EQUIP conducts rapid assessment of health facilities in HIV treatment, prevention and care to better understand the barriers to providing and/or expanding high quality HIV care and treatment services. Selected sites across EQUIP supported countries are assessed and an Implement Capacity Assessment (ICA) tool is developed, along with a Walk-through Checklist and Community Liaison Interview Guide. Analysis of the data collected in the ICA tool and the Ministry of Health and local implementation partners are provided with highlights of the most prominent barriers to the provision of HIV treatment, prevention and care.

Among the challenges identified could be diagnosing treatment failure, human resources constraints, lack of community health worker involvement, lack of disclosure, limited adolescent or key population specific care, dysfunctional laboratory systems, and inadequate data management systems.

Recommendations for mitigating these barriers and improving the quality of HIV care and treatment are offered.

Watch EQUIP Chief of Party, Dr. Thembi Xulu explain what the Africa-led EQUIP global consortium is about, and how we’re partnering with Ministries of Health & local implementing partners to deliver globally scalable, locally appropriate strategies for HIV treatment and prevention.