Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) Program

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Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a five-year, global project funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with a period of performance from April 15, 2019 to April 14, 2024. This factsheet covers EpiC activities in Liberia for the period of fiscal year 2021 (FY2021) from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

EpiC aims to achieve and maintain epidemic control through strategic technical assistance (TA) to improve HIV prevention, case finding, care, and treatment programing in countries supported by the PEPFAR.  The four global EpiC objectives, which focus on filling existing HIV prevention, case finding, and treatment gaps, and on building long-term sustainability in order to attain and maintain epidemic control are:

  • Attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among at-risk adult men, women, and priority populations
  • Attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among KPs
  • Improve program management and financial systems to ensure attainment and maintenance of epidemic control
  • Support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners by 2020

KEY ACTIVITIES

1.         Improve case findings

● Strengthen provider-initiated testing and counseling (PITC) – improved risk screening

● Enhance and expand index testing and risk network referral.

2.         Intensify strategies for optimizing HIV treatment 

●  Support implementation of same-day ART (SDART)

●  Support the expansion of differentiated models of care (DMOC) including decentralized drug distribution(DDD)  

●  Provide TA for multi-month dispensing for 6 months (6-MMD), including ensuring adequate ART stocks 

3.         Develop and implement strategies for retention of people on treatment, following up missed appointments,

            and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) monitoring with viral load testing

● Strengthen treatment adherence

● Track loss to follow up

● Scale up viral load testing

4.         Implement strategies to support provision of integrated services

● Intensify TB screening for PLHIV

5.         Support provision of integrated services and the availability of the prevention package for KP

6.        Creating an enabling environment to improve the quality of, and KP access to services for strengthening

            peer education and navigation.

7.        Implement capacity-building activities with CSO partners that focus on increased organizational development,

           to strengthen the financial systems and compliance with donor rules and regulations 

8.       Facilitate regular multi-stakeholder coordination meetings, coordinate communication systems and facility quarterly partner

           review meetings to facilitate knowledge and learning on project  implementation.

9.       Develop strategies to provide TA to NACP on policy, planning, coordination & management including adaptation and use

           of globally recommended policies and guidance

10.     Strengthen health facilities technical implementation and management capacity

Last updated: February 17, 2021

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