W.H.O. ENHANCES HIV TREATMENT CASCADE TO IMPROVE INTERVENTIONS IN S. SUDAN

JUBA, South Sudan, The World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with South Sudan’s health ministry, has strengthened HIV treatment cascade, to improve interventions and achieve the national 90-90-90 targets, an ambitious goal to end the pandemic.

Moses Mutebi Nganda, Medical Officer at WHO, South Sudan, said, over the last decades, Juba has continued to face humanitarian crises of varying nature and intensity, weakening the health systems and thus hindering progressive coverage of health services, including HIV.

“The HIV treatment cascade is a convenient tool for assessing integrated health service delivery, for people living with HIV,” Nganda said, in a statement, issued in Juba, on Saturday.

The HIV treatment cascade, also referred to as the HIV care continuum, is a system to monitor the number of individuals living with HIV, who are actually receiving medical care and the treatment they need. The tool tracks the progress individuals make, from the initial diagnosis to achieving a very low level of HIV in the body.

According to WHO, currently, a large gap exists between the number of people who have HIV, those who are aware of their infection, those receiving effective treatment and those virally suppressed. “To improve quality of care, address gaps and increase efficiencies along the continuum for better outcome of treatment, WHO held a five-day training workshop on HIV treatment cascade,” said the UN health agency.

It said, health workers, including medical doctors and clinical officers, nurses, counsellors, pharmacist and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officers, reviewed and identified the HIV care cascades, programmatic gaps and support facilities, with practical approaches to strengthening M&E systems.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK