Key Activities and Accomplishments
Prevention and Treatment of HIV: CDC expertise is used to support national efforts on HIV prevention and increasing awareness of the importance of antiretroviral treatment (ART). To achieve epidemic control, CDC is intensifying HIV testing efforts for men, children, and key populations (KP) in addition to increasing testing coverage among women. CDC has also redesigned its office into field teams to provide more direct site-level technical assistance. Through collaborations with local partners, CDC partners are supporting integrated health services to reach men and children by offering multi-disease testing services. In addition, the county has prioritized services in a targeted list of health districts, representing more than 80% of the HIV burden. CDC has successfully supported scale-up of same day ART initiation and is assisting the scale up of differentiated service delivery models (DSDM) for stable patients receiving treatment.
Laboratory Systems and Networks: CDC recently helped expand HIV viral load (VL) testing and early infant diagnosis (EID) to every health region, and CDC expertise supported the creation of regional health labs to ensure better access to HIV testing services. Côte d’Ivoire also recently established an external quality control program for all of the country’s more than 3,000 HIV testing sites.
Strengthening Public Health Systems: CDC supports the Côte d’Ivoire health ministry in its efforts to rebuild its health capacity by expanding quality HIV prevention and treatment services nationwide. These systems include Tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment, HIV testing services (HTS), prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), prevention among key and priority populations, prevention of medical transmission, care and support for orphans and vulnerable children, and gender and stigma reduction.
Because of CDC, Côte d’Ivoire is the first country in West Africa and in Francophone Africa to participate in the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (Project ECHO). Through this program, on-going trainings take place for health officials. Project ECHO uses technology to livestream the trainings rather than requiring all participants travel to specific locations. This approach reduces costs and makes trainings available to a broader audience.
Strategic Information: CDC provides technical assistance (TA) to the Ivoirian health ministry and local partners to enhance data quality and use for decision-making. This support includes implementing data quality improvement approaches and HIV surveillance activities, such as Antenatal clinic (ANC) surveillance, drug resistance monitoring, program evaluations, population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIA), biological and behavioral surveys, and KP size estimation. CDC has been a key player in the planning of a national data quality improvement plan. Côte d’Ivoire is also the first county in Francophone African to implement CDC’s Violence Against Children Survey (VACS), and the results, expected in 2019, will be utilized to inform new policies.
Tuberculosis: Among people living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire, Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one cause of death. CDC is helping local clinics implement new approaches to identify, treat, and prevent TB. These methods include automatic testing for co-infection whenever someone tests positive for either HIV or TB and then close monitoring of co-infected patients to achieve viral suppression, TB infection control, and TB preventive therapy.