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.

Improving PMTCT in Kenya

In 2013, the USAID Applying Science to strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project supported the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) to launch the Partnership for HIV Free Survival (PHFS) initiative in Kenya to apply quality...

Tested Changes to Improve Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support in HIV Care in Zambia

From 2014-2017, the USAID ASSIST Project collaborated with FANTA III and LIFT II to support the Government of Zambia to pilot nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) as part of HIV care in Kitwe and Mkushi districts,...

Addressing the Therapeutic Feeding Gap for PLHIV with Nutrition and Self-Management Support: A Case of Aboke Health Center IV

Poor nutrition remains a key challenge for people living with HIV (PLHIV), especially those on antiretroviral therapy (ART). This case study highlights how health workers at Aboke Health Center IV, a site that has not received ready-to-use...

Improving identification of new HIV positive children and adults: the role of community structures

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST), in collaboration with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) implementing partner, Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHS), set out to improve case finding...

Integrating quality improvement in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the Lualaba Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo to retain PLHIV on antiretroviral therapy

In fiscal years 2015-2016, the USAID ASSIST Project funded by PEPFAR provided technical assistance to improve the retention of people living with HIV (PLHIV) on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 10 health facilities in the province of...

Increasing male partner participation in PMTCT in Burundi

En français USAID and PEPFAR, through the USAID ASSIST Project, support Burundi’s Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS (MSPLS) to improve the quality of PMTCT services in Burundi. The project helped form quality improvement...

Addressing the 3rd 90 Gap through Integrated Health Delivery Camps in 4 Health Facilities in Nwoya District, Uganda

In 2014, the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS set ambitious goals to eliminate the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020 through the 90-90-90 three-pronged approach. The Uganda Ministry of Health. together with implementing partners including ASSIST,...

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