New Contract to Improve the Effectiveness of High-Impact, Evidence-based HIV Interventions Awarded

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Agency for International Development has awarded the $250 million Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-Free Generation (AIDSFree) contract to a consortia that includes Abt Associates.

The consortia is led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. in partnership with Abt Associates, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), EnCompass, IMA World Health (IMA), The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (The Alliance), Jhpiego, and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). AIDSFree aims to improve the effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission and voluntary medical male circumcision, and accelerate the speed with which these interventions are brought to scale at country-level. 

The project will be implemented over five years, during which Abt will provide leadership in financing, budgeting, costing, and private sector engagement as well as human resources for health.  Abt will also bring expertise in technical areas including:  quality assurance and quality improvement, knowledge management, and behavior change.

For nearly 30 years, Abt Associates has contributed to the global HIV and AIDS response both in the United States and internationally, implementing projects and programs designed to expand access to HIV testing and treatment, strengthen health systems to provide quality services and work with the private sector health providers to complement the public sector.  

In its unwavering commitment to ensure a sustained response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic around the world, Abt has delivered rigorous research findings, effective interventions and systematic program evaluations in efforts to contribute to an AIDS-free generation.

About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators.  The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries. www.abtassociates.com

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