Strengthening institutional capacity for treatment and care for HIV/AIDS patients
Quality and comprehensive provision of HIV/AIDS treatment will be expanded together with capacity development of nurses, health workers and doctors to provide Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and Opportunistic Infections (OI) related services to poor people living with HIV/AIDS. The introduction of a task shifting model for health workforce teams supported by an Electronic Medical Record system into the public health system addresses institutional gaps of human resources as well as quality of health services.
Sexually transmitted diseases incl. HIV/AIDS
Health systems strengthening
- 750 nurses and doctors in Zimbabwe will have an increase in skills and knowledge
- 15 public hospitals and clinics will use the nurse-led HIV response model
- 15 specialised ART units at public hospitals will use ePOC in patient management
- 4,500 people affected by HIV/AIDS will yearly benefit from ART treatment at Newlands Clinic. 40’000 PLHV will enjoy improved OI/ART services from trained health workers at other hospitals/clinics
- Increased capacity of Zimbabwe’s health workers for OI/ART service delivery through training, mentorship and clinical attachment
- Strengthened and increased access to quality and nurse-led HIV treatment and care
- Improved treatment and care data quality by implementing an electronic patient management system (ePOC) in OI/ART
- Increased survival time horizon of 4,500 patients receiving treatment and care at Newlands Clinic
- Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
- Swiss Aids Care International (SACI)
The Zimbabwean health system is recovering from a near collapse in 2007/8 when many health centres closed their doors to the public. Socio-political and economic factors posed the greatest risk to health systems. These have since stabilised and marked improvements are being experienced. However, gaps in human resources and quality of services in the health system prevail. Vacancy rates of 69% for doctors, 80% for midwives and 62% for nursing tutors are acknowledged in the National Health Strategy 2009-13. In the context of a 15% HIV prevalence rate of the population aged 15-49 the provision of quality ART services is highly relevant. The Ministry of Health acknowledges that task shifting models to increase efficiency of health workforce teams as well as improved patient data management systems will address gaps in ART care and treatment.
To improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS and reduce HIV morbidity, mortality and transmission in Zimbabwe by 2023.
Results from previous phases:
Swiss Aids Care International (SACI) has received funds from SDC HA since 2003. Within this period the Newlands Clinic was established and became a centre of excellence with regard to ART services. It developed a model of nurse- led Opportunistic Infections / Antiretroviral Therapy services and is providing needy families including child-headed households, access to ART and an improved overall quality of care. In 2012 more than 4,000 patients received free HIV/AIDS treatment. Over 440 nurses and 170 doctors received training and clinical attachments at Newlands clinic.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 2'680'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 2'623'254|
Phase 1 01.08.2013 - 31.12.2015 (Completed)