Key Activities and Accomplishments
CDC/DR implements PEPFAR activities by working directly with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to foster system-wide changes, and supporting clinic-level activities currently focused on 9 facilities and 2 mobile clinics in 4 high-HIV-burden provinces.
Epidemiology and Surveillance: CDC/DR supports the MoH to characterize its HIV/AIDS epidemic by assisting in the development and implementation of the National HIV Patient Monitoring System (HPMS), which collects key information to describe HIV risk factors, characterize key populations, and assess the HIV cascade; and the HIV Testing Monitoring System (HTMS), which is the first nominal HIV testing registry implemented in the country.
Laboratory Systems: CDC/DR works to scale up viral load (VL) testing in all patients on ART and strengthen the quality of laboratory services to provide accurate and reliable CD4 count and VL testing. Through technical guidance and training, CDC/DR supports the MoH in complying with International Health Regulations by increasing laboratory capacity to perform molecular and genetic testing, establishing a robust public health laboratory network, and further improving the laboratory’s role in disease surveillance.
Tuberculosis: CDC/DR provides technical assistance in three primary areas: 1) strengthening infection control practices in HIV clinics; 2) ensuring clinics accurately collect and report TB and TB-HIV co-infection data; and 3) building surveillance and epidemiologic capacity through the National TB Patient Monitoring System.
CDC/DR Accomplishments include:
• Established the country’s first 2 mobile clinics in Santiago and Puerto Plata
• Developed an electronic HIV Patient Monitoring System (HPMS/FAPPS) to track individuals on ART
• Implemented the Test and Start strategy at the 11 sites CDC/DR supports
• Piloted a biometric patient tracking system to follow patients on ART across HIV care sites
• Developed and implementing a nominal electronic HIV testing register (SIREN-P)
• Implemented the first pilot project to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to men who have sex with men (MSM) in the DR
• Implemented TB infection control plans at 11 sites
• Trained >200 field epidemiologists at the basic and intermediate levels