Foundation Releases New Guidance on HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment in Low-Resource Settings

By Dr. Stephen Lee | January 13, 2012

In many countries, ministries of health are revising national HIV/AIDS guidelines to incorporate recent World Health Organization recommendations that define standards of HIV care and service delivery approaches.

To support those efforts, the Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a set of clinical standard operating procedure (SOP) templates to support HIV prevention and care and treatment services in low-resource settings.

Clinical SOPs help to define and promote best practices, so that patients receive consistent, high-quality, and effective services. They can also help provide seamless coverage of services, even when care is provided by multiple sources.

These new templates are intended as a resource to support clinicians and health care managers engaged in the planning of HIV services at the national, program, district and facility levels. They will also assist health care workers by detailing step-by-step information to organize and deliver health services, and providing a way to evaluate service delivery by serving as a checklist to monitor job performance. 

The templates provided an excellent opportunity to document clinical best practices under Project HEART, the Foundation’s groundbreaking CDC-funded program that significantly scaled up HIV/AIDS programs in five countries over the past eight years.

Drawing upon the Foundation’s experiences with Project HEART, the templates span the continuum of HIV service delivery – from prevention of primary HIV infection and mother-to-child transmission, to provision of care, support and treatment for HIV and related co-infections.

They also use a family-centered approach, which maximizes opportunities to reach more individuals with HIV/AIDS services.

The six clinical SOP templates, which you can download using the links below, include:

Each clinical SOP template is intended to be adapted at the local level, and is in a format that can be modified for use at the country, program, district or facility level.

The ultimate goal is to speed the integration of HIV prevention and care and treatment services according to the revised 2010 WHO recommendations.

We hope that these templates will serve as an important resource in our continued efforts to create a generation free of HIV.

Dr. Stephen Lee is the Foundation’s Senior Program Director for Prevention, Care and Treatment Services, based in Washington, D.C.