These support services are being provided in parallel with other initiatives led by the government and non-governmental organizations to strengthen the delivery of health care in the country.
“We have started pioneering many HIV lab services including CD4 and viral load services and early infant diagnosis technologies,” said Shambel Aragaw, ICAP’s Technical Director for South Sudan.
In addition to its pioneering capabilities around HIV treatments, there have also been significant improvements made to the physical spaces where health care delivery is administered.
Recently, Juba Teaching Hospital and Al- Sabah Children’s Hospital – two hospitals located in the capital of South Sudan – were renovated to improve the quality of patient care. With support from a special gift from Alan and Jane Batkin, ICAP was able to address some of the infrastructure challenges of the health facilities by expanding the waiting areas, increased patient privacy, improved filing spaces and systems, and seating areas for patients in the waiting areas. These infrastructural changes have led to more effective and efficient delivery of services for both patients and health care providers.
“The renovations have made a remarkable difference as patients no longer have to stand for hours at a time,” explained one patient.
This short video documents the impact of these critical renovations on these key clinics for families living with HIV in South Sudan.