US Ambassador Helen La Lime presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Jhpiego’s Angola team and the ForçaSaúde project for expanding access to quality health services for women living with HIV.
ForçaSaúde — the Portuguese name for the Strengthening Angolan Systems for Health (SASH) project — is funded by the US Agency for International Development and led by Jhpiego. In partnership with the government of Angola, the program has focused on strengthening services in HIV/AIDS, family planning, malaria and health information systems since 2011. Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a partner on the project.
For the past five years, ForçaSaúde has been working in the capital of Luanda and the province of Huambo to strengthen the cascade of health services for women and families, and ensure more pregnant women receive HIV testing and counseling during antenatal care services, and those who test positive, receive antiretrovirals (ARVs). The project also promotes births at health facilities and follow-up care for children exposed to HIV.
Margarita Gurdian-Sandoval, Chief of Party, said project achievements from Oct. 2011-Sept 2016 included:
- 508,093 individuals tested for HIV including 302,622 pregnant women;
- 1,174 service providers trained on HIV Counseling and Testing and Provider-initiated Counseling and Testing;
- 149 new family planning service sites in Luanda and Huambo;
- 295 health providers trained on postpartum IUDs; and
- 819 service providers trained on malaria case management.
Through the work of ForçaSaúde and partners, the number of new clients accepting a family planning method increased by 67 percent, she said.
Guests at the event included Dr. Constantina Furtado, the Secretary of State from the Ministry of Health; Dereck Brown, the new USAID Mission Director; Armando Cotrina, USAID Angola Agreement Officer; Provincial Health Directors for Luanda and Huambo province, and representatives from nine health facilities where the project worked with clients living with HIV.