NOW AVAILABLE – OPHID is pleased to announce the launch of the Treat All Tool Kit, which aims to optimize facility-based HIV care and treatment in Zimbabwe. The online toolkit is a product of OPHID assessments carried out during the Treat All learning phase.
From June-December 2016, OPHID supported the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) to implement a learning phase of the WHO 2015 HIV test and treatment strategy (Treat All) in 7 Districts of Zimbabwe. The goal of the learning phase was to document key operational and outcome lessons of Treat All implementation to inform the 2016 Guidelines for Antiretroviral Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV in Zimbabwe. During this learning phase, through support from USAID, OPHID implemented multiple programmatic, technical, communications, strategic information and targeted assessment activities.
The key lessons learned during the Treat All learning phase have been packaged into the Treat All Toolkit – a resource of 10 tools intended to share key lessons with the aim of optimizing facility-based HIV care and treatment in Zimbabwe (ranging from increasing acceptability and awareness of the new HIV test and treat policy among health care workers and patients, enhancing quality of care for HIV testing and treatment, to strengthening health information systems). Developed in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Child Care and aligned to current MOHCC guidelines and service delivery standards, each tool provides 5 key ‘tips for optimization’: action points designed to address common facility-based bottlenecks to quality HIV care and treatment identified during the learning phase.
When fully informed on the Treat All guidance, health professionals can better work with clients to make the right choices to get tested for HIV, encourage the positives to enrol on treatment earlier and enjoy the full benefits of ART. The new Toolkit is an invaluable resource to health workers to be more effective and targeted as they aim to provide quality HIV care and treatment services. It is therefore critical that the information in this toolkit reaches the level of individual health care workers. The toolkit will be updated continuously to include new, relevant tools as they become available. Offline copies of the toolkit on flash drive and print version are available upon request.
OPHID acknowledges the technical support from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, AIDS & TB Unit, PEPFAR and USAID towards the development of the Treat All Toolkit.
To access the toolkit, visit http://ophid.org/treat-all-toolkit