HIV and TB
While steady progress has been made in the HIV pandemic, women are still disproportionately affected in many countries where MCSP works, especially adolescent girls and young women. In sub-Saharan Africa, women accounted for 56% of new HIV infections among adults. The Program is contributing to the global goal of ending the AIDS and TB epidemics by increasing access to prevention, treatment, care and support services. We assist governments throughout the region to ensure that HIV testing and treatment is afforded to women and their children when accessing MCSP-supported maternal and child health services.
In Haiti, MCSP works to strengthen the quality of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services in 45 PEPFAR-supported facilities. The Program also supports community-based services with a focus on retention and care for all people living with HIV in the SSQH network. We focus on supporting the increased efficiency of HIV testing to ensure those most at risk to be living with the virus are identified early and offered antiretroviral therapy (ART). Gender-specific barriers to uptake and adherence to treatment are addressed through ensuring peer education and support are culturally relevant.
In Namibia, the Program supports efforts in PEPFAR priority regions to achieve high rates of targeted HIV testing and counseling through the Health Extension Program (HEP), with active linkages to care and treatment in the community. MCSP will continue to focus on 16 health districts in 7 of the country’s 14 regions (Kavango, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Khomas), areas selected on the basis of population density and high HIV prevalence rates.
The Program’s support will expand access to and improve the quality of integrated HIV/sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young women in Namibia Planned Parenthood Association clinic catchment areas. MCSP will also support progress towards UNAIDS’ 90:90:90 goals by continuing to strengthen health extension services for vulnerable populations — including children, adolescents and young women — and using the Health Extension Program (HEP) platform to integrate community-based HIV testing and counseling services, including partner tracing and community ART refill services.
To download MCSP’s HIV and TB fact sheet, click here.