The chairperson of the National AIDS Commission of Liberia has assured the Armed forces of Liberia that the commission is committed to strengthening quality improvement of HIV and AIDS service delivery in Liberia.

The chairperson of the National AIDS Commission of Liberia has assured the Armed forces of Liberia that the commission is committed to strengthening quality improvement of HIV and AIDS service delivery in Liberia.
Madam Theodosia Kolee encouraged soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia to be professional and committed in respecting the standards of the World Health Organization’s five Cs training toolkit standards in conducting HIV counseling and testing.
She spoke at the start of a three day HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment index testing for AFL HIV Counselors on the use of WHO’s Guidelines training toolkit in Liberia.
The training was organized by the Armed Forces of Liberia, with support from the United States Embassy near Monrovia through the Department of Defense HIV and AIDS prevention program.
According to madam Kolee, the index case testing approach will help improve trust and confidence of family members wanting to seek care, describing index testing as a reawakening strategy for the country’s HIV response.
Index case testing is a strategy which encourages a person with confirmed HIV infection to contact family members including children, spouse, siblings and parents to be encouraged to do their HIV test, know their results and be enrolled in care.
The National AIDS Commission Chairperson said index testing identifies and encourages persons living with HIV to build confidence in HIV counseling and testing system which serves as an important approach in seeking to end HIV and AIDS by 2030.
Madam Kolee disclosed that Liberia is making progress in ensuring that 90% of people living with HIV can be identified, 90% of those identified are place on treatment and 90% of those on treatment have a suppressed viral load, though the progress is being slowed down by the COVID-19 crisis.

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