Under the HIV Free project, FHI 360 provides technical, strategic information and capacity-building expertise for HIV prevention, testing and treatment in Cameroon. The project, which covers three regions of the country, is implemented by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB). Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), this comprehensive project helps Cameroon meet the 95-95-95 targets for ending the AIDS epidemic in Cameroon.
FHI 360 provides technical assistance to CBCHB staff at 80 health facilities through supportive supervision, mentoring, coaching and continuous quality improvement (CQI) to achieve these objectives:
- Improving case identification by scaling up index testing
- Strengthening linkage to and initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART)
- Scaling up tuberculosis screening and tuberculosis preventive treatment
- Facilitating the use of effective ART regimens and strengthening client tracking and review processes
- Enhancing adherence and continuity of HIV treatment through effective case management, scaling up multimonth dispensation
- Strengthening the health system with the support of a clinical mentorship system and with Total Quality Leadership and Accountability (TQLA©) and CQI activities
In the project regions, many of the people living with HIV who need ART live in remote communities a considerable distance from health facilities. FHI 360 is prioritizing its technical assistance to CBCHB to enhance community ART dispensation and the use of satellite health facilities for ART initiation.