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.

Strengthening Community Platforms to Address Gender Norms

This AIDSFree technical brief describes the elements of programmatic approaches to strengthen community platforms to address gender equality and harmful gender norms. It draws examples from successful community platforms for addressing GBV...

PHFS Quarterly Webinar-May 2016

Online

ASSIST held on the quarterly PHFS webinar in May 2016 that highlighted the soon to be released updated WHO and UNICEF HIV and Infant Feeding Guidelines. The webinar was hosted by Nigel Rollins, WHO and Tin Tin Sint, UNICEF.

The webinar covered the following agenda items:

Integrating Nutrition Services in HIV and TB Care in Mindolo I Clinic in Kitwe, Zambia

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), health care workers in Kitwe District are improving the quality of nutrition assessment,...

The effectiveness and efficiency of implementing the chronic care model for HIV care in Uganda

The chronic care model (CCM), is an integrated, population-based approach to providing health care for those with chronic diseases that involves patient self-management support, delivery system design and decision-support for clinicians...

Self Management Progress Form

The self management (SM) progress form provides an opportunity to health workers to have an in-depth understanding of the factors responsible for HIV-related challenges that clients face while in care and further to monitor client progress...

AIDSFree Guidance Database

With new public health guidelines published every year, it becomes necessary for countries to update their national guidelines so that they meet current evidence and best practices. This can become a difficult process. The Strengthening...

IAPAC Guidelines for Optimizing the HIV Care Continuum for Adults and Adolescents

The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) recently released, “ Guidelines for Optimizing the HIV Care Continuum for Adults and Adolescents .” The guidelines outline efforts to optimize HIV care continuum to achieve...

VIDEO: How Addressing Gender Considerations in Improvement Work Leads to Better Outcomes

The USAID ASSIST Project integrates gender considerations as part of its approach to improving health care and strengthening health systems. Gender integration rests on the understanding that achieving sustained and equitable outcomes in...

Report on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Baseline and Follow-on Assessment for Continuous Quality Improvement

This report summarizes the findings of baseline and follow-on assessments of services provided by six PSI VMMC teams. The baseline assessment was conducted by ASSIST in collaboration with the MOH’s HIV and AIDS Department and Zonal and...

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