Community HIV Care and Treatment Project Launched in Ethiopia

{Photo Credit: Tsion Issayas/MSH}    Consortium members of Community HIV Care and Treatment Project, USAID Mission Director and the State Minister of Health hand in hand for a successful partnership.Photo Credit: Tsion Issayas/MSH

The Community HIV Care and Treatment Project in Ethiopia was launched on September 19, 2017. The event was attended by the State Minister of Health Dr. Kebede Worku, USAID’S Mission Director Leslie Reed, consortium members, and implementing partners.

The Community HIV Care and Treatment Project is a five-year project funded by PEPFAR through USAID, and led by Project HOPE alongside MSH, Population Services International (PSI) and DIMAGI. The aim of the project is to expand access to comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services by reinforcing the role of health extension workers and communities in the delivery of comprehensive clinical and non-clinical community HIV prevention, care and treatment services. The objective and interventions are designed to impact UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals and address Ethiopia’s challenges associated with delivering community based HIV care and treatment services.

Dr. Negussu Mekonnen, MSH Ethiopia Country Representative, said on the event that MSH has been a pioneer in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia and is happy to use its wealth of knowledge in partnership with Project Hope to make a lasting contribution.

In his keynote address on the launching event, the CEO of Project Hope Thomas Kenyon said he is happy to be implementing the project side by side with strong partners such as MSH and PSI and is confident the program will yield strong results by building strong relationships with and strengthening the capacity of government authorities and community based organizations.

Dr. Kebede Worku in his launching remarks said that Ethiopia has made significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS but still needs new and innovative approaches to eliminate AIDS. He remarked, "This new project will give additional capacity for the government  of Ethiopia in fighting HIV and AIDS by using innovative community based approach."   

USAID mission director Leslie Reed, said USAID has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with the government of Ethiopia and other development partners to improve the health and over all wellbeing of Ethiopians and that the new project will be an opportunity for all sides to work together to make sure that people with HIV get the care they need and eventually bring an end to HIV in Ethiopia.

The Community HIV Care and Treatment Project will provide a variety of services in more than 200 priority districts with a high prevalence of HIV through high impact community based HIV/AIDS interventions. MSH will provide technical oversight of community-based care and support programs in the Regions of Amhara, Tigray, and Benishangul-Gumuz-covering a population of close to 28 million.