HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
The CDC and the Government of Botswana partnership began in 1995 to strengthen TB control through public health research. With the launch of the CDC DGHA office in 2000, the partnership grew to include HIV prevention, care and treatment and strategic information programs to maximize the quality, coverage and impact of Botswana’s national response to the HIV epidemic.
Strengthening Public Health Systems
CDC provides technical and direct assistance to the Government of Botswana to improve epidemiology, surveillance, laboratory, operations research and workforce capacity. The relationship has supported collaboration in a number of areas including HIV testing and counseling, HIV/TB control, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and provision of a safe blood supply.
Strengthening Laboratory Systems and Networks
CDC builds in-country capacity for skilled laboratory workers and national laboratory services which are vital to the expansion of HIV treatment, diagnosis and care.
Monitoring and Evaluation
CDC is increasing Angola’s capacity to conduct HIV surveillance and in conducting studies, such as behavioral studies with biological markers.
CDC is helping Angola collect information for program improvement by coordinating SI activities among multiple stakeholders, including: the government of Angola, the World Health Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS , the Global Fund, and the World Bank. This has included technical assistance in the design and development of information systems and helped Angola initiate the FELTP, harmonized reporting indicators among multiple donors, and pilot early infant HIV diagnostics using DNA polymerase chain reaction.