MSH Chosen by USAID to Lead a New HIV/AIDS Team
Under AIDSTAR, MSH leads team of organizations that provides HIV/AIDS services to field agencies worldwide
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a team of eight partner organizations in implementing AIDSTAR, an innovative new program that tailors packages of services to meet the specific needs of countries already working on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support in a range of areas including research, testing, health education, behavior change, and the distribution of antiretroviral drugs.
The MSH team is one of seven other USAID-approved consortiums working to provide up to $500 million in HIV/AIDS technical services in treatment, antiretroviral therapy (ART), stigma and discrimination issues, program-related data collection and analysis, capacity-building and systems strengthening, prevention, care and support, leadership, and knowledge management.
The MSH partner organizations in AIDSTAR are AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Boston University's Center for International Health and Development (CIHD), Howard Delafield International (HDI), I.M.A. World Health, Initiatives Inc., International Centre for Migration and Health (ICMH), Save the Children Federation, Inc., and World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP).
Bringing years of experience to HIV/AIDS technical services, the MSH consortium has crafted a distinctive approach under AIDSTAR: linking traditional health care providers with other types of care. At the heart of the MSH team model is the understanding that people living with AIDS require various services during the course of the illness. The networks created by the MSH team, for example, link hospitals and clinics to complementary services, such as family care provided at home, support groups, legal aid, food assistance, and advocacy programs that help reduce stigma and discrimination.
AIDSTAR is the acronym for AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources Contract for HIV/AIDS Technical Services. The new program was created to support U.S. Government agencies that are meeting the goals of the President's Emergency Response Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. Started in 2004, the Emergency Plan is a five-year, $15 billion multifaceted global effort to combat HIV/AIDS.
AIDSTAR is focused on making a lasting impact on HIV/AIDS in the 114 countries in which PEPFAR is operational, including 15 focus countries: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Cote D'Ivoire, Zambia, Haiti, Guyana, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Nigeria.