The integration of STI and HIV/AIDS information and services into existing MCH/FP programs has been strongly supported in recent years, following recommendations from the 1994 Cairo ICPD. Moreover, it is now widely accepted that early detection and management of STIs can reduce the incidence of HIV infection. Thus, there are powerful incentives to increase efforts to broaden the capacity of MCH/FP programs to provide STI prevention and management information and services for their clients, both as a comprehensive reproductive health service and as a preventive measure for reducing the transmission of HIV. As described in this brief, the Africa OR/TA Project II, in collaboration with several agencies in the region, undertook a number of operations research studies to assess the preparedness of programs to provide STI, HIV/AIDS, and MCH/FP services using an integrated approach. These diagnostic studies were then followed by intervention studies to test ways of improving the existing approaches to implementing integrated services.
"Integrating STI and MCH/FP Services," Africa OR/TA Programme Brief. Nairobi: Population Council, 1999.
Africa OR/TA Project II