MSH Presented Accomplishments at International AIDS Conference in Mexico City

CAMBRIDGE, MA — A series of presentations outlining Management Sciences for Health’s successful work across the spectrum of HIV & AIDS programs was showcased at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City beginning August 4th, 2008.

John Pollock, Health Service Delivery Country Lead, and Dr. Gyuri Fritsche, Performance-based Financing Technical Director, discussed MSH’s groundbreaking results in performance-based contracting and how it has impacted the area of HIV & AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. Mr. Pollock presented on MSH work in Haiti where subsidizing HIV-positive pregnant women directly influenced adherence to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) protocols, while Dr. Fritsche discussed the outcome of purchasing HIV services in Rwanda.

An explanation of virtual programs and user guides for leadership and management highlighted the conference as well. The presentations traced MSH’s success in utilizing leadership and management concepts to assist countries in effective HIV & AIDS services. Senior Program Associate Lourdes De la Peza and Deputy Team Leader Kristin Cooney presented on behalf of the Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) Program.

Three representatives also presented on behalf of the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program in Kenya, where major improvements in the National AIDS and STI Control Programme have effectively led to the coordination of technical assistance to support antiretroviral therapy. Chief of Party Dr. Michael Thuo, Deputy Regional Technical Advisor Mary Wangai, and Senior Program Associate Josephine Maundu also outlined the progress of SPS.

The AIDS 2008 conference theme was “Universal Action Now,” emphasizing the need for continued urgency in the worldwide response to HIV & AIDS and for action on the part of all stakeholders. The largest and most diverse international meeting devoted to a single global health issue, an estimated 25,000 people participated in the event, including more than 3,000 journalists.

For more information about the International AIDS Conference (August 3–August 8), and the full schedule of events, please visit http://www.aids2008.org/.


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