How does KPLHS model fill the gap in HIV services?
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IHRI has actively aimed to establish, sustain and expand the KPLHS model to HIV-burdened cities nationwide. Led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Community Partnership, in collaboration with three leading CBOs in Thailand, the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT), the Service Workers in Group Foundation (SWING) and the Mplus Foundation and with the support of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), IHRI has provided technical assistance to enable key population (KP) lay providers to perform certain HIV services and ultimately to certify them using a legal accreditation system.
The efforts were realized in June 2019, when the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the Department of Disease Control (DDC), and professional councils finally endorsed a ministerial regulation, which legalizes KP lay providers to cater HIV services under the purview of the Councils of Medical Professionals, Medical Technologists and Pharmacists. The regulation was formally endorsed on June 6, 2019 by the former Minister of Public Health, Clinical Professor Emeritus Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayathorn.
This accomplishment marks an official start for the DDC and related organizations to develop and implement all relevant guidelines to support the regulation. The quality standards for HIV/STIs service delivery in communities has been developed and launched nationally in April 2020. Moreover, a national operation plan for KP-lay provider certification has been developed. In addition, the regulation will also enable lay providers to receive financial support from the government which will subsequently lead to sustainability of community-based organizations’ HIV work.
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