This blog was originally posted on Science Speaks’ blog. Most HIV monitoring and evaluation folks are familiar with the challenges of keeping track of the number of patients currently on treatment, and the data quality problems that result from poor record keeping. Patients need to be followed perpetually, and they come and go from treatment … Continue reading “Lot Quality Assurance Sampling Saves Time, Money while Providing Valuable Information on HIV Services”
By strengthening CCLAD, the USAID RHITES-N, Lango is increasing PLHIV retention in care, and viral load coverage and suppression rates. These outcomes are contributing to the project’s greater goal of increasing the use of high-quality integrated health services and improving overall health of individuals, families, and communities in the Lango sub-region.
One in 16 Ugandan children do not live to reach their fifth birthday. Thankfully, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) sees this tragic statistic for what it is: an unacceptable number of preventable deaths.
Uganda’s commitment to its youngest citizens is more than lip service. It became a strategic approach to reduce death, illness and disability – and improve growth and development – of children under five. The foundation of this success was the implementation of the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) approach as the main strategy for increasing coverage of low-cost, high-impact, evidence-based child health interventions at all levels of the health system.
Like most health facilities in the Lango sub-region, Anyeke HCIV in Oyam district grapples with a community that stigmatizes tuberculosis (TB), as well as low detection rates, treatment adherence, and completion rates. In the entire sub-region, only 42.7 percent of people know at least two signs and symptoms of TB.
AIDSFree has worked in urban districts of Maseru and Berea through the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) project to improve the health and well-being of Lesotho’s adolescent girls and young women.
Data and health information systems are enabling health managers not only to respond to health outbreaks, but also to predict where needs will occur, develop plans to address them, and thus ensure that people are receiving the services they need when they need them.
In this episode, you’ll hear from Dr. Muka Chikuba-McLeod who has been at the frontlines of the fight against HIV since the beginning of the epidemic in the country. She is the director of the USAID DISCOVER-Health project and JSI’s country representative for Zambia. Dr. Chikuba-McLeod talks to JSI’s Director of Communications, Penelope Riseborough about HIV prevention, treatment, and care; game changers in HIV; and what it will take to achieve epidemic control.
One in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused at least once in her lifetime. And women who have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) can face up to three times greater risk for HIV compared to those who have not, according to UNAIDS. GBV is common, affecting both women and men. Children and key populations are also at high risk, and often don’t have access to the resources they need.
Can the private sector scale up PMTCT services? AIDSFree is looking at how to expand PMTCT service delivery and alleviate challenges by engaging the private sector, including civil society organizations (CSOs).
The AIDSFree project’s Aida Berhan, Pia Kochhar, and Stephanie Joyce explains the advantages and challenges of implementing Option B+ for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.