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Upping the uptake and continuation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) during COVID-19: How LINKAGES Eswatini changed its PrEP strategies for key populations

Bheki Sithole, Program Officer, EpiC EswatiniPhilisiwe Dlamini, Technical Officer, EpiC EswatiniLaura Muzart, Project Director, EpiC EswatiniNatasha Mack, Editor, Research Utilization, FHI 360 Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is effective for HIV prevention when used correctly and consistently. At the Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) Eswatini project, we introduced …

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U.S. Government hands over 83 ventilators to Central Java province

On November 13, 2020, US Ambassador Sung Y Kim officially handed over 83 Vyaire LTV/2200 ventilators to Central Java province in a virtual ceremony moderated by USAID/LINKAGES and attended by the Ministry of Health Director General of Health Services and the Governor of Central Java. “Today’s event reflects the United States’ commitment to partnering with …

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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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