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The Twinning Center Program

The HIV/AIDS Twinning Center Program develops institutional partnerships to strengthen the human and organizational capacity necessary to scale up and expand HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support services in countries of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Currently, the program supports 35 institutional partnerships in eight Sub-Saharan countries as well as Cambodia, providing a wide range of high quality HIV/AIDS services particularly in high prevalence areas or high burden sites. Overall, Twinning activities align with PEPFAR’s focus on strategic partnerships and smart investments to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

Many Twinning Center partnerships have made significant contributions to health systems strengthening and workforce development across a broad range of disciplines and professions:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Biomedical Engineers & Technicians
  • Medical Technologists
  • Counselors
  • Clinical Associates
  • Community Health Workers
  • Social Workers, Social Welfare Assistants, & Para Social Workers

TA and Training Services

Through the establishment of volunteer-driven institutional partnerships and the placement of qualified individual volunteers, the Twinning Center contributes to the President’s Emergency Plan goals by:

  • Strengthening educational institutions and training facilities
  • Training and mentoring individual caregivers
  • Developing models for improved delivery of services and for rapid scale up of interventions
  • Transferring appropriate technology

About the Twinning Center

The American International Health Alliance established the HIV/AIDS Twinning Center in 2004. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds the project.

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