In October 2016, the Government of Tanzania adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Treat All recommendations. The adoption of WHO recommendations, coupled with the Government of Tanzania’s acceptance of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets represents a significant commitment to the fight against HIV in Tanzania.
I-TECH and the International AIDS Society (IAS) are providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in Tanzania to facilitate adoption of differentiated care to support the implementation of Treat All. IAS defines differentiated care as a “client-centered approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services along the cascade of care to reflect the preferences and expectations of various groups of PLHIV.”
I-TECH led a recently released mapping report, “HIV Service Delivery Models: Mapping HIV Service Delivery Strategies in Tanzania,” which describes the current challenges and successful models of HIV service delivery implemented across the country. This process helped generate recommendations for the implementation of differentiated HIV care in the country to guide the revision of national guidelines for HIV management.
I-TECH is also providing support to the development of tools and dissemination strategy for the implementation of these models. By October 2017, national tools will available to operationalize differentiated care, and to support national and regional programs to implement targeted models of HIV service delivery to address the specific needs of the population they serve. The tools are designed to guide and inform decision-making and implementation; regional health governments/departments will decide and implement the ART service delivery model that best meets their needs.
- International AIDS Society (IAS). http://www.differentiatedcare.org/