26 Jul Poster: Communities in the Lead — The Botswana Experience with Community-Led Improvement to Achieve HIV Epidemic Control
Botswana, as one of the countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, was among the first to embrace community-centered primary health in the late 1970s. However, despite noteworthy progress in reducing HIV-related mortality and morbidity owing to the spirited antiretroviral therapy (ART) program launched in 2002, the national response has been costly and characterized by intensely vertical disease control efforts. Today, as country and partners are hoping to achieve epidemic control, they recognize the need and urgency to “deliver differently.” With more than one in five Botswanans living with the virus, there is a strong call for an integrated community perspective in the design and delivery of quality client-centered integrated HIV/AIDs services.
Under PEPFAR/Botswana, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project employed a community health system approach for Botswana’s unique context. In line with PEPFAR strategies and in collaboration with the USAID Advancing Partners and Communities project, ASSIST focused on facilitation and coaching of community (quality) improvement teams, following a systematic approach to analyze barriers along the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade to generate, test, and monitor locally relevant change ideas. HRH2030 is now building on this work in Botswana.
This poster was presented July 26, 2018 at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.
Resource Type: Other
Topic: HIV/AIDS, productivity and performanceDOWNLOAD