Ethiopia Network for HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, & Support: Our Impact

Equbay Desta (left) in Fasti Health Center, Ethiopia. (Photo credit: MSH.)A remarkable change has happened in Fatsi Health Center in eastern Tigray, Ethiopia, in terms of patient quality of care and adherence to treatment, willingness of HIV-positive people to disclose their status and HIV/ AIDS care and treatment of family members. The number of patients who have dropped out of care or stopped taking their medicine has dropped to zero.

Dr. Belkis Giordis. Photo Credit: MSH Staff.The HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program (HCSP), funded by the US Agency for International Development, represents the largest national expansion of HIV & AIDS services at the community and health center levels in Africa. Dr. Belkis Giorgis, the program’s NGO Capacity Building/Gender Advisor, discusses how gender awareness, a focus on the family, and community involvement are essential when responding to HIV & AIDS in Ethiopia. Why is gender awareness necessary in the context of HIV & AIDS and Ethiopia?

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