U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Private Partnerships in PEPFAR Countries Project

Cardno’s ability to forge and manage public private partnerships is strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment efforts to improve health and wellbeing across Africa and Asia.

Cardno’s scaling up of public private partnerships (PPPs) in Sub-Saharan Africa and other countries, supported by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is contributing to PEPFAR’s goal of an AIDS-free generation.  

Our team has mobilized private sector resources to manage 15 PPPs across eight countries, to improve health outcomes and promote country ownership in areas of health systems strengthening, demand creation, information systems, capacity building and evaluations.  

CDC P4 operates in coordination with the CDC and the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) to leverage the resources of the US Government and private sector partners to meet PEPFAR’s goal. Public private partnerships enable jointly defined objectives, program design and implementation to enhance local and international capacity to deliver quality health services and prevention programs. CDC P4 operates as a Global Secretariat managing a portfolio of PEPFAR PPPs to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

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Cardno coordinates with the CDC, OGAC and partners in-country and provides a range of services to gain maximum leverage of private and public sector resources, and to ensure optimal results from PPP programs.  

We identify potential PPP models and support all phases of the partnership life cycle – from start up, to program implementation, close-out and evaluation – with services including: 

  • fund management accountability 
  • contractual management and support 
  • governance framework development  
  • PPP program development and implementation 
  • monitoring and evaluation plans and reporting 
  • strategic communications and branding guidelines 
  • financial and program risk mitigation 
  • knowledge management and dissemination. 

An example of an excellent project outcome is the ‘Shuga Initiative’, a ground-breaking mass media behaviour change campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and risk perception among youth, developed and produced by the partnerships. By the third season, MTV Shuga aired on 88 broadcasters worldwide, with a potential global reach of more than 500 million viewers. The initiative was a top five finalist in the Concordia P4 Impact Awards in 2016.