Call to Action (USAID/PEPFAR)
With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), EGPAF implemented the eight-year Call to Action (CTA) project in 12 countries, including Côte d’Ivoire (from 2005 through 2007). This project sought to improve access and expand care and support for quality prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services, while enhancing technical leadership and documenting successful program models. By project end, EGPAF had provided nearly four million women with access to PMTCT and antenatal care services. CTA’s work was conducted in accordance with national health policies and within national AIDS response frameworks. EGPAF-supported programs:
- Integrated HIV counseling and testing and antiretroviral (ARV) prophylaxis regimens into existing maternal and child health (MCH) services;
- Improved patient flow, HIV counseling techniques, testing algorithms, drug distribution, and other aspects of program delivery;
- Supported basic clinic improvements and worked to ensure provision essential commodities;
- Engaged in community mobilization activities;
- Trained health care workers and educated mothers about infant feeding;
- Provided technical assistance for program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and psychosocial support.