Mike Farabaugh: I began working in HIV when…

In 2000 I joined a volunteer program and began to work with a local NGO in Tanzania. My prior professional experience had been as a Teach For America corps member/school teacher in Texas and helping to resettle newly arrived refugees in Vermont. So I figured that I’d use one of the two professional interests in my work in Tanzania.

It’s About the People: To achieve sustainable success we still need to better understand behavioral and structural issues in HIV programming

The International AIDS Conference ended two weeks ago. After reclaiming front page and radio feature status during the conference, HIV has begun to fade from the news cycle. Already, HIV has once again slipped off the front pages of the paper and isn’t a featured story on morning radio shows.

A new perspective on sustainability

I’m an info guy. I like data, and I came to the conference to present on our monitoring work through the ESI Project, collecting data for PEPFAR to make informed programmatic decisions. There was a lot of interest overall, and we got a lot of interesting questions: about sustainability, about how the data we collect is actually used to inform planning, in practice.

Using Our Competencies and Compassion to Defeat HIV

Elena Thomas Faulkner, JSI, shares how this year’s USCA challenges us to move forward in the fight against HIV “with new hope and energy” and why we must remember that we can’t eliminate HIV without continuing to address the stigma and challenges that have nothing to do with the exciting emerging science of HIV treatment. The focus on the most vulnerable, and the competencies, compassion, and advocacy that have brought us this far in the fight are just as important as we move toward a future in which HIV is defeated.

On the road with SCMS, Part One: In Nigeria, PEPFAR partners pool procurement of life-saving commodities

In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. On a documentation tour of Nigeria earlier this month, I visited sites in four states plus the capital, Abuja, to document the progress … Continue reading “On the road with SCMS, Part One: In Nigeria, PEPFAR partners pool procurement of life-saving commodities”

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.