HIV Case-based Surveillance in Haiti: Partnering for an Effective and Successful Response to the HIV Epidemic

By Edna Pierre, National HIV Surveillance Coordinator, NASTAD Haiti

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Edna Pierre, National HIV Surveillance Coordinator, NASTAD Haiti

Early in the national response to the HIV epidemic, the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) prioritized the development of strategic information systems and identified NASTAD Haiti as a key partner with the technical expertise to implement a national HIV/AIDS case based surveillance system (HASS). NASTAD Haiti has supported this collaborative, national effort since 2003. Case based surveillance (CBS) data in Haiti are critical in monitoring the trends of the HIV epidemic, characterizing affected populations, identifying needs and gaps in testing, prevention, treatment and care services, and guiding resource allocation to areas of need across the HIV Continuum of Care.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Public Health System Strengthening in Zambia

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program

Like all organizations, NASTAD Global goes through cycles – cycles of staffing, cycles of scopes of work, and cycles of funding. In 2015, we approach a convergence of these cycles, and as some new opportunities are emerging, we are also finding that some existing work must end. As of March 31, 2015, the outcomes of NASTAD Global’s HIV health systems strengthening assistance for national government partners in Zambia will have been integrated into government structures and we will close the doors to our Zambia office.

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A Conversation with Wendy Craytor, former Alaska State AIDS Director

By Anna Carroll, Manager, Global Program, NASTAD

Editor’s Note: With a very heavy heart, we share that founding NASTAD member Wendy Craytor from Alaska died on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Wendy was delivering a workshop for NASTAD’s Global program with Gen Meredith and Anna Carroll in Guyana when she suffered a major heart attack and stroke. Gen and Anna never left Wendy’s side and worked miracles to ensure Wendy got the best emergency response possible. In memory of Wendy, we celebrate her many contributions to NASTAD’s domestic and global programs. The following post was written in February, prior to Wendy’s passing.

Wendy Craytor served as the Alaska State HIV STD Director from 1988 – 2008. She was a founding member of NASTAD and, as such, was involved in hiring Julie Scofield, the Executive Director of NASTAD, and in establishing the organization’s early strategic directions. When the NASTAD Global Program was founded in 2002, Wendy joined one of the initial NASTAD Global teams and began providing technical assistance (TA) to one of NASTAD’s international partners.  She has continued to provide Global TA during her retirement.

Wendy Craytor

Wendy Craytor

I have been fortunate to work with Wendy in Guyana, where she has supported the NASTAD Global Program, providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health. During our last trip to Guyana, I sat down with Wendy to ask her about her experiences with NASTAD, both as an AIDS Director and as a NASTAD Global Program TA Provider. Below are edited excerpts from our conversation. Continue reading

NASTAD Botswana Featured in AllAfrica

The content of this post originally appeared in AllAfrica in January 2015.

Botswana: Balosang Preaches DMSAC Message

By Eric Raphuti

Hukuntsi — Insufficient knowledge about roles and responsibilities of District Multi-Sectoral AIDS Committee (DMSAC) among relevant stakeholders is a stumbling block to execution of its mandate, says Ms Matsae Balosang, a country manager of National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

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Raising the Bars: Addressing the Deterrent Effects of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD

RTB Post #8 GraphicNASTAD’s Global Program builds the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of regional/state public sector HIV program counterparts around the world.

The HIV Care Continuum can help to identify needs and measure progress toward stronger outcomes in achieving an AIDS-free generation. NASTAD’s Global Program works with peer public health agencies in countries around the world to strengthen the HIV Care Continuum by providing targeted training, technical assistance and supportive supervision. The previous blog posts describing how we are “Raising the Bars” can be found below: Continue reading