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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Preliminary results of national HIV survey (BAIS V) demonstrate Botswana’s remarkable progress towards 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.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Celebrating World AIDS Day 2021

This World AIDS Day, December 1, UNAIDS is focusing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the context of intersectional global health and societal challenges. This year's theme — "End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics." — brings attention to the inequalities that are hindering progress in AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics.


Friday, November 19, 2021

Ciheb Helps Author First Antibiotics Guidelines for a Zambian Hospital

Ciheb and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in conjunction with University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, have created the UTH antibiotics guidelines, the first of its kind for a health facility in Zambia.


Friday, November 19, 2021

Stakeholders Celebrate IMAKAZA’s Contributions to HIV Services in Rwanda

At the closeout workshop for the IMAKAZA project in November, Ciheb Rwanda and project stakeholders recognized IMAKAZA’s numerous accomplishments in HIV programming.


Friday, October 29, 2021

Remembering Dr. Toma Guberski

With tremendous sadness, Ciheb mourns the passing of Thomasine “Toma” Guberski, PhD, CRNP, a decades-long pillar of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Institute of Human Virology (IHV) community. Dr. Guberski, a PhD trained nurse practitioner, dedicated much of her career serving as part of a multidisciplinary team of HIV experts supporting the development of comprehensive care and treatment models to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) to HIV/AIDS patients in Baltimore and across sub-Saharan Africa, benefitting millions of lives.


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Kenya Country Programs Complete Five Years of Impact in HIV Services

September marked the close of Ciheb in Kenya’s two Partnership for Advanced Care and Treatment (PACT) programs, PACT Timiza and PACT Endeleza. Ciheb held closeout events in the three counties that it worked in – Kisii, Migori, and Nairobi City – to commemorate the two programs' accomplishments.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Ciheb Nigeria to Study Adverse Events Following COVID-19 Vaccination

A Cohort Event Monitoring survey to examine and evaluate the safety of individuals following COVID-19 vaccinations in Nigeria has begun in five states of Bauchi, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, Lagos, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This observational surveillance program’s purpose is to monitor safety signal detection following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.


Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Data Demand and Information Use through STATA Training in Nigeria

Ciheb Nigeria, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, recently facilitated a training to promote a culture of data demand among stakeholders to encourage the use of data on the National Data Repository (NDR) to track program outcomes and impact. The training also aimed to build the capacity of the stakeholders to maximize the use of data on the NDR for research.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Field Implementation Finishes in Botswana's BAIS V Survey

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.


Monday, August 30, 2021

ZAMPHIA Prepares to Restart After Election Pause

After a one month pause, the Zambia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA) is prepared to restart field data collection in September. The survey now enters its final stage of field work following a break in August for the 2021 Zambian general elections.


Monday, August 16, 2021

In Kenya, Ciheb Efforts Recognized in Nairobi County CQI Awards

During the summer, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) held its annual Health Service Delivery Awards to recognize best-performing health facilities in Nairobi County. Facilities supported by PACT Endeleza won awards in all categories they participated in. NMS evaluated facilities based on their performance in continuous quality improvement metrics.


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Malawi Celebrates ISO 15189 Accreditation of Laboratories

The University of Maryland, Baltimore through Ciheb, in conjunction with the Malawi Ministry of Health and other partners, held an awards ceremony to celebrate the ISO 15189:2012 medical laboratory accreditation of six facilities in Malawi, four of which were supported by Ciheb.


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Second Phase of COVID-19 Seroprevalence Survey Underway in Nigeria

The second phase of a COVID-19 seroprevalence study in Nigeria has begun in Kano State in Northwest Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The survey, which was previously conducted in Enugu, Gombe, Lagos, and Nasarawa States in the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemiological survey completed last fall, will help estimate COVID-19 prevalence across the two new states.


Monday, June 28, 2021

Ciheb Holds Workshop for Partners, Stakeholders on NDR Implementation in Nigeria

Ciheb Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), recently facilitated a three-day workshop for implementing partners (IPs), key stakeholders, and other parties of interest in the health sector to improve user education, understanding, and efficiency at all levels of the National Data Repository (NDR) implementation.


Tuesday, June 08, 2021

ZAMPHIA Survey Begins Fieldwork

The Zambia Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA) is now underway! The survey was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that COVID-19 in Zambia has improved, the Government of Zambia, in partnership with Ciheb and others, is moving forward with the relaunch of this PEPFAR-funded assessment and have put in place all necessary safety measures to protect staff and participants. ZAMPHIA is the second ever population-based HIV impact assessment performed in Zambia.


Tuesday, June 01, 2021

HIV/AIDS Survey in Botswana Enters New Phase

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

ZAMPHIA Survey Prepares to Relaunch in Zambia

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.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Ciheb Supports Vaccine Video Production and Publicity in Nigeria

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Nigeria has developed two videos to help educate the public and publicize the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Ciheb-Kenya on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

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.


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