By Birhan Mengistu, Senior HIV Mainstreaming Specialist, NASTAD Ethiopia and Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD
Birhan Mengistu, Senior HIV Mainstreaming Specialist, NASTAD Ethiopia
Every hour, an estimated 50 young women are newly infected with HIV. In many areas of the world, gender inequalities make it especially difficult for women to access HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. Even basic information about HIV is unattainable; UNAIDS estimates that only 38% of young women have accurate, comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS.
This critical issue has not gone unnoticed in Ethiopia, where approximately 380,000 women over the age of 15 are living with HIV (the total population of Ethiopia is over 90 million). In 2009, we at NASTAD Ethiopia began working with the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) to identify ways to support this at-risk population. Knowing that our membership of U.S. state AIDS directors had significant experience in delivery to scale of proven effective behavioral interventions targeting high risk populations through the CDC Diffused Evidence Based Interventions (DEBIs), we leveraged their skills and training expertise to modify and adapt selected DEBIs for implementation in Ethiopia. Continue reading
Michelle Batchelor, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD
ALDP Master Trainers and Participants
This month, fourteen District AIDS Coordinators (DACs) and Assistant DACs (ADACs) gathered in Gaborone, Botswana to complete week one of the Applied Leadership Development Program (ALDP) for District HIV and AIDS Coordination Training. DACs and ADACs form the backbone of the district-level HIV response in Botswana, where an estimated 340,000 people are living with HIV. The training was hosted by the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (MLG&RD), with support and mentoring provided by NASTAD. Continue reading
By Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD
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.
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
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
By Mark Griswold, Manager, NASTAD Global Program
Over 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