Raising the Bars: Supporting the Collection and Triangulation of Quality HIV Data

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD

Global Newsletter 2NASTAD’s Global Program is funded through PEPFAR to build the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of its regional/state public sector AIDS program counterparts. NASTAD strengthens the HIV Care Continuum through strong partnerships with partner ministries of health and by providing targeted training, technical assistance and supportive supervision.  Continue reading

Supporting Biological and Behavioral HIV Surveillance in The Bahamas

By Rhonda Phill, Manager, Global Program, NASTAD

“If we focus where the infections are happening by geography and population we can get to control the epidemic.” Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the 20th International AIDS Conference

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Map of the Bahamas

The emphasis on location and population is increasingly recognized as a critical strategy in the movement to achieve an AIDS Free Generation. However, as the World Health Organization (WHO) noted in its recently released guidelines, “health data, including HIV prevalence data, are less robust for key populations,” rendering it difficult to effectively target HIV prevention, treatment, and care efforts among those most at risk. Recognizing the critical importance of generating and using quality data to design evidence-based HIV interventions for key populations, NASTAD has collaborated with Ministries of Health throughout the Caribbean region, one of the regions hit hardest by the HIV epidemic, to build targeted response capacity. Continue reading

Raising the Bars: Addressing the HIV Care Continuum in Resource Constrained Settings

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD

Global Newsletter 1NASTAD works to bridge science, policy and public health in order to support a world free of HIV/AIDS. To this end, and in line with the U.S. National AIDS Strategy and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) mission, NASTAD is using the HIV Care Continuum framework as a tool to demonstrate need and measure progress toward increased access to and retention in medical care and ART as a primary means to prevent new HIV infections. NASTAD believes that by supporting all components of the HIV Care Continuum, we move closer toward achieving an AIDS-free generationContinue reading

NASTAD Supports Implementation of Information System Across Ethiopia

By Tibebe Shenie, Country Director, NASTAD Ethiopia and Anne Sites, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD

Wubshet Denboba

Wubshet Denboba, Health System Strengthening Senior Specialist, NASTAD Ethiopia

The recently released UNAIDS Gap Report highlighted many significant achievements in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, including a 13% decrease in new HIV infections and a 19% reduction in AIDS-related deaths over the past three years. But the report also emphasized that much work remains to be done to ‘close the gap’ between those who have access to life-saving services and those who do not. It is critical that Ministries of Health be able to utilize high quality HIV data to address these gaps, and to direct client-level interventions to locations and populations with the greatest need. In Ethiopia, NASTAD is contributing to this effort as it supports the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) in the implementation of a Multi-Sectoral Response Information System (MRIS).

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Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia

The content of this post originally appeared in The Roll Out, a Newsletter of CDC-Ethiopia and Partners, in December 2013.

Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in Higher Education Institutions

The Roll Out, a Newsletter of CDC-Ethiopia and Partners

Since the issue of HIV/AIDS was brought forward as one of the major health challenges of Ethiopia, lots of public and private organizations, including higher education institutions (HEI) in the country have been responding to it in many different ways. The interventions in most of these HEIs are characterized by sidelined, on the fringe activities with lack of coordination and sustainability. As HIV/AIDS continues to be a threat and constitutes a big problem among colleges and universities in Ethiopia, there is a need for comprehensive, prompt and sustainable programming. Mainstreaming brings HIV/AIDS to the center of these organizations’ agendas along with the core activities, integrating it into the main objectives of the institutions.

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