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.

Launch of the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Continuous Quality Improvement Toolkit

Online

Please join Dr. Emmanuel Njeuhmeli of the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS for an introduction to the newly launched online Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Toolkit and discussion on how the toolkit can support improvement in VMMC program performance.  The webinar will feature two speakers and a panel discussion. 

Success story: All she needed was continuous engagement with the health facility to achieve HIV viral load suppression

At Palabek-kal Health Center IV in Northern Uganda, 40% of the children and adolescents (2-19 years old) in care have a high (non-suppressed) viral load. A.D (Initials of her name), an 8 year old, has been on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) since June 2013. She is an orphan who lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS at a tender age of 3 years, and is being taken care of by her 60 year old maternal grandfather. In May 2016, following a viral load test, A.D.’s results, at 3,427 copies/ml of blood, confirmed a high viral load.

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

ICHC Blog Series

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

ICHC Blog Series

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)

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