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CDC in Haiti

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      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began working in Haiti in 2002 and initially focused on preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and providing care and treatment to those already infected. After a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, CDC Haiti expanded the scope of its work to focus on immediate health needs and to address longer-term public health interventions. CDC Haiti, with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), works in close collaboration with Haiti’s Ministry of Health (MSPP) to increase access to quality HIV clinical services, prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and increase laboratory and strategic information capacity. In 2016 CDC Haiti adopted and implemented the World Health Organization’s Test and Start strategy, which makes treatment available to anyone who is HIV positive, and reached 80,000 people – over half of all people living with HIV in Haiti. The CDC program also led the development and implementation of key innovative approaches such as the biometric coding for unique patient identification, and the patient linkage and retention program. These interventions significantly improved the PEPFAR Haiti program performance. haiti_factsheet.pdf
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