Integration: It would be criminal not to move from rhetoric to reality
Results from the Integra Initiative were presented at the International AIDS Conference in a special satellite session, chaired by British MP Pamela Nash, on Tuesday 22nd July.
The research team delivered their findings to delegates, emphasising that successful integration of SRH and HIV services requires a health system-wide commitment at both planning and implementation levels.
After a 5 year investigation, the team found that integration of SRH and HIV services can deliver:
- Better HIV testing outcomes & more consistent condom use
- Improved quality of care
- Improvements in efficiency through better use of human resources
- Improved teamwork and provider motivation
- Client choice*
- Reduced stigma*
Following the session, IPPF released a press release on the importance of integration, and the session featured on the AIDS2014 daily news. Details and presentations from the session are available from the conference website.
The Integra Initiative is flagship investigation of sexual reproductive health and HIV service integration, managed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Population Council. The project assesses the benefits and costs of a range of models for delivering integrated SRH and HIV services in Kenya, Malawi and Swaziland. It is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The latest Integra Initiative Newsletter
Meet the Integra Initiative team
Pamela Nash MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
*Client choice can include a greater capacity to client preferences, e.g., the preferences of women living with HIV for integrated care within a specialist HIV site.
* Stigma can be reduced through the provision of integrated SRH and HIV services if health staff are sensitive to fears and concerns and provide strong links to psychological support for clients.