Dr Joel Steingo oversees TB HIV Care's Correctional Services Programme, which provides technical support to the Department of Correctional Services in three DCS regions across the country to strengthen HIV, TB and viral hepatitis services.
Joel Steingo developed an interest in HIV and TB as a major public health threat to South Africa whilst working as a young medical doctor in the rural Eastern Cape.
Frustrated by health systems deficiencies, he decided to study for a Masters (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University. He focused on issues related to global health, infectious disease epidemiology and health programme design and implementation in under-resourced settings.
For the past 15 years, Joel has worked in the fields of primary HIV care and prevention, operational and clinical research, and HIV programme management. In 2012, Joel provided technical support to a five-year multi-faceted USAID innovations grant. The grant reviewed novel approaches to integrated primary HIV and TB care for populations in informal settlements.
Other PEPFAR-funded programmes include the implementation of community HIV testing and linkage-to-care services; women-initiated strategies for home-based HIV self-testing of male partners; male-friendly care initiatives for men self-testing HIV positive, and PrEP for HIV negative women.