Standardization of Community HIV Services Training in the DR



In support of USAID Dominican Republic support for expanded access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services, LHSS provided technical support to the National Health Service in developing standardized operating procedures or SOPs to guide implementation of community-based services for HIV programs. These SOPs were developed to improve quality and access to the services offered in the national care program and ultimately improve health outcomes. These SOPs include guidance on rapid HIV testing and contact tracing, delivery of antiretroviral therapy and supplies in the community, as well as activities to reinforce adherence to treatment.

This video features the first training session for the standardization of community services held in Santo Domingo, September 2021 by LHSS in partnership with the National Health Service. The training sessions were moderated by the LHSS team and HIV program supervisors from the NHS. Working with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, psychologists, peer counselors, nurses, and health promoters from HIV clinical care sites nationwide, 139 health providers from the HIV services network were trained in the new SOPs.