HIV and AIDS

URC supports countries to develop HIV programs that focus on creating better health outcomes for underserved and vulnerable populations. We apply locally adapted, country-led methods to improve health care systems. We work with providers, community leaders, patient advocates, and government officials to identify gaps, then develop and scale up best practices to achieve sustainable improvements.

Our programs advance the US Global Health Initiative’s objective of creating an AIDS-free generation. Our approach aligns with the Global Health Initiative’s principles of health systems strengthening to increase sustainability, strategic coordination and integration of services, gender-sensitive programming, and country leadership and ownership.

Our work to end HIV and AIDS focuses on strengthening health and community systems and improving the quality of services, including:

  • Prevention: Voluntary male medical circumcision, prevention of mother-to-child transmission
  • Diagnosis: HIV testing and counseling, laboratory strengthening
  • Treatment: Antiretroviral therapy, pediatric HIV care and treatment, tuberculosis and TB/HIV co-infection 
  • Counseling and support: Nutritional assessment and counseling support, community-facility linkages, psychosocial support

Our systems approach uses data-driven quality improvement methods adapted to low-resource settings to identify and address gaps in health services. We emphasize the need to establish processes that maximize the return on material and human resource investments and use creative ways to encourage individuals and families and to seek care and treatment.

To learn more about URC's approach, please read our brief on HIV/AIDS.

Drama events like this one at a hospital in Uganda encourage parents to protect their babies from HIV (2014)