September 25, 2021
Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity
Institute of Human Virology
Senior Media and Public Relations Specialist
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
To expand access to COVID-19 testing to rural and hard-to-reach areas, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Malawi decentralized testing from laboratories using conventional molecular platforms. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) – Ciheb Malawi AMPLIFY program trained laboratory personnel in peripheral facilities in using rapid antigen testing that can be performed by non-laboratory staff. The MOH started using COVID-19 rapid antigen testing in November 2021 and has continued expanding this service to new testing sites.
Monday, March 21, 2022
The Maryland Global Initiatives Cooperation (MGIC) and Botswana-University of Maryland School of Medicine Health Initiative (Bummhi) held a handover event for equipment used in the Fifth Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V) on March 8, 2022 in Gaborone. BAIS V was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented by MGIC-BW.
Wednesday, December 08, 2021
To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya, Ciheb’s local partner, Ciheb-Kenya, received a five-year CDC-funded grant to support national and county activities towards rolling out COVID-19 vaccination. The Technical Assistance to Ready and Accelerate Capacity of public health programs in Kenya (TRACK) program is focused on supporting the development of national policies and training material on COVID-19 vaccination and teaching national trainers to cascade this training to counties.
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Preliminary results of national HIV survey (BAIS V) demonstrate Botswana’s remarkable progress achieving HIV epidemic control
Preliminary results from the fifth Botswana HIV/AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V), announced today by the President, His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi demonstrate that for the first time at a national level among adults aged 15-64, Botswana has exceeded the 2020 UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets which call for 90 percent of all people living with HIV (PLHIV) to be aware of their status, 90 percent of those aware of their status to be on antiretroviral treatment (ART), and 90 percent of those on ART to achieve viral load suppression.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Bummhi — Ciheb’s local partner in Botswana — has made key contributions to the introduction, rollout, and scale up of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on a national level to help achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 HIV targets more quickly. The rollout process began in 2015 but significantly increased in the last year.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
Working in partnership with national ministries of health, Ciheb has helped conduct population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIAs) in countries supported by PEPFAR. These surveys provide critical information about the status of HIV/AIDS by estimating HIV prevalence, or the total number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in a country.
Sunday, September 05, 2021
In the fall of 2020, Ciheb conducted the first phase of a COVID-19 population-based serosurveillance study (COVID-19 Household Seroprevalance Survey) in the Nigerian states of Enugu, Nasarawa, and Gombe to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the country.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
The Fifth Botswana HIV/AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V) has successfully completed six months of field implementation, and teams have demobilized out of the field. BAIS V reached nearly 20,000 participants, more than 13,500 households, and completed more than 10,000 household interviews.
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
The Fifth Botswana HIV/AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V) has now been in the field for nearly two months and has completed the first wave of implementation. Approximately 3,800 households have been surveyed across the project’s three regions (see map below). This represents approximately one-third of the 13,564 households that will be surveyed nationwide before the project concludes this summer.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
The Zambia Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA) is preparing to recommence fieldwork at the beginning of May, and staff and communities are being mobilized in anticipation of the relaunch.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Ciheb-Kenya, our local Kenyan partner, has been working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kenya Ministry of Health, and the National Vaccines and Immunization Programme (NVIP) to support COVID-19 vaccine preparedness through the ongoing Technical Assistance to Ready and Accelerate Capacities of Public Health Programs in Kenya (TRACK) project. Kenya received its first shipment of vaccines several weeks ago and has been moving ahead quickly. As of April 21, a total of 721,509 persons have been vaccinated against COVID-19 countrywide.