Lessons Learned From Transitioning PEPFAR Track 1.0 Care and Treatment Programs: Case Studies in Financial Management Capacity Building in Zambia and Botswana

J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 Nov-Dec;21(6):564-72. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000194.


In 2008, the United States government mandated transition of internationally managed HIV care and treatment programs to local country ownership. Three case studies illustrate the US Health Resources Services Administration's fiscal assessment and technical assistance (TA) processes to strengthen local organizations' capabilities to absorb and manage United States government funding. Review of initial, TA and follow-up reports reveal that the 1 Botswanan and 2 Zambian organizations closed 10 of 17 financial capacity gaps, with Health Resources Services Administration assisting on 2. Zambian organizations requested and absorbed targeted TA on the basis of the consultant's desk review, their finance staff revised fiscal policies and procedures, and accordingly trained other staff. In Botswana, delays in integrating recommendations necessitated on-site TA for knowledge building and role modeling. Organizational maturity may explain differences in responsiveness, ownership, and required TA approaches. Clarifying expectations of capacity building, funding agreement, and nonmonetary donor involvement can help new organizations determine and act on intervening actions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Botswana
  • Capacity Building / methods
  • Capacity Building / standards*
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Financial Management / methods*
  • Financial Management / standards
  • HIV Infections / economics
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Organizations / economics*
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Zambia