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As we begin to upscale HIV treatment and care for far greater numbers of people than ever before, we must include communities in health service delivery planning, implementation and delivery.

Paediatric-Adolescent Treatment Africa (PATA) and the Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF)  partnered on the Clinic-CBO Collaboration (C3) programme, across nine countries and 36 community-clinic collaborations. We identified how transformative the collaboration at a local level between community-based organisations (CBOs) and clinics can be to the health response.

The Be Connected course will provide a simple step-by-step guide to assist health providers, community-based staff, and local coordinators to initiate, expand and improve upon joint activities. The course offers a practical ‘how to’ methodology of working together that is centred on cooperation and structured partnership.

While the course has drawn on lessons from the C3 programme, which focused on the PMTCT and paediatric HIV treatment cascade, its intention is to be applicable to all target populations and service areas.

In addition to C3, the course has also integrated lessons and contributions from other key regional projects.

We are very grateful to EGPAF, Aidsfonds and Engender Health, who have each contributed significant time and effort into its development.

The course will provide a community of practice on community engagement that is open-source, online and widely available.

The online course complements a full C3 toolkit which offers greater detail, more stories and practical application examples.  

Who you will meet in the course

Dominic Kemps

Dominic Kemps

Dominic Kemps is the Director for the Positive Action for Children Fund. He began his career working in technology companies in Silicon Valley, an NGO in sexual and reproductive health in Washington DC, and in the public sector with the European Parliament in Luxembourg. He later became a consultant working on marketing and communications programmes for charities, financial services companies, fast moving consumer goods businesses, and dotcoms.

Following a year of travel across Africa, Dominic joined an international development NGO, Interact Worldwide, working in sexual and reproductive health, as their director for Marketing and Public Affairs in 2004.

In 2006, he moved to Pfizer UK, working in their corporate responsibility team on patient issues across HIV, Men’s & Women’s Health, Ophthalmology, Endocrinology, Oncology and Smoking Cessation.

In 2009, Dominic joined ViiV Healthcare to launch and manage the Positive Action for Children Fund, ViiV’s £50 million, 10-year commitment to support communities globally, seeking to address mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Dominic holds degrees from Boston College (USA) and the University of London.


Agnes Ronan

Agnes Ronan

Bringing more than 25 years of public health experience specialising in maternal, child and adolescent health, Agnes Ronan joined PATA as Head of Programmes in January 2017. In this role she is responsible for the overall management of all PATA programmes.

Agnes previously held project management positions at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Public Medicine and Department of Adolescent Health. Prior to that, she worked at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, focusing on various clinical trials.

Agnes holds a master’s degree in Public Health (University of Cape Town, SA), a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA, University of Reading, UK) and a BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Administration (University of Portsmouth, UK).


Eugene Mupakile

Eugene Mupakile

Eugene Mupakile is the Executive Director of Kabangwe Creative Initiative Association (KCIA) in Lusaka, Zambia. Eugene worked for Human Settlements of Zambia, an NGO, as Community Development Facilitator for six years. Eugene has also worked in three peri-urban areas to address local issues using the self-help and community participation concept.

Eugene later joined the Network of Zambian People Living with HIV (NZP+) in Lusaka, as Programme Officer for Capacity Development. Eugene was in this role for three years until June 2013, when he took up a coordination position at KCIA. He was later appointed as the Executive Director in June 2014, the position he currently holds.

Eugene has eight years’ experience working with people living with HIV, adolescents and community leadership to support community participation in HIV prevention, care and support programmes. He holds an advanced certificate in Social Work from the University of Zambia.


Maureen Tembo

Maureen Tembo

Maureen Tembo is a midwife and nurse at the Mother, Child and Neonatal Department at Chazanga Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia.

Maureen has 20 years of experience in this area, having worked at four clinics in the Lusaka district. She has worked at Chazanga Clinic for the last six years.

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  2. Who should take this course?

    The course offers a practical ‘how to’ methodology for clinic-CBO collaboration that is centred on cooperation, joint planning and structured partnership. Those that would benefit from taking this course include: health providers, community-based staff, local coordinators, and community activity organisers.

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  4. Which languages is this course available in?

    Currently, this course is only available in English.

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