Barbados Caribbean Region HIV and AIDS Service Provision Assessment Survey 2005
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Author(s): AID Inc., MEASURE Evaluation, St. George's University
The 2005 Barbados HIV/AIDS Service Provision Assessment (Barbados HSPA) survey report provides baseline information on the capacity of the formal public health sector in Barbados to provide both basic and advanced level HIV and AIDS services and the availability of recordkeeping systems for monitoring HIV and AIDS care and support. Within the Caribbean region, there is a concern for the recent training of health professionals who provide HIV and AIDS services, for health worker attitudes towards people living with HIV (PLHIV) and for patient movement within the region. The Barbados HSPA captured information on these region-specific indicators in addition to the standard HSPA indicators. Since HIV and AIDS services are not offered across all facilities or facility types, and these services are relatively few, the sample is disproportionately representative of known sites for HIV and AIDS services. Although the emphasis of the HSPA is on public facilities, if private or non-government facilities are important providers of HIV and AIDS services, they were included. The survey was conducted in a sample of 22 facilities (17 public facilities) in Barbados, including hospitals, polyclinics, specialized clinics and laboratories. Therefore, any interpretations should be limited to the sample and to the capacity to scale up existing HIV and AIDS services. The HIV and AIDS-related services that were assessed include counseling and testing capability, care and support services (CSS), antiretroviral therapy (ART), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and youthfriendly services (YFS).
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