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Our Model and What We Do
AIHA provides technical assistance through comprehensive, integrated, and volunteer-driven partnerships and initiatives that help low- and middle-income countries build institutional and human resource capacity to create a strong foundation for delivering high-quality, inclusive health services.
We are unlike many organizations that provide technical assistance because our partnerships and programs often rely on the commitment of professional time and energy provided by volunteers on both sides. Most of our programs are based on peer-to-peer relationships among healthcare providers and policymakers who collaborate to find solutions to health services delivery issues that are technologically and economically sustainable in the host country.
AIHA’s model presumes that healthcare professionals abroad are more receptive to new ideas and more willing to make changes when they work together with colleagues who face the same challenges in their day-to-day practice. Consequently, we engage health and allied professionals, governments, and community leaders to introduce new models of care, train and mentor healthcare providers, and strengthen professional healthcare associations and regulatory bodies.
This comprehensive, multi-pillar approach to health system strengthening has enabled AIHA to achieve sustainable outcomes through more than 175 partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
AIHA has more than a quarter-century of experience working with host country governments, donors, and other key national and international stakeholders to address critical public health issues such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, maternal and child health, primary healthcare, emergency medicine, and a broad range of health professions education and development.
In close collaboration with these stakeholders we:
•Identify local needs
•Implement responsive, client-centered programs that meet these needs
•Maximize local buy-in and ownership from day one to ensure long-term sustainability
Since 1992, AIHA has been awarded more than $345 million in U.S. Government grants, which we have leveraged by an additional $296 million in in-kind contributions of professional time and material resources from our partners at more than 210 U.S. hospitals, health systems, and academic institutions.
AIHA’s work is supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and the World Bank, as well as corporate, foundation, and individual support.