iALARM: Understanding and strengthening men and women’s linkages to HIV health services

Research Monitoring & Evaluation

As part of a broader joint effort, we are working with the University of Cape Town School of Public Health, Brown University and University of California San Francisco to evaluate our efforts to engage men in health services at our One Man Can Men’s Wellness Centre in the Gugulethu neighbourhood in Cape Town, South Africa.

The project called iALARM (Information to Align Services and Link and Retain Men in the HIV Cascade), uses health information to ‘raise the alarm’ about men’s continuing poor performance and outcomes in HIV care, from prevention and testing, through to ART initiation, adherence and retention in care.

The project is rooted in an on-going collaboration between the NY1 community health clinic in Gugulethu and Sonke Gender Justice’s ‘Men’s Wellness Centre’, located on the grounds of the clinic. iALARM aims to strengthen the alignment of clinic and NGO services for men in the area by combining data from several existing sources of routine health information and using this information on an on-going basis to coordinate and improve services for men.