Key Activities and Accomplishments
Bukoba Combination Prevention Evaluation (BCPE) Study: This study has successfully demonstrated higher uptake of HIV testing at health facilities and facilitated linkage to HIV treatment through enhanced provider initiated testing and counseling (PITC) and linkage case management (LCM) program respectively. The study started in November 2013, with a baseline evaluation, followed by interventions from October 2014 to March 2017. Compared to the period before BCPE models intervention, over five folds more people living with HIV were identified during the 2.5 years of BCPE PITC model implementation. Linked 94% of the diagnosed clients who were out of HIV treatment and initiated on ART through the LCM program. The last phase of the study, end line evaluation ended in March 2018
Laboratory Accreditation and Certification: Eight laboratories have been accredited to international standards, and 76 labs are enrolled in WHO’s Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA) program. The MOHCDGEC, in collaboration with CDC, launched the National Framework for Point of Care Testing (POCT) Certification in November 2017.
Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO): Since its launch in November 2016, Laboratory Project ECHO, a distance learning and mentorship model to build healthcare worker capacity, has extensively trained and mentored HIV testers in Tanzania. To date, a total of 40 training sessions have been held with a total of 315 participants. Evaluation tests conducted after each distance learning session have shown a measurable gain in knowledge by the participants.
Methadone Assisted Therapy: CDC supports integrated HIV services in Methadone Assisted Therapy (MAT) clinics for people who inject drugs (PWID). Services provided include, MAT, HIV Testing and counselling, antiretroviral therapy, Hepatitis B, STI and Tuberculosis (TB) screening. There are three clinics in Dar es Salaam, one in Mwanza, and one in Zanzibar. By the end of fiscal year 2018, 4,909 are expected to have completed six months of MAT services. In fiscal year 2019, CDC is planning to scale up to two additional clinics in Pwani and Tanga, respectively.
Workforce Development: In 2008, CDC helped establish the Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) in Tanzania. In 2016, Tanzania’s FELTP emerged as one of the few countries worldwide to have implemented the full pyramid FELTP approach with three training programs for Frontline, Intermediate, and Advanced recruits. Overall, FELTP Tanzania has graduated 100 residents from the Advanced Program, 117 from the Frontline Program, and 22 from the Intermediate Program.