NACA, JICA in health pact

SHARE   |   Monday, 15 February 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar
L-R; Daisuke Kosugi, Robert Selato and Karabo Masithe L-R; Daisuke Kosugi, Robert Selato and Karabo Masithe PIC: RICARDO KANONO

The National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) has renewed the curriculum for their Business Monitoring and Evaluation Programme through the help of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  It was in 2006 that NACA started the Monitoring and Evaluation course in 2006, with JICA coming on board in 2009 by training locals in South Africa. In 2013 JICA’s relationship with NACA solidified when they started training locals at IDM. At the beginning the curriculum was only for HIV/AIDS, but when many people from different health sectors came on board NACA realised that the curriculum had to be made inclusive.

NACA’s Robert Selato said since people with HIV/AIDS tend to suffer from a lot of sicknesses, they had to include other sectors. Selato said there was need to make the curriculum up to date. When revising it they engaged ACHAP as the consultant, NACA as the facilitator and JICA as the funder. He said after revision there was need to pilot it, and that was why they held a two weeks workshop that trained 31 participants at Oasis Lodge in Tlokweng recently. “The intention is after training some few adjustments will be done to the modules and the modules will be accredited,” he said. He added that even long after JICA has left Botswana will continue to benefit because NACA will own the programme alongside their accredited institution for the course which is IDM.

Selato said one of the disadvantages that they have is that after training, the officers then move to greener pastures since they are now more skilled. He said the management of information in community projects has also improved since employees now know about the systematic way and indicators of dealing with information. Most of the people that come for the course are data managers, clerks, programme managers, health and wellness officers and other civil society companies like BOCAIP, BONEPWA and BOSASNET. Karabo Masithe from BOSASNET who took part in the programme said that as a young professional the course has really opened her eyes.

Gerald Mahumba from Francistown City Council said as people who are taking care of communities at the social economic status level, he has learnt important things especially in relation to project monitoring because some of their projects failed because they were not monitored well. “The ministry of local government should intensify training so that programmes such as poverty eradication, Ipelegeng and other community projects are properly implemented to have a positive impact in the communities,” he said. Daisuke Kosugi, the Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Building Advisor from JICA South Africa, said after asking NACA the assistance they could give, they were informed about the need to renew the curriculum. Kosugi said they will continue supporting Botswana to improve the skills’ level.  Since 2008 35 people were trained in South Africa and 97 in Botswana.