NASTAD Haiti Celebrates 10 Years!

By Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD

NASTAD Haiti staff celebrate NASTAD’s 10th Anniversary

NASTAD Haiti staff celebrate NASTAD’s 10th Anniversary Commemoration at our office in Port-au-Prince.

In 2003, a small cohort of NASTAD technical assistance providers visited Port-au-Prince, Haiti to explore the possibility of providing support to the Haiti Ministry of Health (MoH) as it developed its HIV surveillance system. Over the following years, NASTAD partnered with the MoH to design, pilot, and implement one of the few, high-functioning case surveillance systems in the developing world. Today, after ten years of successful collaboration, NASTAD Haiti has an office in Port-au-Prince staffed by 10 local public health practitioners, and has expanded its work to support not only HIV case based surveillance but also enhanced perinatal surveillance of HIV-positive pregnant women and their HIV-exposed babies, and surveillance of HIV/TB co-infection.

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Strengthening the HIV Continuum of Care in South Africa

By Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD

NASTAD staff visit the Hlalanikahle Clinic with Mpumalanga Department of Health Staff, the Health Facility Manager and Facility Based Support Group Facilitators

NASTAD staff visit the Hlalanikahle Clinic with Mpumalanga Department of Health Staff, the Health Facility Manager and Facility Based Support Group Facilitators

Since 2002, the number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries has increased dramatically, from 300,000 in 2002 to 9.7 million in 2012. Despite this striking improvement, this represents only 34% of people currently eligible for ART under the 2013 WHO guidelines.

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Global Program has worked hard to reduce this massive treatment gap in South Africa, where an estimated 5.6 million people are living with HIV and AIDS, the greatest number of people in any country worldwide. In 2009, the South African government initiated the Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT) Program as one important component of its national response to the HIV epidemic. As a primary partner to provincial departments of health in South Africa, NASTAD began working in partnership with the Free State and Mpumalanga Provincial Departments of Health (PDoH) to support the implementation and development of I ACT in these provinces. Continue reading

NASTAD Helps Develop One of the Few Functioning HIV/AIDS Case Surveillance Systems in the Developing World

By Mark Griswold, Manager, NASTAD Global Program

NASTAD in HaitiOver the past nine years, NASTAD has worked with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop and implement HIV case surveillance in Haiti. This collaboration has resulted in the establishment of one of the few functioning HIV/AIDS case surveillance systems in the developing world.

As the quality and representativeness of Haiti’s case data have improved over time, so, too, have the possibilities for detailed, high quality data analyses. NASTAD held the second of a series of trainings to support and mentor Haiti’s MOH staff to analyze and interpret case surveillance data. The training was held in Port-au-Prince and attended by public health professionals throughout the country. Consistent with the priorities of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), these trainings seek to strengthen local public health capacity and encourage use of scientific data for monitoring, evaluation and decision-making. Continue reading

NASTAD Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Global Partnerships with Launch of New Training Program in Botswana

By Lucy Slater, Director, NASTAD Global Program

NASTAD Partners with Government of BotswanaNASTAD is working with the Botswana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG) and the CDC Sustainable Management Development Program (SMDP) to develop the Applied Leadership Development Program for HIV and AIDS Coordination for District AIDS Coordinators (DACs). As we discussed in a previous blog post, in Botswana, DACs are critical to the management and coordination of the district-level response to HIV. This program is designed to develop the capacity of the Botswana government to equip AIDS Coordinators with the essential public health management competencies and confidence needed to effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their communities.

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NASTAD Rolls Out Applied Public Health Program Management Training in Botswana

By Michelle Bachelor, Senior Manager, NASTAD Global Program

Michelle BachelorLast fall, we rolled out a much anticipated public health management training curriculum for District AIDS Coordinators (DACs) in Botswana. The training was developed in collaboration with NASTAD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sustainable Management Development Program (CDC-SMDP). The Applied Public Health Program Management Training (APHPMT) provides a standardized process for assessing program manager roles and responsibilities, and tailoring public health management training to address identified gaps in public health management competencies. Continue reading