Advancing the Coverage, Quality, and Impact of HIV Services

The HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) is a multi-country learning network dedicated to expanding and improving differentiated service delivery (DSD) for people living with HIV.

The Network

The network convenes health system leaders from countries in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in joint learning and information exchange, with the goal of fostering the scale-up and spread of high-quality, high-impact HIV services. 

Through CQUIN, representatives from ministries of health, implementing partners, civil society, associations of people living with HIV, academic institutions, and donor agencies work to scale up DSD according to each country’s unique needs. The network supports experience-sharing, peer-to-peer learning, and collaborative problem solving, and enables member countries to request technical assistance from ICAP at Columbia University.

Our Approach

CQUIN is a learning community designed to support countries to move beyond pilot programs to DSD implementation at scale. Ministries of health opt into the network to gain access to a wide range of resources, including technical assistance, workshops, south-to-south learning exchange visits, and virtual communities of practice, as well as support for catalytic research projects, quality improvement initiatives, and program evaluation. CQUIN also seconds national DSD coordinators to ministries of health, if needed.

The network enables countries to share experiences, innovations, and best practices so they can move differentiated service delivery from pilot projects to national programs.”

– Dr. Peter Preko, CQUIN Project Director

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is CQUIN?

CQUIN stands for the HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network. CQUIN is a network of countries and stakeholders dedicated to improving HIV service delivery by advancing DSD.


What does the network do?

We foster learning and collaboration among our members. We encourage and facilitate south-to-south exchange and experience-sharing through communication and learning opportunities. We also provide support and expert guidance for countries implementing projects and conducting research on DSD.


What is differentiated service delivery? How is it different from differentiated care?

Differentiated service delivery is a person-centered approach to HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Moving away from a one-size-fits-all model, DSD tailors HIV services to different groups of people living with HIV while maintaining the basis of the public health approach—simple, standardized, and evidence-based approaches to HIV prevention and treatment—that have led to success. Because DSD encompasses testing, prevention, care and treatment, the term is often used instead of the narrower “differentiated care.”


Can I join the network?

We encourage anyone interested in learning more about CQUIN to contact us directly at icap-cquin@columbia.edu.


How is the network funded?

CQUIN is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Who belongs to the network?

Country teams include representatives from ministries of health, national networks of people living with HIV, donors and bilateral agencies, implementing partners, and other stakeholders.


How do network members communicate?

CQUIN fosters the south-to-south exchange of ideas and resources via the CQUIN website, conferences, workshops, meetings, webinars, email updates, and dynamic communities of practice. We also share up-to-date news about CQUIN and DSD through a monthly newsletter. To sign up, enter your email address in the text box below.

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