
New Country Implemented In
Cote d'Ivoire
Jul 2017
New Country Implemented In
Mozambique
Jul 2016
New Country Implemented In
Liberia
Jul 2016
New Country Implemented In
Ghana