Building Human Resource Capacity to Support Prevention, Care, and Treatment: Strategic Information and Other HIV/AIDS Programs

Overview 

URC is working with the Ministry of Health, Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care, to improve the quality and use of HIV prevention and care services and strengthen the delivery of routine HIV-testing strategies. The project is evaluating existing programs and provides support to improve diagnosis and treatment services for multi-drug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Key Activities

  • Assist facilities in improving the quality of routine HIV-testing and post-test counseling
  • Conduct evaluations of current programmatic support and behavior change communication strategies
  • Expand access to high-quality child and adolescent counseling and testing services
  • Collect data on the epidemiology of support activities to reduce hazardous drinking and develop youth-targeted behavior change interventions 
  • Implement intervention strategies in the Palapye and Letlhakeng districts as a result of conducting a situational assessment of alcohol use and abuse and programmatic responses in these districts

Achievements

  • Provided technical support for development of a model for countrywide expansion of routine HIV-testing strategies
  • Helped to develop guidelines for Child and Adolescent Counseling and Testing for HIV
  • Evaluated PEPFAR-supported training programs in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS
  • Trained over 100 service providers in screening, brief interventions, and referral for harmful alcohol use
Duration
2008 to 2014
Funders 
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Partners 
Catholic Relief Services
Nurses Association of Botswana (NAB)
Botswana Red Cross Society
Rutgers François-Xavier Bagnoud Center
Regions/ Countries