In November 2019 the Global Fund approved funding for several strategic initiatives to increase the impact of its grants. One of these initiatives targets differentiated service packages for HIV/AIDS (DSD-SI) to better adapt HIV care to different groups of people with the virus (Find out more about differentiated packages) . Solthis and EGPAF have been asked to support the implementation of this strategic initiative in Guinea. EGPAF will support the PNLSH in providing differentiated services for pregnant women, spouses and index cases, while Solthis will support services for key populations (MSM, PS and IDUs) in the HIV epidemic, for whom services are still largely insufficient to cover needs and substantially improve progress indicators.
Solthis’ support will therefore be aimed more specifically at improving screening strategies for these populations in appropriate facilities and community centres, and through the roll-out of self-testing. It will also be part of the work of recognising adapted care in community centres at national level. Finally, in addition to the key populations, Solthis will be working to analyse the issues and develop a strategic framework relating to support for care in order to improve the indicators between the 1st and 2nd 90s.
|Duration||September 2021 – December 2023|
|Source of financing||The Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria|
|Beneficiary||PNLSH and Plan International Guinea|
|Budget||691 029 US$|
This technical assistance aims to :
Strengthen community testing facilities
Design, implement and evaluate operational HIV self-testing strategies and contribute to the development of the national strategy
Strengthen linkage to care mechanisms for all people living with HIV through the production of a national strategy including a strengthening plan and dissemination materials
Strengthen the integration of HIV care in community centres for key populations and the recognition of this offer.
Improve HIV care services in health centres.
The main expected results include
A situational analysis and a plan to improve screening for key populations have been drawn up
A national strategy for HIV self-testing has been drawn up and a nationwide roll-out has been initiated.
A national strategy to strengthen the link to care has been developed, together with an operational plan and materials to disseminate the strategy.
A situational analysis and a plan to strengthen HIV care for key populations in community health centres have been carried out, the skills of community health centre staff have been strengthened through on-site mentoring activities, and the quality of care has been improved.