The Adolescent Innovations Project

The Adolescent Innovations Project

The Adolescent Innovations Project

Wits RHI’s USAID-funded Adolescent Innovations Project (AIP), in collaboration with the Department of Health, developed, implemented
and evaluated an integrated model of care focused on achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for adolescents and young people ages 10-24 years. The AIP model and related innovations in care were planned and implemented in 2012-2018 in primary healthcare facilities in two health sub-districts in South Africa:

sub-District F of the City of Johannesburg and the Matlosana health
sub-District of the Dr.Kenneth Kaunda Health District, North West Province.

The AIP model comprises:

  • Implementing adolescent and youth friendly services (AYFS) in primary health care facilities through training and mentoring of facilitystaff, quality improvement initiatives, and regular assessment of AYFS provision.
  • Targeted HIV testing services focused on leveraging facility service entry points and out of facility testing activities.
  • An HIV status-neutral approach to referral and care, offering HIV prevention services, including PrEP, for HIV-uninfected patients and referral to care and treatment for HIV-infected patients.
  • Active linkage and return to care though trained peer navigator/linkage officers called Health Connectors.
  • An adherence and retention focused differentiated care model–Youth Care Clubs -integrating psychosocial and clinical care and streamlining clinical visits.

More information and resources from the AIP about best practices for working with adolescents and young people and resources to support and guide your implementation of AIP innovations are available for free to download from:

www.AIPbestpractices.com

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