The Center for HIV and Infectious Diseases at JSI and World Education

The Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases mobilizes JSI and World Education’s state-of-the-art technical expertise from more than 300 HIV and infectious diseases projects in over 73 countries. From long-term public health priorities including HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, to emerging pandemic threats including coronavirus and Ebola, we design, implement, evaluate and support highly effective public health programs. Our work achieves immediate outcomes while considering social determinants and structural barriers, both in program design as well as during implementation. Drawing on our success in the United States and internationally, our experts strengthen health systems, support effective community-led responses, and empower people to access services and take responsibility for their health care.

From HIV to COVID-19, the Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases supports our clients with proven public health approaches to reduce the burden of pandemics, epidemics, and outbreaks. 

In FY19 (October 2018 – September 2019), JSI and World Education projects supported

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People tested for HIV
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People receiving antiretroviral therapy
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Individuals provided HIV & GBV prevention education
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Individuals newly enrolled on PrEP

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AREAS OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

From policy formulation, planning, materials development and training/technical assistance to program evaluation and dissemination, the Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases brings extensive expertise implementing and building the capacity of HIV and infectious disease programs in the United States and around the world. Domestically and globally, we implement innovative projects across the continuum of care.  
HIV
  • High-quality HIV testing services including self-testing, assisted partner notification/index testing, and recency testing
  • Innovative strategies to maximize pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)  uptake and retention
  • Increasing uptake of voluntary male medical circumcision in priority age groups
  • Tailored prevention and care services for key populations, adolescents and men
  • Data-driven approaches to strengthen ART adherence and reengage clients in care
  • Evaluating and disseminating emerging strategies across the HIV care continuum
  • Improving viral load coverage and achieving high rates of viral suppression
  • Early warning prevention and response systems that keep girls in school and HIV-free
  • Family-centered, layered approach to improve resilience among vulnerable families to cope with effects of HIV
  • Training and TA to promote systems strengthening, service integration, health care access, and service delivery planning for organizations and jurisdictions in the U.S.
  • Programmatic and policy evaluation for national and jurisdictional initiatives
Tuberculosis
  • TB detection and contact tracing in community and primary health care settings
  • Improving treatment completion rates for drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB
  • Strengthened laboratory services and TB diagnostic networks
  • Improved infection control in health care facilities and laboratories
  • Data visualizations and libraries of best practices, information, and materials for data analysis and use
  • Technical assistance and training on implementation of best practices and emerging strategies across the TB continuum
  • Data-driven insights from experts on using TB data for decision-making
  • Quality of TB Services Assessments, including customizable tools to fit different country priorities and contexts
COVID-19 and other infectious diseases
  • Building surveillance systems to track emerging outbreaks and trigger responses
  • Technical support on procurement and supply chain management to ensure the ongoing functionality of the health system
  • Supporting ministries of health to prepare for emerging pandemic threats through simulations and contingency planning 
  • Engaging communities in planning and responding with accurate, timely health information through trusted channels
  • Rolling out online in-service training for health workers to acquire critical skills quickly
  • Promoting innovative solutions to maintain jurisdictional service delivery planning infrastructure
  • Building local capacity to implement telehealth and other digital solutions, and navigate technology access barriers
Cross-cutting expertise
  • Using human-centered design and person-centered care approaches to design fit-for-purpose interventions and make mid-course corrections
  • Establishing strategic information management systems and deploying digital tools
  • Supporting timely decision making with dashboards and data visualization strategies
  • Comprehensive capacity development for local partners, including sub-grants, organizational development, and technical skill building
  • Designing robust evaluations to learn, monitor, and improve public health interventions
  • Strengthening national and local government to coordinate HIV-sensitive case management systems
  • Amplifying investments in innovative HIV strategies through public-private partnerships

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Our Approach to Person-Centered Care

People are at the center of our HIV programming across the prevention and care continuum. To ensure that the unique needs of people at risk and living with HIV are addressed, we incorporate culturally responsive, client-centered care interventions into all of our HIV programs and across the policy, structural, community, facility, and individual levels. Gender and age-sensitive human rights-based approaches form the core of our programs, driven by data to reach the right population at the right time and place with the right intervention.

SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABLE CAPACITY

JSI builds on successes and accelerates progress toward sustainable and thriving local organizations—and thus a stronger health system—by working with partners to end HIV and TB. We use an iterative co-creation approach that positions local organizations and JSI as equal partners. For more than 40 years, JSI has applied capacity development approaches and tools to strengthen local partners and communities to efficiently implement projects and achieve their collective goals.

WHERE WE WORK

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The Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases at JSI and World Education hosts a global team of experts and institutionalizes over four decades of experience and state-of-the-art resources.

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