JSI Authors Outline Best Practices for Person-Centered HIV Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 12th, 2022 | News

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Despite being home to only 12% of the world’s population, 71% of people living with HIV live in sub-Saharan African countries. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced additional barriers to achieving the UNAIDS Global Strategy to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

A recent journal article, written by JSI’s Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases staff and colleagues Malia Duffy, Caitlin Madevu-Matson, Jessica Posner, Hana Zwick, Melissa Sharer, and Antonia Powell, examines person-centered care (PCC), an approach that can lead to clinical improvements across the HIV care continuum. PCC engages individuals, families, and diverse communities in the planning and provision of supportive and culturally appropriate health care services.

The authors conducted a systematic review to define the main features of PCC in sub-Saharan Africa and developed a framework for interventions to improve linkages to HIV care, treatment retention, and viral suppression. The major domains include staffing, service delivery standards, feedback mechanisms, service efficiency and integration, and direct client support.

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