Imelda Ngonyani and other nurses in Tanzania are making a key HIV prevention strategy more available. This is the first post in our Frontline Perspectives blog series for the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Speaking to the Strategic Communications Advisor of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Côte d’Ivoire, a social worker shares how a training on 'index testing' that aims to identify sexual partners of HIV+ patients in order to test them and enrol them in treatment, enabled him to reuinite a family.
As frontline health workers, nurses who can take on the task of initiating and managing ART – particularly in rural or underserved communities – are critical to Tanzania’s efforts to achieve the global 90-90-90 targets by providing quality, comprehensive health services, including ART, to people living with HIV.
Social welfare workers such as Pruden Furaha have emerged as critical frontline caregivers working at the community level to provide a safety net for people living with or at risk of contracting HIV in Tanzania.
"When I was in grade 8, I was into two things: fashion and medicine,” says Elina Nantinda, a 25-year-old pharmacy assistant in rural Namibia. “So I decided to study hard. I thought, ‘It would be so nice to work with...