Working in Haiti to Strengthen Perinatal HIV Surveillance from the Ground Up

By Dr Nadjy Joseph, PMTCT Surveillance Manager, NASTAD Haiti and Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD

Over the past several years NASTAD has worked with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MoH) to establish one of the few functioning HIV/AIDS case based surveillance systems in the developing world. This system, in place since 2008, has significantly strengthened the MoH’s ability to understand and respond to the national epidemic. However, the reporting of infected pregnant women, HIV-exposed infants and confirmed mother-to-child transmission has not always been complete and timely, which has made it difficult for public health officials to respond to the epidemic in this population. Continue reading

Creating a Cross-Continental Exchange of Knowledge to Support Young Women in Ethiopia

By Birhan Mengistu, Senior HIV Mainstreaming Specialist, NASTAD Ethiopia and Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD

Birhan Mengistu, Senior HIV Mainstreaming Specialist, NASTAD Ethiopia

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

NASTAD Supports Leadership Development for Botswana’s District AIDS Coordinators

Michelle Batchelor, Senior Manager, Global Program, NASTAD

ALDP Master Trainers and Participants

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

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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