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Entries in HIV and AIDS (134)

Thursday
Aug022012

Integrated HIV Services: Strengthening Health System to Maximize HIV Care and Support in North East India

Catholic Relief Services supports partners through Project LIFE AID to operate Positive Living Centers. The centers provide HIV care and support services. The initiative has expanded integrated services by combining resources with government-supported Drop-In Centers. The result is a facility with more comprehensive services for the HIV-positive communities in North East India.

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Monday
Jul232012

Effects of a Faithfulness-Focused Curriculum on Couples From Three Regions in Uganda

In Uganda and many other African countries, it is common for new HIV infections to occur within marriages. However, relatively few prevention programs focus on the couple as a unit of behavior change. This evaluation describes how the Faithful House program has helped couples in Uganda.

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Monday
Jul232012

Effects of a Faithfulness-Focused Curriculum on HIV-Positive Couples From Four Regions in Ethiopia

Currently, Positive Health, Dignity, and Prevention models focus primarily on the individual. The Faithful House curriculum was tailored to focus on strengthening the relationships of couples living with HIV. This evaluation contributes to the evidence base for couples-centered programming.

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Monday
Jul232012

The Faithful House and Uganda's National Campaign: "Go Together, Know Together"

This evaluation documents the results of the Faithful House program in Uganda. It gives special attention to the indicators and outcomes that support Uganda's national campaign to promote couples' HIV counseling and testing.

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Monday
Jul232012

Impact of a Faithfulness-Focused Curriculum on Couples From Three Regions in Ethiopia

Even though a large share of new HIV infections in many African countries
occurs within marriages or cohabiting relationships, there are relatively few prevention programs specifically focused on the couple as a unit of behavior change. This evaluation was conducted in Ethiopia to determine the long-term effects of the Faithful House program.

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Monday
Jul232012

Effects of a Values-Based Curriculum on Couples From Northwest Cameroon

CRS conducted this evaluation to measure the effectiveness of a three-day Faithful House workshop in Northwest Cameroon. The evaluation found that attendance at the workshop had a sustained effect on relevant perceptions and attitudes.

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Sunday
Jul222012

Effects of Faithfulness-Focused Curriculum on Couples From Three Countries in Africa

Effects of Faithfulness-Focused Curriculum on Couples From Three Countries in Africa   

CRS conducted this evaluation to measure the effectiveness of The Faithful House in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Uganda. The evaluation found that couples who participated in the program retained positive attitudes and behaviors that reduce HIV risk.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

AIDSRelief Nigeria: Strengthening Local Health Networks for Sustainable HIV Care and Treatment

From 2004 to 2012, AIDSRelief Nigeria provided HIV care and treatment to more than 100,000 people through a network of 34 health facilities. During that time, nearly every program activity emphasized strengthening health systems. This new case study outlines AIDSRelief’s contributions to strengthening health systems for HIV services in Nigeria.

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Monday
May142012

The AIDSRelief Zambia Partnership: Transitioning to the Churches Health Association of Zambia

This case study – the third in a series – documents transition of the AIDSRelief antiretroviral treatment program to the Churches Health Association of Zambia. It is hoped that the case studies will assist other implementers as they embark on the road to transition.

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Friday
Apr202012

Achieving Sustainability in HIV Care and Treatment Programs Using the AIDSRelief Site Capacity Assessment (SCA) Tool: The Experience of AIDSRelief Ethiopia

The Site Capacity Assessment tool developed by AIDSRelief lists a set of indicators related to capacity in twelve program components that are critical to delivering quality care and treatment in a consistent and sustainable way. An initial SCA was conducted in February 2010 at St. Luke Hospital in Ethiopia.  This paper documents results and lessons learned.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Male Involvement in Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) Program in Southwest Shoa Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

As part of Continuous Quality Improvement, AIDSRelief Ethiopia identified low male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs and decided to implement a Small Tests of Change approach designed to increase male testing. Strategies that were successful in increasing male partner testing included (1) educating providers of the importance of male partner involvement and its impacts on the mothers’ wellbeing and babies’ outcomes, (2)intensified use of partners “invitation cards” and (3) repeated requests for male partner testing at each health providers’ encounter with the mothers.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Impact of a Horizontal Approach in Vertical Program: The Experience of AIDSRelief Ethiopia in Strengthening Laboratory Diagnostic Capacity

AIDSRelief Ethiopia supported six health facility laboratories in providing essential HIV services with the goal of strengthening the overall laboratory capacity.  Laboratory Quality Improvement Tools (LQITs) were created for rapid identification of service gaps. Based on assessment findings, AIDSRelief adopted a multi-faceted strategy to improve laboratory performance in these areas: systems support, infrastructure and material support, and human resource capacity support.

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Thursday
Apr192012

A Sustainable Approach to Strengthening Continuity of HIV Care and Treatment Services by Linking Hospitals to Health Centers

Hospitals, health centers and community-level support need to be systematically linked to optimize patient outcomes through monitoring and prevention of loss to follow-up. AIDSRelief Ethiopia implemented its care delivery model that links hospitals, health centers and the community, at St. Luke hospital and its surrounding five government health centers. The model and lessons learned are documented here.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Fostering Integration of Data Demand and Information Use (DDIU) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in HIV Care and Treatment

AIDSRelief Ethiopia supported DDIU and CQI activities in six health facilities to assist them in taking ownership of their data and to analyze, share and use their data to drive decisions and quality improvement initiatives in all program areas. The DDIU and CQI approach and results are documented by AIDSRelief Ethiopia in this paper.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Community-Based Treatment Services (CBTS): The Ethiopia Experience

The AIDSRelief Care and Treatment Model incorporates Community-Based Treatment Services (CBTS) that provide the essential link between activities at the health facilities and those within the community. This paper documents the successes, challenges and lessons learned of AIDSRelief Ethiopia in providing CBTS to HIV patients through the mobilization of adherence case managers, adherence supporters and community volunteers.

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