IntraHealth Innovations in HIV/AIDS
“Just as the HIV epidemic has changed the world, organizations like IntraHealth have adapted and evolved to meet the changing needs of health workers and the people they serve.” -Pape Gaye, president and CEO
In Zambia and Ethiopia, counselors go door-to-door, providing services in the privacy of villagers’ homes. Traveling doctors in Rwanda support nurses to treat AIDS patients in remote areas. In Southern Sudan, soldiers promote HIV awareness and prevention. And in Tanzania, patients have the opportunity to receive HIV counseling and testing while visiting health facilities for outpatient services and through mobile services.
Led by Karen Blyth, director of HIV/AIDS programs, IntraHealth’s HIV/AIDS work is driven by a commitment to provider-initiated, client-centered care that integrates HIV/AIDS services with other services people need, including comprehensive reproductive health care, nutritional support, and treatment of other diseases such as tuberculosis. At the center of IntraHealth’s approach is collaboration with local leaders and a variety of health workers—from village volunteers to doctors— to figure out the best ways to design programs that reach more people with prevention, treatment, and care services.
Through health services supported by IntraHealth this past year, 511,900 individuals received HIV counseling, testing, and test results, and 29,200 HIV-positive individuals received antiretroviral treatment.
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Download the HIV/AIDS portfolio review [July 2010 | PDF 706 KB] for more information on IntraHealth’s approaches and results in 19 countries, including: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Panama, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia