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Sex workers hold up the first issue of Amaqhawe magazine School children act out how to use guppy fish to reduce the breeding of the mosquito that transmits dengue

Communicable and non-communicable diseases

Our health consultants take a holistic view of communicable and non-communicable diseases. While focusing on specific diseases, such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, we aim to connect with the wider health system and the social, economic and development environment. Our skilled teams work on a mix of long-term and short-term projects.

School children act out how to use guppy fish to reduce the breeding of the mosquito that transmits dengue
HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program
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HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program Engaging communities to reduce the spread of neglected tropical diseases.

We focus on infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria and TB, bringing expert knowledge in evidence-based approaches and internationally-accepted best practice. We improve the design and implementation of disease programmes by focusing on coordination, integration, multisectoral working and strong accountability. We're also experts in monitoring and evaluation of disease response programmes. Increasingly, we're extending our portfolio to non-communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases.

Working with different sectors for evidence-based results, we:

  • Work in highly complex environments and facilitate policy dialogue and participatory working by engaging a range of stakeholders, including governments, civil society, the private sector and donors.
  • Focus on results but always take account of context, local processes and opportunities to build on ‘what works’.
  • Are familiar with international processes and national/global partnerships, such as Stop TB, Roll Back Malaria and UNAIDS.
  • Focus on beneficiary and client needs
  • Use a rights-based approach that considers equity, gender and social determinants of health to extend disease responses to those in need.
  • Work with supply and demand-side issues – combining systems strengthening, sustainable capacity development, empowerment and self-reliance.

How we're adding value:

Preventing HIV among South African sex workers

The innovative Amaqhawe project is pioneering HIV prevention for sex workers in South Africa’s Gert Sibande district. We have created a unique and powerful brand which resonates with sex workers without overtly identifying them, and published the first ever magazine for sex workers.

5.8 million needles and syringes distributed to injecting drug users in South-East Asia

We managed the HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Programme technical support unit to promote and implement effective harm reduction strategies to reduce drug-related spread of HIV in South-East Asia and China.

20-fold acceleration in ability to find people with TB

The results of the first wave of TB REACH grants found that the programme had helped over 18,000 additional people to be treated for TB. We have carried out monitoring and evaluation of the project since it was launched in 2010.

Potential 80% reduction in dengue fever

We managed a two-year study in Cambodia and Laos, which found that placing guppy fish in household water containers led to an 80% reduction in the presence of the larvae of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which transmits dengue fever.

Decline in the mother to child transmission of HIV

In South Africa the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV fell from 3.5% in 2010 to 2.7% in 2011. We played a part in this success by managing the DFID ‘Accelerated Plan’ which worked to improve national services to prevent HIV transmission from mothers to their children.

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