Wits RHI and CDC entered into partnerships that will result in accelerated efforts to control the HIV and TB epidemics in South Africa. Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) and Tshwane District Department of Health will work together in identified facilities within sub-districts 1257 in support of the Tshwane Health District Priority area as part of Health systems strengthening (HSS)
The goal of this programme is to improve upon and expand comprehensive clinical and non-clinical differentiated HIV care and treatment services, that will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control in South Africa.
Wits RHI undertakes to support the district in the facilities initially with activities that lead to the increase in:
- the proportion of people living with HIV who know their status by expanding access to HIV testing services (e.g. index testing, mobile testing, self-screening) to different priority populations (i.e. AGYW and men) with age-appropriate and targeted approaches in the community, public and private sector facilities;
- the proportion of people living with HIV who are on treatment by supplementing DoH at high burden facilities in initiation of clients on ART to boost initiation numbers;
- the proportion of people living with HIV who are virally suppressed through comprehensive patient follow-up management
Activities will include, among others, the following:
- Preventing HIV acquisition in AGYW using preventative strategies such as PrEP and targeted mobile HTS activities
- Improve testing uptake (men, AGYW, Key Populations) using effective demand creation strategies in facilities.
- Effective and comprehensive linkage to care
- Improve TB integration and uptake of TPT
- Differentiated care models to improve retention, Viral Load Done (VLD) and Viral Load Suppression (VLS)
- Improve clinical care for children and advanced disease
- Supporting the district’s micro-plan for decanting stable patients and implementing universal test and treat (UTT).
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