Addressing the Therapeutic Feeding Gap for PLHIV with Nutrition and Self-Management Support: A Case of Aboke Health Center IV
Poor nutrition remains a key challenge for people living with HIV (PLHIV), especially those on antiretroviral therapy (ART).
This case study highlights how health workers at Aboke Health Center IV, a site that has not received ready-to-use therapeutic food from the medical supply chain, leveraged self-management support (SMS) and nutrition counselling to support PLHIV diagnosed with malnutrition.
Changes focused on instituting and streamlining systems and processes around patient flow, assessing nutritional status at each clinic visit, improving documentation, and providing patient-level support to those enrolled into SMS. This case study provides key information for rural health units on how they can improve identification and support for malnourished PLHIV using available local resources.