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.

2018 Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Durban, South Africa

Sustaining Gains: Global Progress in HIV and the Road Ahead

Alison Lucas

Communications Specialist, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

On December 1st, we commemorated World AIDS Day. In 1988, when World AIDS Day was established, I had two uncles with HIV, both of whom would go on to die of complications related to AIDS. At that time, there was no concept of living with HIV; HIV led to AIDS, and AIDS was a death sentence.

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