Care and Treatment for Sustained Support : Our Impact

All children and adolescents should have the opportunity to meet their full potential of physical, mental, and social well-being. The CaTSS OVC Direct Service Support program worked with community leaders and caregivers to re-enroll children in school who had been orphaned or affected by HIV and AIDS.

 {Photo courtesy of Sherri Haas}MSH staff at the Global Digital Health Forum 2017.Photo courtesy of Sherri Haas

Management Sciences for Health’s work across the digital health spectrum was shared at the Global Digital Health Forum 2017 (GDHF 2017) in Washington, D.C. December 4-6, 2017. The GDHF is the premier global conference on the use of digital technology for health in low- and middle-income countries. MSH is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Digital Health Network and contributed substantially to development of the conference. The theme this year was The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements, and Remaining Frontier.

SOWCHAN state representatives with CaTSS Deputy Project Director Dr. Ndulue Nwokedi (left), Acting Nigeria Country Representative Olumide Elegbe (center), and CaTSS Project Director Dr. Med Makumbi (right) at the MSH office in Ahuja.

To commemorate 2017 World AIDS Day in Nigeria, MSH supported an advocacy march by the Society for Women and Children Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (SOWCHAN) on December 1st. SOWCHAN members walked to the Nigeria National Assembly to create awareness about the challenges women and children living with HIV/AIDS face across the country.

{Photo credit: Warren Zelman}Photo credit: Warren Zelman

On this World AIDS Day, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) honors those who have been affected by HIV and AIDS and recommits to working with governments, the private sector, and communities to prevent new infections and reach all people living with HIV with high-quality, patient-centered care. As we reflect on our global successes in scaling up HIV prevention and treatment efforts and averting new infections, we stand in solidarity with the many people around the world who are still being denied their right to health.

A gender workshop participant carries out a role play as a female doctor attending to her patient with full attention.

To address gaps identified during a gender mainstreaming assessment exercise for HIV/AIDS service providers, and to accelerate achievement of gender-based violence (GBV) and gender norms targets, the Care and Treatment for Sustained Support (CaTSS) project conducted a gender mainstreaming training for CaTSS technical staff and state government counterparts.

{Photo credit: MSH Nigeria}Photo credit: MSH Nigeria

Motivated by drastic improvements in record keeping, record storage capacity, and shorter consultation times—all due to the introduction of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system—the Federal Medical Center Gusau, Zamfara has committed to scaling up the EMR system.

{ Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthournieu} Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthournieu

Narba Shenom, a 42-year-old living with HIV in Sabon Garin, Kaura Namoda, Zamfara state, could not disclose her HIV status to her husband, a peasant farmer, or to any of her husband’s other three wives, due to the fear of stigma and discrimination associated with HIV in the community. Narba’s situation was challenging because, like many women from the area, she did not work and depended solely on her husband to provide for her and their children.

 {Photo credit: Aor Ikyaabo, MSH}Representative of the Hon. Minister of Health, Mr. Arioye Segilola (right), and Dr. Zipporah Kpamor, Country Representative for MSH with other dignitaries displaying the unveiled 2016 National Guidelines on HIV/AIDS in Kaduna State, Nigeria.Photo credit: Aor Ikyaabo, MSH

On June 20, 2017, the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) hosted the launch of the North-West Zonal Dissemination of the 2016 National Guidelines for HIV Prevention Treatment and Care, in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

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