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.

Increasing Accountability for the Reliability of Rapid HIV Test Results: Observations from Seven Facilities in Rungwe District Council, Tanzania

In Tanzania in 2015, the USAID ASSIST project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) and implementing partners (IPs) was tasked to support activities to improve the...

Health Worker Engagement and Facility Performance in Delivering HIV Care in Tanzania

With an increasing number of people living with HIV linked to long-term treatment, a productive health workforce is essential to provide quality care. Engaged health workers are more productive and provide higher quality care. This study...

2018 Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Durban, South Africa

Quality improvement as a framework for behavior change interventions in HIV-predisposed communities: a case of adolescent girls and young women in northern Uganda

Conventional approaches to HIV prevention remain the foundation for reducing HIV infections in Uganda, but innovations that demonstrate reduction in risk to infection in vulnerable populations also should be urgently embraced. Over the...

Strategies to Increase Identification of HIV Positive Children: A Compilation of Successfully Tested Changes in Communities and Health Facilities in Uganda

Identifying and diagnosing children as HIV-infected is the first step in the continuum of pediatric care and treatment. As part of its contribution to the UNAIDS first 90 goal to have 90% of all HIV infected people diagnosed, the USAID...

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY17

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed the fifth year of implementation of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. This report is the tenth Semi-Annual Performance...

Synthèse de la mise en œuvre du Collaboratif Communautaire d’Amélioration de la Qualité des Services PTME au Burundi

Dans le souci d’accélérer l’atteinte des résultats du collaboratif d’amélioration et aussi pour garantir la pérennisation et l’institutionnalisation du projet d’amélioration des soins, le Projet ASSIST fournit une assistance au Ministère...

Assessment of a quality improvement intervention to strengthen pharmaceutical human resources and improve availability and use of HIV medicines in Uganda

Inadequate medication dispensing and management by healthcare providers can contribute to poor outcomes among HIV-positive patients. Gaps in medication availability, often associated with pharmacy workforce shortages, are an important...

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