Presentation on theme: "Strengthening Health Systems for Chronic Care and NCDs: Leveraging HIV Programs to Support Diabetes Services in Ethiopia Zenebe Melaku, ICAP Ethiopia Ahmed."— Presentation transcript:
Strengthening Health Systems for Chronic Care and NCDs: Leveraging HIV Programs to Support Diabetes Services in Ethiopia Zenebe Melaku, ICAP Ethiopia Ahmed Reja, Ethiopian Diabetes Association Miriam Rabkin, ICAP Columbia University
Making the HIV-NCD connection In many resource-limited countries, HIV scale-up has created the first national chronic disease program. In these same countries, the burden of other chronic diseases, including NCDs such as diabetes, is high and growing rapidly. We conducted a rapid proof-of-concept study to explore the feasibility of adapting HIV-specific resources for use in a DM program at Adama Hospital in Ethiopia. Following a baseline assessment, we adapted key strategies, systems, and tools originally developed for the Adama HIV clinic, and introduced them into the OPD for use with adult DM patients. A follow-up assessment was conducted after six months.
Intervention Package: StrategiesSystemsTools Introduction of an essential package of key services, supplies, and equipment Appointment and defaulter tracking systems Appointment books Use of step-by-step protocols to guide care Training, clinical mentorship and supportive supervision systems Charting tools, forms and flow sheets Emphasis on family-focused care Peer educator programsJob aids Identification of a limited number of M&E indicators Chart review/quality assessment conducted and used by clinic staff Patient education materials No new or experimental services were introduced No new clinic was created – DM patients were seen within OPD as before No additional support was provided for medications, laboratory testing or transportation, and no new staff were engaged for implementation No changes were made to service delivery or staffing at the HIV clinic
Six-month outcomes included: Marked increase in documented service delivery with no added staff; Expansion of services to include peer education and point-of-service DM screening for patient family members; Rapid improvement in standards of care.