Integrating Health Care Systems to Save Lives

June 30, 2014 11:08 PM

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Benta and Ezekiel Awino have brought their 9-month-old baby, Ronny, to Rongo District Hospital in Western Kenya for an HIV test. Here, Benta, who is living with HIV, has received quality care throughout her pregnancy. Now, both she and her baby return to the same center for follow up appointments to receive services to address the gamut of health concerns common to the region, including malaria, TB, HIV and malnutrition.

This kind of integrated health care model is only now becoming the norm in the district. Up until recently, families like the Awinos, who are living with HIV, went to one facility for HIV care and treatment, another facility for prenatal care, another clinic for their baby's routine health and yet a...

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