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Table 1 Stakeholder engagement template, Lesotho IMPROVE study [7]

From: Documenting HIV research-utilization activities, outputs and outcomes: examples and lessons learned from Project SOAR

Stakeholder(s) Date of engagement Mode of engagement What was discussed Research utilization outcomes of the meeting
Wide range of stakeholders including District Health Management Teams, leaders of people living with HIV, leaders of village health workers, Global Fund, PEPFAR, UN agencies and implementing partners. February 2015 Face-to-face inception meeting convened by the Lesotho Ministry of Health technical working group for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission EGPAF Lesotho team presented study concept and outline • Meeting participants gave input in site selection
• Three Ministry of Health researchers joined the study team as investigators, including one as co-Principal Investigator
• Ministry of Health technical working group for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission reviewed the final study proposal 2 months later.
District Health Management Team meeting, Scott District March 2017 Face-to-face meeting at District offices Baseline study findings showing insufficient number of village health workers District Health Management Team selected, trained and deployed 46 new village health workers
Lesotho Ministry of Health technical working group for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission October 2018 Face-to-face meeting at the Lesotho Ministry of Health Study progress, including key early lessons • The head of the Family Health division at the Ministry of Health expressed a great interest in the different aspects of community-based support;
• She communicated her plan to use the lessons learned to revive the National Village Health Workers program; and
• Members of the technical working group expressed interest in adopting key aspects of the intervention to include in routine maternal and neonatal child Health services at the end of the study.
Facility leadership, including staff November and December 2018 Face-to-face onsite meetings at each of the 12 facilities that participated in the study Facility-specific update on study implementation progress Each participating health facility decided on strategies to address gaps identified by the study in addressing retention and challenges in follow up.