Sunday, July 22, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m., in Mini-Room 7
This satellite session will provide policy makers, donors, program designers and implementers, clinicians, and people living with HIV (PLHIV) access to the knowledge and experience of technical and programmatic experts on implementing NACS. Sub-sessions will provide an overview of the elements and application of NACS and how it can contribute to health system strengthening. The panel discussion will address the challenges and opportunities inherent in applying the NACS approach.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Background on NACS
Nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) is an approach for integrating nutrition into the care of patients with HIV and TB, as well as into other health services. The approach focuses on nutrition components of clinical services and fosters linkages between clinical facilities and community programs to prevent and treat malnutrition and to link clients to livelihood and economic strengthening support to improve long-term food security.
Support for this satellite session is provided by the:
Welcome and Introduction
The Biological Relationship between HIV and Nutrition
The Socioeconomic Impact between HIV, Food Security, and Nutrition
Evolution of the NACS Approach
Elements and Applications of the NACS Approach Serigne Diene (FANTA)
How do we integrate NACS as part of health systems strengthening? What are the design challenges – harmonization, resources, capacity development, and sustainability?