Population (World Bank, 2016)
HIV Prevalence (UNAIDS, 2015)

Since 2001, NASTAD Ethiopia has worked collaboratively with the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal HAPCO, Regional Health Bureaus and Regional HAPCOs to create sustainable improvements in the government health care system’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. NASTAD Ethiopia has had a central field office in Addis Ababa since 2007 and has staff located in this central office and in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region [SNNPR]), co-located to provide direct support in implementing activities.  NASTAD Ethiopia is a key partner in national and regional efforts in:

  • Antiretroviral treatment (ART) Adherence Support
  • Utilizing community based models that are scientifically proven
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Supporting locally driven health system performance planning and monitoring
  • Strategic Information and Surveillance
  • Providing leadership in the development of HIV case based surveillance
  • Community health indicator monitoring
  • Supporting development of Partner Services and assisted partner notification

Activities & Projects

    • Linkage Support Workers for ART Adherence and Retention in Care

    • NASTAD Ethiopia collaborates with local organizations to implement ART adherence support interventions, including engagement, follow up and peer counseling, patient education, and referral for social support to people living with HIV (PLHIV).

    • Multisectoral Response Information System Implementation Support

    • NASTAD Ethiopia partners with Federal HAPCO to implement the community information system for non-clinical indicators (MRIS) for HIV prevention, care, and treatment. This system generates reliable data on community services responding to HIV.

    • Surveillance for Risk Factors, Prevalence, and Patient Outcomes

    • Coordinated, Evidence-based Planning and Management

    • NASTAD Ethiopia has provided long-term technical assistance to the Federal MoH, Federal and Regional HAPCOs, and regional health bureaus to have stronger data, and a more coordinated method to use the data to define needs, set targets, and align program implementation.

    • Community Outreach and Social Mobilization for HIV Prevention and Linkage to Care

    • NASTAD Ethiopia worked with staff from five U.S. health departments to assess regional and population-specific needs and opportunities for HIV interventions, and leveraged evidence-based prevention, education, engagement and linkage interventions, to design implementation processes.

    • ART Linkage Support Workers for Adherence and Viral Suppression

    • NASTAD Ethiopia collaborates with the University of Minnesota and the Regional Health Bureau in SNNPR to evaluate a HIV support worker intervention in a large multi-site randomized trial to compare loss to follow up among newly diagnosed HIV patients receiving linkage support worker services and those who do not. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

    • Launching Partner Services in Ethiopia

    • Enhancing Ethiopia’s strategies to notify partners of people newly diagnosed with HIV and STIs offers the opportunity to further close the gap in identifying undiagnosed people living with HIV and facilitating their access to HIV services. In April 2017, NASTAD, with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Oromia Regional and Addis Ababa City Health Bureaus, began the implementation of partner services via the development of national guidelines, healthcare worker training, and program implementation support.