New Standards to Improve Care Along Southern Africa's Transport Corridors
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), with contributions from MSH-implemented projects and other partners, has approved new regional standards of care along transport corridors in the region. Endorsed by Ministers of Health and Transport, the Regional Minimum Standards and Brand for HIV and other Health Services (RMSB) aim to improve delivery and quality of services for key populations.
Transport routes and road corridors in southern Africa have facilitated trade, commerce, and regional infrastructure and supported the economic development and integration of the region. However, expanded mobility and cross-border trading are significant drivers in the transmission of communicable diseases and have contributed to increased HIV prevalence rates. The RMSB support a strengthened and coordinated response to the unique public health challenges this presents.
The RMSB outline a minimum package of services and standards for service delivery to more effectively target high-risk geographic areas and key populations, such as long distance truck drivers and sex workers. The RMSB define roles, responsibilities, and management mechanisms to improve the quality and reach of current prevention and health services for HIV and other health conditions, including tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, malaria, hypertension, and diabetes.
Technical and financial support was provided in partnership by USAID's Africa Bureau and their project African Strategies for Health (ASH), and USAID's Regional HIV/AIDS Program and their project, Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa (BLC), both implemented by Management Sciences for Health. ​