UNITED NATIONS, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than a decade,
the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) has been
expanding access to high-quality HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment in
HIV-affected populations worldwide, including Africa.
Now, with Partners In Health, FXB has developed novel HIV/AIDS
treatment strategies designed for the most destitute, and now
announces expansion of efforts in central Haiti, Jodhpur
(Urban) and Sumerpur (Rural) in Rajasthan State of India,
Uganda and Rwanda.
Given lack of infrastructure and concern about mismanagement of
antiretroviral drugs, the FXB-PIH team has developed
"DOT-HAART," which involves direct supervision of combination
antiretroviral therapy. Supervision is provided by community
health workers, PLWHA (peer supervisors) and/or family members
themselves overseen by local teams of physicians, nurses,
social workers, nutritionist and counselors, in order to gain
the maximum adherence and minimize the risk of resistance to
In the rural settings of Uganda, India, and Haiti, the FXB-PIH
team has developed algorithms for the care and treatment of
patients most likely to benefit from antiretroviral therapy.
Treatment of other sexually transmitted infections,
tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections, highly
prevalent in these resource-limited settings, are also targeted
by this initiative.
This integrated care and treatment approach is closely linked
to ongoing efforts and/or programs aimed at fighting the
HIV/AIDS epidemic: in the areas of social support in the form
of Income Generating Activities (IGA), awareness and education,
counseling and testing and other ongoing prevention and control
By demonstrating the feasibility of this model, FXB and PIH
anticipate that access to HAART by the most social and
economical disadvantaged populations of the world could become
a reality if governments and international organizations unite
forces for scaling up this initiative worldwide.
Anil Purohit, MD.
617-331-9855 (cell phone)
ASSOCIATION FRANCOIS-XAVIER BAGNOUD Don Casey 718-237-9173