Endalkachew Melese joined Project HOPE in April 2016 and serves as Senior Technical Advisor for Community Health and Social Services in Blantyre, Malawi.
He is responsible for leading the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the community-based health and social services component of One Community (OC), a five-year integrated community-based HIV project funded by PEPFAR through USAID and implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in partnership with Plan International and Project HOPE. The project will be implemented in eight priority districts of the southern region of Malawi.
“There is a lot of excitement in the community to get this activity going,” says Melese.
Project HOPE recruited 237 full-time staff through a comprehensive and competitive process. Staff participated in orientation sessions on the core values of Project HOPE and trained on the technical and programmatic approaches of OC. In collaboration with community-based organizations and host government structures, 2,114 volunteers are also being recruited and will soon be trained and deployed.
“Project HOPE is working to realize OC's vision of a Malawi filled with thriving communities,” says Melese. The goal is for vulnerable children, adolescents and their families, people living with HIV and other priority populations to be linked to high-quality social and medical services in order to have the resiliency, social support, and ability to practice health-seeking behaviors. The overall objective of OC is to mitigate the impact of HIV and prevent new infections.
“In our vision, health services are not something separate from communities. Instead, they are key community assets, part of the network of relationships that individuals, families and communities can rely on.”
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