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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NASTAD Releases 2014 Online AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Formulary Database

For immediate release: June 10, 2014

Contact: Britten Pund, 202-434-8044, bpund@NASTAD.org

Washington, DC – Today, the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released the 2014 Online AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Formulary Database (the Database) and accompanying User’s Guide. The Database details ADAP coverage of medications both individually and by drug class, marking the first time state-by-state ADAP formulary coverage data has been made publicly available in an online searchable format. NASTAD receives frequent requests regarding individual states’ formulary composition. This newly-released online format provides a method to query this data. Medications included in the Database include antiretroviral (ARV) treatments and “A1” Opportunistic Infections (A1 OI) medications, as well as treatments for hepatitis B and C, substance use treatment medications and various vaccines and laboratory tests. The Database includes formulary information from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as of March 31, 2014. Moving forward, the Database will be updated as new information becomes available. In addition, interested parties are encouraged to contact individual ADAPs with specific questions about medication availability. Continue reading

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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“We were able to save ourselves and help others.” A Community-Based Approach to ART Adherence in Ethiopia

By Tibebe Shenie, Country Director, NASTAD Ethiopia; Anne Sites, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD; Alan Lifson, University of Minnesota and NASTAD Consultant

Produced by Ben Lifson, Lead Editor; Deborah Dillaway, Videography; Alan Lifson, Producer

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Arba Minch is a rural town in the foothills of the Rift Valley in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. In addition to the town, many people live in the surrounding villages, supporting themselves through farming and fishing. In SNNPR, the prevalence of HIV among adults is estimated at 1.5%. The Ethiopian government has made a strong commitment to provision of life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART), with 249,174 adults and 16,000 children receiving ART as of 2012. However, among those enrolling in HIV care, approximately 25% were no longer retained in care after one year.

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ACA Turns Four: Recognizing Successes and Looking Ahead

By Xavior Robinson, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

Signing of the ACAMarch 23 marked the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While it is undeniable that the ACA’s inaugural open enrollment period has had its share of challenges, it is important to recognize that the movement to ensure that all Americans have equitable access to health care transcends the technology failures of HealthCare.gov. Over the past four years, state HIV/AIDS programs have worked to adapt and innovate to meet needs of people living with HIV and co-occurring conditions in our evolving health care landscape. Through the use of innovative solutions (see Raising the Bars), support from colleagues and staff, and an enduring commitment to the broader public health imperative presented by HIV, state AIDS directors have leveraged the ACA to achieve remarkable results, including: Continue reading