Without an accurate diagnosis of HIV, how can someone seek treatment?
In South Sudan, it is estimated that 16,000 people are newly infected with HIV every year, and we know that laboratory services are crucial for delivering HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services. However, in this young country, there is an unmet demand for laboratory services to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other diseases. Most laboratories where blood samples are sent for diagnosis are underfunded, lack basic equipment, and are short on fully skilled staff and management.
Through support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and our donors, Amref Health Africa is strengthening the national laboratory system of South Sudan to provide accurate and timely diagnoses and to be able to provide HIV prevention and treatment services to control the epidemic in South Sudan.