CDC Division of Global HIV & TB country profile : Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)
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CDC Division of Global HIV & TB country profile : Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)

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    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has collaborated with multilateral, governmental, non-governmental, and civil society organizations to adapt, evaluate and implement new tools, programs, and policies to combat HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis (TB) in Laos since 2009. CDC initiatives promote and demonstrate sustainable epidemic control solutions that have been adopted, integrated, and scaled up into existing health systems by the government and stakeholders. CDC supports activities for persons living with HIV (PLHIV) by working with the Lao People's Democratic Republic Ministry of Health (MOH), World Health Organization (WHO), and partners in five high-burden provinces to

    • Increase detection of undiagnosed HIV patients through HIV index testing and other case-finding strategies.

    • Improve antiretroviral therapy (ART) literacy, linkage from voluntary counseling and testing sites to ART facilities, same-day/rapid ART initiation, adherence, retention to care, and viral suppression among PLHIV by promoting data utilization for quality improvement and coaching.

    • Expand ART access by decentralizing HIV treatment services to point-of-care (POC) ART sites.

    • Strengthen TB/HIV co-infection and opportunistic infections management.

    • Improve national laboratory quality, coverage, and data monitoring of existing HIV rapid test, HIV-1 viral load test, and HIV recent infection test external quality assurance programs.

    • Reduce HIV stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings.

    • Strengthen healthcare workforce capacity on HIV prevention, treatment, laboratory, and strategic information.

    • Strengthen strategic information systems and local human resource capacity to monitor and

    evaluate the national HIV program.

    • Support a phased transition to a sustainable government-led response.


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