Strengthening Health Systems
CDC supports strengthening technical leadership, advancing laboratory quality standards, and improving HIV and other transfusion-transmissible infection screening procedures in Cote d’Ivoire
As of 2014, CDC helped develop over 1,062 care and treatment sites, 885 PMTCT sites (including training personnel and equipping labs), and 119 blood centers (enabling 142,168 safe units of blood to be collected in 2014). In addition to implementing early infant diagnosis and viral load testing, CDC supported the establishment of an external quality assurance panel program, which is implemented in 15 serology sites and 30 hematology and biochemistry sites.
Through MSFFE, CDC supports PNOEV, the national coordination center for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) issues. PNOEV drafts and validates national policy documents on OVC service delivery, analyzes trends in OVC needs and priorities, and strengthens human and institutional capacity to implement decentralized coordination, referral, and data collection systems. Through CDC efforts, the MEN has worked with MSLS and MSFFE to incorporate age-appropriate HIV/AIDS information into school curricula, integrate sexually transmitted infection and HIV services into school clinics, and support social workers in schools for OVC follow-up.