HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS

Panax experts have extensive experience of Strengthening health systems as a response to the HIV epidemic. Panax experts have built the capacity of public and private sector organizations to implement innovative HIV, prevention, care and treatment interventions. Panax expert’s work addresses all elements of the health system: service delivery; leadership and governance; medical products and pharmaceuticals, vaccines and technologies; health financing; health information and human resources. Panax has the expertise to decentralize care from federal to local level, to increase access to quality services. And, integrate HIV care with other disease programming to expand value for money.

CARE, TREATMENT, AND SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN INFECTED OR AFFECTED BY HIV & AIDS

An estimated 3.4 million children are living with HIV and 1,000 more are infected each day. HIV is more aggressive in children, with half of them dying before the age of two. Although improved prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programming has helped to reduce the number of HIV infections in children, there are still large numbers of children without access to proper HIV care and treatment, particularly in resource-limited settings. In response to the low uptake of HIV services among children, Panax professionals have experience of working with partners at programmatic and policy levels to scale up innovative programming and influence policy to minimize the impact of HIV on children, including orphans and vulnerable children. Also playing an active role in efforts for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mother and Children.

NETWORK FOR HIV/AIDS TREATMENT, CARE, AND SUPPORT

Pediatric HIV care is an important component, Panax experts have worked in projects which enrolled HIV positive children on antiretroviral therapy (ART), referrals, routine immunizations, nutritional status monitoring, and insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria. By training clinical mentors in pediatric HIV care, Panax experts have equipped the majority of ART centers to provide HIV services to children.

HIV SERVICE DELIVERY

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has dramatically reduced HIV transmission, morbidity and mortality, and improved quality of life for millions of people. Panax experts have extensive experience of HIV care and treatment to infected people. We have experience of design and implementing strategies to strengthen pharmaceutical management, build staff capacity, and decentralize HIV & AIDS services from tertiary care centers to local health outlets. Our team also develops approaches to optimize ART regimes, which has increased efficiencies and resulted in better patient care.
Panax has the capacity to; build health system capacity by identifying and implementing service delivery best practices; addressing challenges faced by providers and patients; evaluate the relationship between HIV, TB, and maternal mortality to increase service delivery integration and efficiency; decentralizing HIV services and building the capacity of indigenous health systems; scaled up integrated HIV & AIDS services at health centers; and also established linkages and integrated health and social services to strengthen health systems, referral networks, and evidence-based decision making; working closely with Ministry of Health and through district health management teams, district councils, health facilities, and communities to decentralize quality care and increase access to and utilization of comprehensive HIV and TB services.
Panax experts are well versed with HIV programming; importance of government partnerships; local ownership; comprehensive support; and capacity-building as key strategies for providing integrated, sustainable high-quality HIV & AIDS care. Additionally, the strategic importance of; complementing the national response with evidence-based service delivery strategies designed to reach underserved populations and meet national program goals; building the capacity of state ministries of health and health facility multi-disciplinary teams; supporting strong collaboration among all health sector partners.

PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV (PMTCT)

CREATING SUSTAINABLE HIV PROGRAMS THROUGH TRANSITION PLANNING

In recent years, the mission of the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has evolved from an emergency response to one that supports sustainable HIV & AIDS programming in the developing world. This change involves shifting funds from direct service delivery to technical assistance, capacity building, and systems strengthening. To enhance program sustainability, donors and implementers are also supporting more country-driven national HIV programs, rather than programs managed by implementing agencies. Panax experts are well versed in supporting these changes by working with governments and civil society to ensure greater country ownership of HIV programs and greater local technical and financial management of national HIV activities.
Panax experts have been involved in the efforts to; maximize program efficiency and coverage by consolidating HIV treatment activities; create program teams consisting of government, civil society, and implementing partner representatives; building the capacity of public, private, and community sectors to support sustainable HIV & AIDS and TB control programs that are efficiently integrated with the health system. Panax experts have worked in close collaboration with the National and Provincial AIDS Control Programs, and local NGOs to transfer technical expertise to local entities and community based organizations that assume program responsibility. In addition, AIDS Control Programs to ensure that all programmatic functions, community activities, and structures are sustained throughout the transition process.
Panax has extensive experience in creating an evidence-based approach to transitioning HIV programs to host governments by focusing on the following three areas; Leadership: support transition policies and processes at central and provincial levels; Human Resources: support capacity to plan and implement effective human resource transition; Finance: support funding options for an efficient and sustainable HIV & AIDS response.

INTEGRATION OF HIV AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES

MOST-AT-RISK POPULATIONS (MARPS)

In the context of HIV programming, Most-At-Risk Populations (MARPs), including sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injection drug-users, bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic. These populations are often marginalized in ways that make accessing care and treatment more difficult than for most others. MARPs programming focuses on increasing access to HIV care and treatment services for vulnerable populations by decreasing barriers to such services and introducing innovative, effective approaches to HIV prevention among MARPs.
Panax has technical expertise that can help and support in developing and implementing sustainable MARPs prevention and care activities. Panax can support build organizational capacity development to enhance implementation of HIV & AIDS programs for MARPs at the community level. Panax experts have extensive experience of programs focusing on; outreach to MARPs and support for needle exchange programs, and voluntary HIV counseling and testing; MARPs programming for risk reduction through prevention interventions, awareness activities, and improved access to health services; sensitization of health providers about the unique needs of MARPs, which create enabling environment for these individual to access HIV testing, treatment, and care; recruit and train social workers to help sex workers assess their individual risks and develop personalized risk-reduction plans; and conduct regular counseling with sex workers and their clients to ensure better adherence to safe practices; improve access to quality HIV & AIDS and TB services; design and deliver targeted outreach to MARPs, primarily sex workers, fishermen, and long distance truckers; tailored activities to promote voluntary testing and counseling and referrals to care.