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USAID/Strengthening HIV/AIDS Services

CAI conducted a series of trainings addressing the importance of antiretroviral treatment adherence. Many of the factors that impact adherence were discussed, as was the impact of side effects on adherence. The training reviewed new techniques to assist providers in their task of providing adequate adherence counseling, including Motivational Interviewing, the Use of Peer Mentors, Strategies for Monitoring Adherence, and the Self-Management Model.

CAI was a partner for two years under a subcontract with the Academy for Educational Development (AED), from 2008 to 2009, on the USAID-funded Strengthening HIV/AIDS Services in the Dominican Republic project. The goal of the project was to strengthen HIV/AIDS services to reduce HIV transmission among most-at-risk populations (MARPs); and ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families have access to necessary quality care and support. More specifically, the project was intended to increase access, quality, and sustainability of essential HIV/AIDS services for Dominicans and Haitians living in highly-affected areas of the Dominican Republic (DR), particularly in the bateyes where the seroprevalence is four times what it is in the general public. The Project objectives were to provide institutional strengthening, TA, and support to the Government of the Dominican Republic (GODR) for the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support programs; capacity building for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community- and faith-based organizations (CBOs and FBOs) implementing HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support programs through a grants program; and fostering public/private partnerships and policy supporting collaboration and coordination between the GODR and NGOs/FBOs/CBOs for integrated, quality health systems and services. CAI’s role was to provide training for certification of NGO and GODR public sector staff and technical assistance to implement and strengthen Home-Based and Palliative Care (HPC) services.