By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD
NASTAD 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 to “raise the bars”. The HIV Care Continuum is a tool that helps 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 generation. Continue reading
By Tibebe Shenie, Country Director, NASTAD Ethiopia and Anne Sites, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD
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).
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
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.