Improved TB/HIV Prevention and Care
The ‘Improved TB/HIV prevention and care: building models for the future (BMF)’ project aims to bridge the gap in quality and availability of integrated Tuberculosis and HIV health services between the public and private health care sectors.
The Philippines continues to have elevated levels of TB infection and a growing incidence of HIV in recent years. High population density and complex, unequal urbanization characterize many areas, drastically increasing the chances of TB and HIV infection and co-morbidity, particularly for those most vulnerable or key populations: people living in poor urban neighborhoods, people living with HIV, LGBTI+ people, sex workers, and people who use drugs. While the public sector has ramped up efforts to reach key populations for TB and HIV, the non-public sector remains an untapped resource to widen the scope and breadth of interventions.
BMF uses innovative approaches to create effective partnerships and sustainable solutions. The project multiplies the contributions of the public and non–public sectors by triangulating their roles, which enables even more alliances to increase TB and HIV care. BMF partners with public and non-public facilities that provide TB and HIV services and helps them become one-stop-shops for TB and HIV care. Performance-based incentives, which mirror those of the National Health Insurance Program, give health facilities access to funds to develop their capacity for integrated care. BMF also taps local community-based organizations working with key populations to further mobilize communities, raise their awareness about these diseases and promote participation in public decision-making.