IntraHealth led the USAID HIV/AIDS Clinical Services Program (HCSP), which supported 60 health facilities in the districts of Gasabo, Gicumbi, Nyagatare, and Rulindo, to deliver comprehensive HIV/AIDS clinical and prevention services. HCSP provided care directly and built health workers’ capacity, while also strengthening the health system and enhancing the work environment.
The project supported a full range of integrated core clinical HIV/AIDS services including prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), voluntary counseling and testing, antiretroviral therapy (ART), TB/HIV, and palliative care. Key achievements included:
Reaching more than 114,000 pregnant women over five years with prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services
Providing ART to over 7,450 clients, including 541 children
Creating an innovative strategy to invite male partners of women in antenatal care to be tested for HIV, achieving high rates of participation (>90%)
Introducing integrated client registries to ensure recording of HIV/AIDS and family planning service provision at each facility entry point
Effectively integrating family planning and safe motherhood counseling into the PMTCT service package to address primary prevention of HIV infection and prevent unintended pregnancies among women infected with HIV.
Assisting the government to develop its national palliative care policy, one of the first such policies among low- and middle-income countries.
Partners on this IntraHealth-led program included the Ministry of Health; the Rwandan districts of Gasabo, Gicumbi, Nyagatare, and Rulindo; University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases; and Mildmay International.