Strengthening Referral Systems To Improve The Management Of Cardiovascular Diseases Among PLHIV in Nakuru, Kenya
Background: The aim of HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in Kenya is to provide a comprehensive care that meets the needs of PLHIV. The CVD risk factors are a leading cause of death and inadequate tracking mechanism in the health care referral systems affects the holistic management of CVD risk factors among PLHIV.
Objective: To strengthen the referral systems of CVD cases among attendees of Naivasha and Nakuru Hospital Comprehensive Care Clinics (CCC) to improve the management of CVD risk factors.
Methodology: Consultative meetings to design and development of a summary referral tool for the CVD risk factors, training of the health workers to appropriately use the tool and mentorship visits. Evaluation of the project performance will involve data quality analysis of the referral cases of CVD risk factors.
Budget: The total funding from the Fellowship program is 10,000 USD.
Time span: One year January 2011- January 2012
Stakeholders: University Fellow (Project leader) ,project sponsors University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID) fellowship program, University supervisor, host institution- Family Health International (FHI), FHI Mentor, Ministry of Health ,hospital consultants, hospital management , PLHIV, Health workers at the CCC
Beneficiaries: The primary beneficiaries are the PLHIV and secondary beneficiaries are the family members and government of Kenya.
Expected results: Develop of a functional summary referral tracking tool to monitor CVD referrals. The tool is expected to improve tracking of the CVD risk factors referral to enhance timely care and management among PLHIV and ultimately mitigate the adverse effects of CVD risk factors. To train health providers on CVD risk factor assessments and management as well as appropriate referral.