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EpiC in Nigeria supports installation and use of USAID-donated ventilators

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in late February in Nigeria with a rapid increase in the following weeks. As the government and organizations funded by USAID and PEPFAR activated a cross-sectoral collaboration in response, the need for ventilators became clear. In June, 200 ventilators donated by USAID arrived in Nigeria. Shortly thereafter, the …

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LINKAGES Indonesia rolls out virtual trainings for frontline providers on use of mechanical ventilation to care for COVID-19 patients

The USAID-supported LINKAGES project in Indonesia coordinates with the Indonesia Ministry of Health, 34 Provincial Health Offices, targeted District Health Offices, and Meditrans on the distribution, set-up, and use of mechanical ventilators donated to the country by USAID.  To build the capacity of healthcare providers in Indonesia on proper use and maintenance of the ventilators, …

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Doing it from a distance: How telehealth is preserving HIV service delivery during COVID-19

Aubrey Weber, Technical Officer, Research Utilization, FHI 360Benjamin Eveslage, Technical Advisor, Online HIV Services, FHI 360  Adapting to the “new normal” of COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our daily lives and routines. For HIV programs, this has required shifting many aspects of service delivery to online platforms—also called telehealth—so that services can be provided safely at a distance. …

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A tale of two viruses: How HIV service providers in South Africa pivoted from conducting voluntary medical male circumcisions to community screening for COVID-19

Aiyanna James, Technical Officer, EpiC/COVID-19, FHI 360Rose Wilcher, Knowledge Management Director, LINKAGES & EpiC, FHI 360 As of October 2020, South Africa has the highest recorded number of total cases of COVID-19 and reported deaths from COVID-19 in Africa, and the ninth highest number of cases in the world. On March 23,the South African Government issued a …

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Emergency assistance provided by LINKAGES Indonesia during COVID-19 ensures continuity of HIV and tuberculosis treatment for priority populations

Ria Ningsih, LINKAGES IndonesiaLucyan Umboh, LINKAGES IndonesiaStevie Daniels, Editor, FHI 360 Community-based support staff member from Yayasan Inter Medika explains Jak-Support fund to a client. (Photo: Ria Ningsih) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many key population members, people living with HIV, and tuberculosis (TB) patients have avoided health services. For some, the reason is lack …

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COVID-19 emergency operations center launched in Bayelsa, Nigeria

Although the EpiC project was initially awarded to support countries to achieve and maintain HIV epidemic control, we have also joined the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our ongoing content about our HIV work, we are pleased to share stories and learnings from our work fighting COVID-19. With the outbreak of COVID-19 in Bayelsa, the …

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LINKAGES Nepal provides technical assistance to build capacity of COVID-19 testing labs

For years, the LINKAGES project has worked to reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and to extend the lives of those already living with HIV. Now, we have joined the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our ongoing content about our HIV work, we are pleased to share stories and learnings from …

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