The Strengthening Care Opportunities through Partnership in Ethiopia (SCOPE) project is a partnership between the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington, the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, and the North Gondar Diocese of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
With limited funding and in a short time frame, SCOPE has achieved remarkable success by developing a model of collaborative engagement between the religious and medical communities towards a common goal of improving the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS. The impact of SCOPE’s accomplishments includes:
- More than 800 people being tested for HIV through the testing campaign pilot hosted by the Gondar Diocese, including the Archbishop and 55 priests.
- Training 25 priests at the North Gondar Diocese’s first HIV/AIDS priest training program, designed to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, control, support, stigma-reduction and care.
- Currently, a SCOPE fellow is working with the outreach teams and clinic staff to understand how to best identify and enroll pregnant women into care after the Beruh Tesfa pilot project ends and the teams no longer have weekly check-ins with SCOPE.
SCOPE has been recognized internationally as a highly successful model of collaborative HIV care delivery. Results from SCOPE projects have been published and presented in numerous international forums, including the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa and the 2012 American Public Health Association Conference. SCOPE was selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Alumni Award and was highlighted during 2012 Perspectives: How Faith-based and Secular Organizations Partner for Better Global Health.