AIDSTAR-Two Assessment Analyzes Needs of Most-at-Risk-Populations for HIV & AIDS
Report calls for integrated programming and improved monitoring and evaluation to better respond to essential needs of those at risk
BOSTON, MA – Targeted HIV & AIDS programs for most-at-risk populations are urgently needed to address the growing epidemic in Central Asia, according to a new USAID-funded report written by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, under the AIDSTAR-Two Project.
The report, "Mapping of Key HIV/AIDS Services, Assessment of their Quality, and Analysis of Gaps and Needs of Most-at-Risk Populations in Selected Sites of Kazakhstan," describes the access to and quality of services currently being provided to most-at-risk populations, particularly injection drug users, commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, former prisoners and people living with HIV & AIDS. Key findings show that HIV services in Kazakhstan are mostly delivered through vertical programs with the spectrum of services still falling behind the internationally recommended combination of interventions.
A move away from the current provision of basic HIV prevention services towards more integrated programs tailored to most-at-risk populations is required to achieve adequate access to comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment, as well as to better respond to the growing needs of these populations, according to the authors of the report. Other key recommendations include improved program monitoring systems to reduce the workload of service delivery practitioners and to ensure more focused and reliable intervention measures; wider application of a case management approach in HIV prevention, care and treatment; and better integration of HIV programs strengthening the access to a continuum of services.
Funded by USAID, the AIDSTAR-Two Project's overall objective is to contribute to stronger and more sustainable, country-led HIV & AIDS programs, organizations, and networks. The AIDSTAR-Two consortium, led by Management Sciences for Health, includes: International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Cardno Emerging Markets, USA, Ltd.; Health & Development Africa, Ltd.; Initiatives, Inc.; Save the Children Federation; and Religions for Peace.
For more information, visit www.aidstar-two.org.