In this issue of the research Digest, we have assembled 86 abstracts published in July and August 2019 that feature evidence from Botswana (4), Burundi (1), Democratic Republic of Congo (1), Eswatini (3), Lesotho (4), Malawi (3), Mozambique (7), South Africa (51), Zambia (10) and Zimbabwe (9). Abstracts are grouped into linked categories to make browsing easier: Advocates (1); Health care providers (14); implementers and programmers (37); lay health workers (2); policymakers and government officials (1); and researchers (31).
Getting good information about how many people are in treatment for HIV/AIDS is important for any country. In Burundi, a recent study assessed available client data at a sample of facilities providing antiretroviral therapy.
The LINKAGES project first started working in Burundi in August 2016 to reduce HIV transmission among key populations and improve their enrollment and retention in care and treatment. Within the past three years, LINKAGES Burundi has consistently experienced high rates of linking newly diagnosed HIV-positive female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender people to care and treatment. Between the first quarter of FY18 and the second quarter of FY19, the average rates for linkage to antiretroviral treatment were 98 percent among FSWs, 96 percent among MSM, and 100 percent among transgender people. This blog outlines the five “secrets” LINKAGES Burundi credits for their success.
The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) delivers life-saving services to people affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 36 country and regional programs. Founded in 2003, PEPFAR is the largest investment in combating a single disease by a single country in history.
Are you familiar with the basic concepts of good nutrition? How does nutrition affect maternal and child health? What are common nutritional deficiencies, vulnerable groups, and the causes of undernutrition?
High quality data are needed to inform, monitor, and manage HIV/AIDS programs. This course will help participants understand what data quality is, why it is important, and what programs can do to improve it.
Purpose: PEPFAR-funded programs require rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in order to determine whether they are meeting their objectives, being implemented as planned, and are efficient in terms of using resources wisely to achieve desired public health outcomes.
Purpose: The evidence is compelling – male circumcision (MC) reduces female-to-male transmission of HIV by approximately 60%. MC provides additional "back-up" protection to methods such as abstinence, being faithful/partner reduction, and using condoms.