In Melbourne in July 2014, the SaME group’s Sedona Sweeney presented findings on the impact on workload of the integration of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services.
Working with the Integra Initative, a joint research project with the Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Sedona’s study gathers evidence on the benefits and costs of a range of models for delivering integrated HIV and SRH services.
Sedona’s powerpoint presentation from the AIDS 2014 conference, focusing on staff time and human resource use, can be seen here.
The full article, The impact of HIV/SRH service integration on workload: analysis from the Integra Initiative in two African settings, was published in the August 2014 edition of Human Resources for Health and can be read here.
According to the paper, co-authored with other SaME staff – Fern Terris-Prestholt, Christine Michaels-Igbokwe, Charlotte Watts and Anna Vassall – the research suggests that HIV/SRH integration may be most influential on staff workload for provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling and postnatal care services. Findings also indicate potential for further efficiency gains through integration.