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.

Working with peer mothers to improve retention of mother-baby pairs in care

Engagement of peer mothers to support retention of mother-baby pairs in care, as well as to support newly diagnosed HIV positive pregnant women to remain in care during antenatal care (ANC) is a relatively new concept in the Northern...

Guide to Using the Community Client Led ART Delivery Model in Uganda

Achieving the UNAIDS 90–90–90 targets calls for the adoption of innovative and efficient strategies for delivering HIV and prevention, care, and treatment services that address the needs of different sub-populations of clients under HIV...

Synthèse de la mise en oeuvre du Collaboratif d’Amélioration de la Qualité des Services VIH/SIDA au Burundi

Depuis 2012, ASSIST au Burundi fournit une assistance au Ministère pour mettre en place un processus d’amélioration de la qualité s’appuyant sur une approche collaborative mettant plusieurs formations sanitaires en réseaux afin de...

Empathy as tool for minimizing the self-stigma and binding groups together

This success story shares the experience of a young woman who, when diagnosed as HIV-positive, received support from ASSIST-trained Peer Mentors in Tanzania. The peer mentors helped her gain skills to manage her health and provided...

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...

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