HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
The CDC Guyana office opened in September 2002. Since then, CDC has worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to build in-country capacity to conduct HIV surveillance and diagnosis, monitor HIV patients on treatment, and diagnose opportunistic and sexually transmitted infections.
Integration of HIV and TB Services
CDC collaborates with partners supporting the Guyana National TB Control Program efforts to integrate HIV and TB care and treatment in the most populous regions of Guyana.
Improving National Blood Safety
CDC works to make the national blood supply safe by assisting the MOH in institutionalizing blood banking and transfusion practices in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service, Pan American Health Organization, and the Guyana medical community.
Strengthening Laboratory Systems
CDC is collaborating with the MOH and other partners to establish a National Public Health Reference Laboratory (NPHRL).
CDC is providing technical assistance to the MoH in achieving greater national access to PMTCT services by integrating these services (inclusive of HIV care and treatment ) into several antenatal and well-baby clinics in Guyana. In addition, the National Public Health Reference Laboratory now has the capacity to provide Early Infant Diagnosis for all HIV-exposed infants.
CDC funded a robust HIV core competency and training program for physicians who will be working in regional medical facilities in Guyana.
CDC is providing technical assistance to provide on-the-job training for HIV counseling and testing to more than 86,000 adolescents and adults in Guyana.
Scale-up of ART services has rapidly increased from four sites in 2002 to16 sites in 2009 with over 4,000 adults and children in care and on treatment.