The CIDRZ Adult HIV team is a dedicated group of medical doctors with special training in infectious disease, clinical officers, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and psychosocial counselors. Their work focuses on providing quality care, treatment and support services to Zambians living with HIV, and their families. The team is supported by a strong monitoring and evaluation component that ensures continuous programme data review to allow for early identification of service provision gaps and initiation of rapid remedial actions.
Our goal is to ensure that people living with HIV enjoy long, high-quality lives with minimal HIV-related illness.
Ensuring Access to Care and Appropriate Service Delivery for HIV-Infected Adults
The Adult HIV team work in Zambian government health facilities and is supported by funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).This, together with the support of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health has resulted in 401,171 adults receiving long-term care and support services. Of these 284,087 are on antiretroviral treatment. Innovative strategies to increase the reach of treatment services to those in need include integration of ART services into Tuberculosis clinic service spots, and maternal and child health settings.
‘One-stop’ comprehensive service that reduces patient movement between different specialty clinics, decreases long wait times, and provides a more holistic family-centered service.
With integrated services there are fewer referrals between different service areas, and fewer patient visit-burdens leading to improved continuum of care. CIDRZ has piloted and is rolling out the integration of ART within outpatient departments in 19 government clinics, and has trained available healthcare providers to manage not only HIV, but also other illnesses that patients in an outpatient setting may present with. This has led to a reduction in HIV stigma, as ART patients no longer need to be seen by a different set of providers in a different part of the clinic.