Managing waste & preventing infections: highlighting AIDSTAR-One’s infection prevention successes

    Health facilities are places where people go to heal and get well. Proper injection safety and health care waste management (HCWM) practices are critically important to protect patients against accidental injuries and illness while they are seeking care. Often, health facilities do not follow good HCWM practices, which leads to unnecessary and harmful … Continue reading “Managing waste & preventing infections: highlighting AIDSTAR-One’s infection prevention successes”

Ed Scholl: I began working in HIV when…

I remember first hearing about HIV in one my MPH classes at UCLA in the fall of 1982. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was a new disease outbreak reported by CDC the summer before, after one of UCLA’s medical school faculty reported the syndrome in a group of five gay men in Los Angeles. It sounded like just another esoteric disease that might show up on one of our quizzes, so I spelled it out in my notebook, never once imagining that this disease might eventually become one of the world’s greatest public health and moral challenges of our time.

Empowerment, not pity: HIV prevention programs for people with disabilities

The messages were familiar, but the delivery was not. The classroom was filled with high school students learning about HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention. But instead of a teacher lecturing, or using a flipchart or video, a blind man spoke to the class, with a sign language interpreter communicating his words to deaf students who attend the Dominican Republic’s National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo.

Nothing about them, without them (Reprise)

My AIDS2012 experience kicked off early on Sunday morning in a standing-room only session on youth living with HIV. I was floored—both figuratively and literally (I was sitting ON the floor)—by the youth who spoke so passionately about their experiences transitioning out of pediatric care and taking control of managing their health as strong, HIV-positive young adults.

Nothing about them, without them: Including youth in transition services for adolescents living with HIV

No one born since 1985 knows a world without HIV. Nearly half of the world’s population is under 25, and far too many of these young people know all too well how the virus can devastate a family or community. I had the pleasure of meeting a remarkable group of young people living with HIV … Continue reading “Nothing about them, without them: Including youth in transition services for adolescents living with HIV”

Turning the Corner on HIV and Tuberculosis Co-infection in Brazil

AIDSTAR-One is funded by USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS. The project provides technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs. HIV and tuberculosis (TB) affect millions of people worldwide every year. Eighty percent of the world’s cases of HIV are concentrated in the 22 countries—including … Continue reading “Turning the Corner on HIV and Tuberculosis Co-infection in Brazil”

Treat the Whole Person: On Mental Health Day, USAID Recognizes the Importance of Mental Health for People Living with HIV

AIDSTAR-One is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and provides rapid technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government (USG) country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs, and promotes new leadership in the global campaign against HIV. “First we need ARVs, … Continue reading “Treat the Whole Person: On Mental Health Day, USAID Recognizes the Importance of Mental Health for People Living with HIV”

A Tale of 2 Integrations: Addressing Mental Health Needs of PLHIV

Melissa Sharer writes about two service models in Vietnam and Uganda — one integrating HIV into mental health services, the other integrating mental health into HIV services. What did we learn when visiting both these sites a world away? People living with HIV (PLHIV) benefit from services that recognize how mental health and physical well-being work together to improve quality of life. Depression and anxiety are just as common among people living with HIV as those without. And when service providers are armed with skills in both mental health and HIV, they can offer holistic, much-needed support to PLHIV.

Coffee, Popcorn, Soup and HIV: Reducing vulnerability to malnutrition and food insecurity among households affected by HIV in Ethiopia

It is 11:00 a.m. at the antiretroviral therapy (ART) unit of Gandhi Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Women have been arriving slowly over the last two hours for their monthly coffee ceremony discussion. The reception area is transformed—condoms and pamphlets swept off the table to make way for a colorful tablecloth and a bowl of flowers. Popcorn is popping, coffee brewing, and the aromas of coffee, popcorn, and incense mingle in the air. Smiles appear on the women’s faces as they enter the room and rekindle their monthly friendships.

Integrating Family Planning, HIV, and MNCH Services in Ethiopia and Kenya

By Ed Scholl, AIDSTAR-One Project Director,  AIDSTAR-One is funded by USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and provides rapid technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs and promotes new leadership in the global campaign against HIV.   Alice arrives at a health center in Western … Continue reading “Integrating Family Planning, HIV, and MNCH Services in Ethiopia and Kenya”