Key HIV & TB Programs
Save the Children has supported HIV and TB programs through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s country and regional grants since 2009. From 2021-2023, we will support six Global Fund countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Myanmar, and Nepal. Our programs target key populations including orphans and vulnerable children, youth at risk, pregnant mothers and their children. We focus on providing prevention services/treatment, counselling, case management, improved quality of care, strengthened diagnostic technology, improved governance and accountability of programs, strengthened disease surveillance, and treatment options.
Bangladesh | HIV
Save the Children, in a leading role in the national HIV and AIDS response in Bangladesh, has managed five HIV grants of the Global Fund in two capacities – management agency (2004-2009) and principal recipient (2009-2023). The present grant (2021-2023) provides high-impact and cost-effective interventions for key populations to prevent the spread of HIV and minimize the impact of AIDS on individuals, families, and communities affected by the epidemic. In collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, our program covers 18 districts. In partnership with five local partners, they provide HIV prevention services, increase access to testing and treatment, and strengthen the national HIV and AIDS response through supporting a functional health information system, improved reporting, and enhanced capacity of healthcare personnel. Since 2021, we have expanded our program to reach 14,035 people who inject drugs, representing a 48% increase in coverage from the previous grant period and 30,000 female sex workers (62% increase in coverage).
Bhutan | HIV
The Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia Program (SKPA) (2019-2022) is implemented through Save the Children Country Office in Bhutan. The SKPA Program partners with governments, key populations, and their communities to increase the financial sustainability of community-focused programs, strengthen the use of real-time, high-quality data to inform programmatic design, bridge HIV service delivery gaps, and work on strengthening systems that support community ownership and action. One of the main achievements of this program is the successful implementation of the HIV Self-Testing demonstration project. The scale-up of this innovative approach is expected to enhance access and uptake of HIV testing that can potentially contribute towards closing the current case detection gap.
Côte d’Ivoire | Malaria
Save the Children has been the principal recipient of the Global Fund malaria grant in Côte d’Ivoire since 2016. Through this grant, Save the Children and our five sub-recipients support the National Malaria Strategy Plan 2021-2025, which prioritizes the need to scale up an integrated and optimized package of community-based activities to optimize the efforts of the Ivorian government to combat malaria. The project aims to achieve effective control of malaria in Côte d’Ivoire by 2025 via three objectives (i) - Reduce malaria incidence by at least 75% compared to 2015; (ii) - Reduce the mortality due to malaria by at least 75% compared to 2015; and (iii) - strengthen the program's management, coordination and partnership capacities to provide high-impact interventions. To date, the project has successfully trained an estimated 8,500 community health workers, 2,044 women groups, 271 staff, 1,248 nurses, and 1,147 midwives across 53 health districts and 16 health regions.
Mali | HIV & TB
Save the Children in Mali implements HIV programs in partnership with the Global Fund through a service agreement to reduce illness and death from both HIV and AIDS and TB among vulnerable populations in the health district of Mopti, one of the most conflict-affected regions in central Mali. Our work focuses on strengthening the health system to provide quality health services to program participants and reducing the burden of HIV and tuberculosis epidemics through effective diagnosis and treatment services. To date, the project has supported 28 health facilities and 52 community health worker sites, treating 185 cases of tuberculosis of all forms and 186 people living with HIV with ART, and tested 14,009 pregnant women to increase the percentage of people living with HIV who know their HIV status.
Myanmar | HIV, TB, and Malaria
Save the Children has been the co-principal recipient of three grants under the Global Fund in Myanmar since 2011. Our HIV programs operate across 117 of 330 townships in the country. We provide comprehensive HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services for key populations, integrated HIV and TB services, promote human rights, and strengthen community systems to create an enabling environment free of discrimination for populations vulnerable to HIV and TB. Our TB program is active across 182 townships and includes active TB case finding efforts, diagnosis, and treatment through community and facility-based interventions, as well as collaboration with the private sector. Through our malaria program, we provide long-lasting insecticidal nets and case management services spanning from early diagnosis through treatment in 132 townships. Additionally, we support capacity strengthening through training on malaria surveillance for service providers and intensified case detection in high-risk areas.
In addition to these programs, we received funding to implement COVID-19 interventions, including provision of personal protective equipment to health care providers and communities, effective surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment, community mobilization activities to increase awareness, as well as capacity strengthening of the healthcare workforce across all areas.
Nepal | HIV, TB, and Malaria
In Nepal, Save the Children’s Global Fund programs target HIV, TB, and malaria. Our HIV program contributes to the goals to achieve HIV testing, treatment, and viral suppression rates of 95%--95%--95% by 2025 and increase equitable access to HIV services. Our TB program aims to reduce TB incidence through increased disease prevention, case detection, and diagnosis, TB and HIV co-infection management, and drug-resistant TB management. Additionally, we support Nepal’s long-term National Malaria Elimination Strategy (2014-2025) with the vision of a “malaria-free Nepal by 2025” through our Malaria program. This grant aims to further reduce malaria transmission, improve the quality of and access to early diagnosis and effective treatment, and strengthen programmatic, technical, and managerial capacities towards malaria elimination. Through this effective and sustained programming, Nepal is on track to achieve a malaria-free Nepal by 2025.
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