HIV Care and Support

Exploring Peer Mentor Retention in Tanzania

Peer mentors, expert patients, and other non-clinical community-based workers are increasingly relied upon to be a bridge between the HIV patient community and the health facility. In Tanzania, where there is a critical health workforce...

SUSTAIN's HIV Care and Treatment Change Package

Since 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve HIV and AIDS service delivery at select health facilities through the Strengthening Uganda’s...

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...

Is Self-Management a Solution to Retention, Adherence and Engagement of HIV Patients to Care? A Case from Mbeya DC, Tanzania

Monica Ngonyani

Quality Improvement Advisor, Tanzania, USAID ASSIST Project/URC


Engagement, adherence and retention to care remain low in many settings and their determinants are often poorly understood. Through this blog we wish to share some promising insights observed from our work in Mbeya DC.

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,...

What needs to be done to reduce HIV stigma in health facilities

Diana Chamrad

Senior Technical Advisor, Vulnerable Child and Family Programs, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

On June 3rd, I participated in an expert consultation on "Scaling up HIV Stigma Reduction in Health Facilities", hosted by the USAID Health Policy Project (HPP).  Presenters described recent major strides in understanding how stigma and discrimination (S&D) act as barriers to an effective HIV response.  

Expert Patient Pocket Guide

This pocket guide, in Swahili, was developed in Tanzania to assist Expert Patients in providing education and support to HIV patients.

USAID ASSIST Project Experience Improving HIV Services

This technical report summarizes the experience of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project and its predecessor, the USAID Health Care Improvement...