HIV and AIDS

HIV Peer Mentors in Morogoro

As coverage of HIV prevention, care and treatment services expands and programs mature, greater attention is being paid to strengthening the capacity of health systems to provide and sustain high quality HIV and AIDS services, including antiretroviral therapy (ART), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), HIV counseling and testing, integration of HIV services with other clinical services, home-based care and community support, injection safety, and medical waste management.

Improvement methods help HIV and AIDS programs to: 1) provide services for all who need them, 2) retain all those who access services in the continuum of care, and 3) achieve optimal health outcomes for all those who are retained in care.  Strategies to improve coverage of HIV-infected mothers by PMTCT services, especially in antenatal care and at delivery, and improve the follow-up of mother-baby pairs can maximize the uptake of PMTCT services and promote HIV-free survival by assuring that all eligible infants and mothers get needed PMTCT services.  Adult treatment, care, and support can be improved by applying a chronic care model to service delivery and strengthening linkages with community and home-based care.

Making Community Systems the Bedrock of Global Health Investments

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Kate Thomson, Head of Community Rights and Gender Department, Global Fund

Why parent education is key to saving these children in Uganda

Mary Nabisere

Quality Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project

(Caregivers in a meeting with a health worker. Photo credit: Mary Nabisere)

Nicaragua commemorates International AIDS Day

Oscar Nuñez

Chief of Party, Nicaragua, USAID PrevenSida/URC


Red Odetrans (NGO) health care associate giving an HIV rapid test to a health fair visitor. Photo credit: Dr. Yudy Wong.

The ASSIST Experience: Reducing rejection rate in viral load testing across 15 districts of northern Uganda

Mirwais Rahimzai

Regional Director for East Africa, USAID ASSIST/URC

The overall goal of the USAID/ASSIST program in Northern Uganda is to increase access and quality of health care using high-impact interventions with special focus on areas of laboratory infrastructure, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH), family planning and nutrition.  USAID ASSIST rolled out viral load (VL) monitoring in the region in July 2015 and the gaps identified included high rejection rates arising from low sample quality, non-adherence to the eligibility criteria, and incomplete documentation on the request form as well as incomplete utilization of r

Is Self-Management a Solution to Retention, Adherence and Engagement of HIV Patients to Care? A Case from Mbeya DC, Tanzania

Monica Ngonyani

Quality Improvement Advisor, Tanzania, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Introduction

Engagement, adherence and retention to care remain low in many settings and their determinants are often poorly understood. Through this blog we wish to share some promising insights observed from our work in Mbeya DC.

Meeting the nutritional needs of men, women, boys, and girls in families affected by HIV

Megan Ivankovich

Senior Program Officer, WI-HER, LLC

Right now, millions of families around the globe are affected by HIV. This means they may be dealing with concurrent struggles related to health, nutrition, and food security, among others. We know that sticking to a healthy diet can strengthen the immune system, improve the effectiveness of ARV drugs, and sustain productivity. Yet many people living with HIV (PLHIV) often face challenges related to food access, availability, and utilization, which can further threaten their health.

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