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Author
World Health Organization - Western Pacific Region
Title
The Continuum of Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia: Linkages and Strengthening in the Public Health System - Case Study
Editors
Ministry of Health - National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD, World Health Organization Representative Office Cambodia
Imprint
WHO - World Health Organization, 2006, 32 pp
ISBN/ISSN
92 9061 222 3
Url
http://www.wpro.who.int/NR/rdonlyres/84512880-2F19-4DE2-9CBB-3140114C708B/0 CoCCaseStudy.pdf
Abstract

"HIV/AIDS is a multifactorial disease requiring life-long treatment. In 2003, Cambodia released its plan to meet this need - the comprehensive Continuum of Care (CoC) - which is an integrated provision of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA). In three short years, Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS and STI (NCHADS) has started and expanded this country-devised and country-led activity. By the end of 2005, it was reaching 20 out of the country’s 68 operational districts (ODs), including free antiretroviral treatment (ART) for 11,284 PLHA out of the estimated 19,184 adult
Cambodians who currently need it. Additionally 1,071 children are receiving ART. This case study provides a snapshot of the CoC as it is in the middle of this rapid expansion. It is also an investigation of possible health system strengthening effects achieved by the CoC. In general, the four provinces included in the study had a common understanding of the multiple elements that make up the CoC, despite their varying levels of outside support from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors for implementation."

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