XVIII International AIDS Conference


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Research as initial instrument for a new management, confident building and a shared diagnosis among national AIDS and STD program of Argentina and provincial programs of the country

S.I. Weller, M. Huergo, V. Kaynar, A. Adaszko, F. Silva Nieto, C. Ziaurriz, C. Falistocco, J. Sotelo, I. Priegue, C. Bloch

Dirección de Sida y ETS/Ministerio de Salud de la Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Issues: Description of the implementation of a participative research to address two main needs that a team faces when begins the direction of a Program: to build a join work together with significant actors and to have a diagnosis on the preventive and health aid response to HIV-AIDS in the country.
Description: A research team was shaped (68 people) which included AIDS Programs Managers and local researchers of 24 provinces. The exploring alignments were health aid practices that have being developing at public health centers due to guarantee universal access to condoms, to diagnosis and people with HIV assistance. All the stages of the project elaboration, data gathering and analysis involved responsible of different areas of application of HIV-ADIS policies. The project allowed revising the practices of 205 primary aid centers, 118 hospitals and 9 maternity hospitals that have been selected because their high level of appointments.
Lessons learned: The research produced the double expected result: a) Allowed the join work and settlement building on universal access between the 24 Provincial Programs and the National Direction of AIDS of the country, and b) A diagnosis over the condoms availability, times for testing and diagnosis realization and accessibility to medication and other relevant information for management.
Next steps: The findings were translated to a action plan with activities, tasks and goals for National Direction and Provincial Programs and dropped in the Book “Where are we? Where we want to go?” (Dónde estamos? Adónde queremos ir). The management bases its daily work on these guidelines.

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