Reaching the most vulnerable and at-risk since 2009.
- As of January 2019, more than 20,000 men and boys received voluntary medical male circumcision services, thereby benefiting from this procedure’s protective effect against HIV infection. In addition, almost 13,200 of them were tested for HIV.
- With support from the Maternal and Child Survival Program, the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) improved the quality of their HIV and sexual and reproductive health services and expanded access to care while refocusing services on adolescents and youth. As a result, NAPPA provided 60,808 HIV tests, linked 2,049 HIV-positive clients to antiretroviral therapy, and initiated pre-exposure prophylaxis with 384 HIV-negative clients at high risk of contracting HIV.
- Jhpiego built NAPPA’s capacity to meet client needs by: increasing linkages to care for clients testing HIV-positive; integrating pre-exposure prophylaxis services, especially for adolescent girls and young women; integrating nurse-initiated and managed antiretroviral treatment; and introducing targeted HIV testing services using index partner tracing to increase case finding among adolescents and young people.
- Jhpiego supported the Ministry of Health and Social Services to introduce community-based HIV testing and counseling through community health workers (CHWs), and trained 266 CHWs in five districts to provide safe, professional and accurate HIV testing and counseling services, including index partner tracing, at the household level.
Our Work in Namibia
Under this multi-country award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego provides technical assistance as needed to guarantee safety, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and client/provider satisfaction in implementation and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision. The project targets 14 countries that are priorities of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, including Namibia.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Namibia has been working with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to respond to a directive by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to provide cervical cancer screen-and-treat services to all HIV-positive women aged 30 years or older on a biannual basis. With funding from CDC/Namibia through Cardno, Jhpiego trained providers in the “single visit approach” for cervical cancer prevention in order to introduce these services at seven existing antiretroviral therapy clinics. Currently, Jhpiego is building the capacity of additional nurses to provide these services and be trained as trainers so they can subsequently train other nurses to also provide them.