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.

Laying the groundwork for healthy communities

By: Thapelo Manale, Kesa Dikgole, and Cecil Haverkamp

(Ms. Thalitha Tiro presenting results of improvement efforts by the Boikanyo community team in Gaborone. Photo by URC Botswana)

Mobile Technology Allows Community Health Workers to Quickly Identify & Refer in Côte d’Ivoire

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

By: Oumar Toure, Jhpiego Technical Advisor, HIV and Reproductive Health; Angeline Dia Lou Balona Anoble, Jhpiego HIV Technical Assistant; Nathan Rehr, Jhpiego Senior Program Coordinator

Loukou Kouame with community health workers at his home in Djangokro, Côte d’Ivoire. (Courtesy of Angeline Dia Lou Balona Anoble, Jhpiego)

Say no to stigma: The critical role of key populations in the development of community-based services

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

By: Marcos Benedetti, Senior Technical Advisor for Sexual Health and Rights/Pathfinder International

A sex worker in Mozambique receives health information from Zita, a local health counselor. (Courtesy of Maren Vespia, Pathfinder International)

Making Community Systems the Bedrock of Global Health Investments

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

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

Above: Tibre Desu is one of 38,000 female health extension workers trained by the Government of Ethiopia, with support from the Global Fund, to bring basic health care closer to people’s homes. (The Global Fund / Petterik Wiggers)

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)

Evaluation de Base de la Qualité des Soins VIH/SIDA en République Démocratique du Congo

L’objectif du projet ASSIST en RDC est maintenant d’améliorer la rétention dans les soins et assurer une bonne adhérence au traitement pour les personnes vivant avec le VIH (PVVIH) y compris les enfants et les femmes enceintes dans les formations sanitaires cibles. ASSIST collaborera avec le Projet PROVIC dans les sites de Kinshasa, de la Province Orientale et au Haut Katanga et avec le Projet PROSANI dans la province du Lualaba. ASSIST sera entièrement responsable de toutes les activités d'amélioration de la qualité dans les formations sanitaires cibles.

Paquet des changements : Amélioration de la qualité des soins et traitement HIV/SIDA en RDC

Le projet ASSIST de l’USAID est exécuté en la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) par University Research Co., LLC (URC) pour accompagner le Ministère de la santé dans sa lutte contre le VIH/SIDA sous financement PEPFAR en collaboration avec les partenaires de mise en oeuvre notamment PROVIC et PROSANI.

Democratic Republic of Congo Final Country Report

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC), provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from October 2013 to December 2016 to improve nutrition services for HIV clients and improve HIV care and treatment services for persons living with HIV (PLHIV).