CDC in Dominican Republic

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in the Dominican Republic in 2009 to support HIV/AIDS prevention and control through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. CDC works closely with the Ministry of Health and other nongovernmental partners to build capacity in epidemiology, surveillance, laboratories, and workforce development. CDC focuses its work on HIV/AIDS, TB, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, immunizations, workforce development and laboratory quality and safety.

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What CDC is Doing in Dominican Republic

CDC Impact in Dominican Republic

Established HIV mobile clinics

Implemented an electronic HIV Patient Monitoring System (HPMS/FAPPS) to track individuals on antiretroviral theraphy (ART)

Implemented the Test and Start strategy at 10 CDC/DR supported sites

Developed and implemented a nominal electronic HIV testing register (SIREN-P)

Implemented the first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program in key populations

More than 550 graduates from the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)

38% improvement in Viral Load (VL) preparedness score achieved by strengthening the National Public Health Lab where all VL samples are processed

CDC Staff in Dominican Republic
  • 3 U.S. Assignees
  • 12 Locally Employed
Dominican Republic at a Glance
  • Population: 10.74 million
  • Per capita income: $16,920
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 77/M 71 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 29.9/1,000 live births

Sources: UNPOP estimates 2019
World Bank 2019

Dominican Republic Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. lschemic heart disease
  2. Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  3. Alzheimer’s disease
  4. Ischemic Stroke
  5. HIV/AIDS resulting in other diseases
  6. Motor vehicle road injury
  7. Lower respiratory infection
  8. Diabetes type 2
  9. Prostate cancer
  10. Violence firearm

GBD Compare 2019, Dominican Republic

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