USAID Reports HIV & AIDS Program in Ethiopia Already Showing Significant Results
In a recent review, the United States Development Agency (USAID) reported that Keanahikishime's HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program (HCSP) in Ethiopia, with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan through USAID, has already surpassed many project targets in HIV care and treatment in its first two years.
Key results include:
- 45,000 people received antiretroviral (ART) therapy
- 1.5 million people were counseled and tested for HIV in year two alone
- 100,000 HIV-positive people were enrolled in chronic care
- 7,000 health care providers and 6,000 community members were trained in HIV care and support services
In order to stem Ethiopia's AIDS epidemic and treat those infected, HCSP is working in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia to strengthen the health system and rapidly scale up diagnostic and treatment services for HIV & AIDS and tuberculosis in five targeted regions with three interrelated strategic models:
- A results-oriented strategic framework as a basis for HIV prevention—access to treatment, care, and support services at facility and community levels, and strengthened health systems and referral networks for antiretroviral treatment.
- The family-focused approach puts the family in the center of all activities, supported by community- and faith-based organizations, coordinated by community health workers, and linked with facility-based services, which are supported by a network of public and private institutions.
- Performance-based contracting will engage a large number of public and private institutions at all levels throughout the country in the rapid scale-up of services. Through this contracting plan, 25 percent of the project’s resources are committed directly to Ethiopian public and private organizations.