Key Activities and Accomplishments
• CDC PEPFAR support in Myanmar focuses on technical assistance and targeted support to improve the clinical cascades for HIV prevention, testing and treatment, including key populations affected by high HIV prevalence or ongoing high-risk behaviors, and limited access to HIV services.
• Working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sports and other partners, CDC provides technical assistance to develop national strategies to increase the yield of HIV testing (number of cases detected), increase early enrollment in treatment, and achieve high rates of retention in treatment services including ensuring viral load suppression and TB prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
• CDC has provided technical support to develop the HIV Testing Guidelines and update the HIV Treatment Guidelines in Myanmar, including the transition to Test and Start for all persons living with HIV (PLHIV) in 2017.
• CDC-Myanmar is working with key partners (National AIDS Program, National Health Laboratory) to strengthen HIV testing quality control systems, building capacity for national scale-up of routine HIV viral load testing, through training on viral load testing and monitoring to optimally curb the transmission of HIV from PLHIV on antiretroviral treatment (ART).
• CDC is providing technical assistance to support key populations surveillance and collection and use of data to inform program monitoring and planning at national and sub national levels.
CDC is working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), CDC-Vietnam and the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) to help build capacity for a national GeneXpert quality control program,
TB Prevalence Survey: CDC is providing technical support to the MoHs and implementing partners for the design of the protocol and data collection tools as well as on-site support for implementation of the national tuberculosis prevalence survey.