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 voluntary medical male circumcision standards adherence and post-procedure follow-up in Uganda: A mixed methods study

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) has been demonstrated to reduce the transmission of HIV by 60% from HIV-positive women to HIV-negative men. Scaling up VMMC services requires that they be of high quality, socially accepted, and...

Success story: All she needed was continuous engagement with the health facility to achieve HIV viral load suppression

Palabek-kal Health Center IV is one of the health facilities in Northern Uganda that the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST) is supporting to achieve viral suppression for children and adolescents in...

Improving community health worker performance and productivity: Findings from USAID-supported studies in Swaziland and Uganda

Community health workers (CHWs) play an essential role in HIV prevention, care, and treatment by improving linkages between those that need care and those that can provide it and by supporting retention in care and self-management for...

Sustaining CHW Programs in the HIV Response: Lessons Learned from the United States

Community health workers (CHWs) have an important role in the HIV response globally, especially to increase coverage, uptake, and retention of HIV services at the community level, to reach the 90-90-90 targets. In HIV-burdened countries,...

Mobile Technology Allows Community Health Workers to Quickly Identify & Refer in Côte d’Ivoire

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Oumar Toure, Jhpiego Technical Advisor, HIV and Reproductive Health; Angeline Dia Lou Balona Anoble, Jhpiego HIV Technical Assistant; Nathan Rehr, Jhpiego Senior Program Coordinator

Loukou Kouame with community health workers at his home in Djangokro, Côte d’Ivoire. (Courtesy of Angeline Dia Lou Balona Anoble, Jhpiego)

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