In order to achieve the UNAIDS’s ambitious 90-90-90 targets, EQUIP provides scale-up of Direct Service Delivery (DSD) support to health facilities and accelerates health systems strengthening initiatives. DSDis one of six interconnected building blocks that outline the functions of a health system, an delivers effective, safe, high-quality health interventions to those who need them, when and where needed, with minimum waste of resources.
Among some of these services may include health financing, Human Resources for Health (HRH), information systems, laboratory services, quality of service delivery, and supply chain in order to adaptively manage the HIV response, in collaboration with local implementation partners.
Direct Service Delivery is necessary as it addresses bottlenecks and failures in existing health systems, thereby making a significant impact on the quality of care provided.
Direct Service Delivery corresponds to attained, scale-up, sustained and centrally supported areas. EQUIP teams provide Ministries of Health and local implementation partners with recurrent maintenance, operations, personnel such as those who are seconded or regular provision of HIV and AIDS commodities. In addition technical support is also provided to monitor the support to the system.
Direct Service Delivery (DSD): Individuals will be counted as receiving direct service delivery support from EQUIP when BOTH of the below conditions are met:
- Provision of key staff or commodities
- support to improve the quality of services through site visits as often as deemed necessary by the partner and country team.