NASTAD is collaborating with the Guyana Ministry of Health (MoH) to reinforce and expand the country’s case-based HIV surveillance system. Though an HIV case reporting system has been in place for many years, it was underutilized and outdated, as compared with World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) guidance. With NASTAD’s support, the MoH has successfully piloted a revised HIV case report form, trained staff at reporting facilities around the country, and launched the new system. The new system captures incident HIV diagnoses, as well as prevalent cases and disease progression, as voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) sites, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) sites, and care and treatment (C&T) sites are reporting on key sentinel events.
Over the next year, NASTAD will be working with the MoH to review and analyze the case report data, and to undertake data triangulation exercises in order to successfully profile the HIV epidemic in Guyana. NASTAD will also support an Applied Leadership and Management Training in order to develop a cadre of strong public health managers who can interpret and implement national public health guidance, manage quality public health programs, and collect, report, and use quality public health data for planning, monitoring, and evaluation. Read the full country profile.
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