This issue of the Quality Improvement Collaborative Newsletter tracks the timeline from the conceptualization, launch, and implementation of the QIC model at the PEPFAR-supported clinical sites. This model supports the Government of the Dominican Republic (GODR) expansion of the “Treatment for All” strategy to meet the country’s 90-90-90 treatment target established by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to achieve control of the HIV epidemic by 2020.
In the Dominican Republic (DR), HIV-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) developed a platform to expand access to primary health care (PHC), including HIV services, for key and vulnerable populations.
Under PEPFAR, USAID provides financial support to the Muñoz Clinic through the APC project for the provision of HIV care and treatment for migrant populations, most of who are of Haitian descent and live in very poor communities known as bateyes.
Since October 2016, IDEV has been implementing the WHO-recommended "Treatment for All" policy which involves immediate initiation of ART for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV, regardless of their CD4 cell count.
JSI Research & Training Institute’s Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project organized a Quality Improvement (QI) Collaboratives Launch Workshop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR) from January 31 to February 2, 2018.
Grupo de Apoyo Este Amor improves the quality of HIV services for key and priority populations by implementing the community care component of the new PEPFAR strategy to build capacity of the SAI at the Dr. Francisco A. Gonzalvo hospital in La Romana province.
REDOVIH+ improves access to integrated high quality HIV services to key and priority populations by providing community care and support and improving the capacity of the HIV Comprehensive Care Center at the Lotes y Servicios hospital in accordance to the new PEPFAR strategy in the Dominican Republic.
IDEV improves access to clinical and community-based HIV services for key and priority populations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In addition, IDEV partnesr with the Lotes y Servicios public hospital to provide mentoring and technical support for the SAI to be able to provide a comprehensive package of quality KP/PP-Friendly HIV services.
CEPROSH improves access to integrated high quality HIV services to key and priority populations in Puerto Plata by expanding and improving the quality of the package of clinical and community-based services for key and priority populations at its clinic and the Clínica Muñoz. CEPROSH also partners with the hospital Dr. Ricardo Limardo to provide mentoring and technical support for the HIV comprehensive care center.
From 2014 through 2019, APC worked in the Dominican Republic to improve access, delivery, and quality of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for key populations and priority populations.