21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

The USAID ASSIST Project was privileged to participate in the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, July 18-22, 2016. The International AIDS Conference is the largest convention on any global health issue in the world. The conference has served as a knowledge hub, providing cross-sector presentations in science, community, leadership, and the strengthening of an evidence-based policy and programmatic responses to the epidemic. The annual conference has also served as a platform and catalyst for advocacy, and international commitments—both political and monetary—to fight against HIV and AIDS. Read more about the conference here.

USAID ASSIST sponsored two satellite sessions and nine poster presentations, listed below:

Implementation of Option B+: Focus on the PMTCT Continuum including Maternal/Infant Nutrition

Wednesday, 20th July, 7:00 to 8:30 am (SAST) | Satellite Room 9

This satellite session provided the opportunity to share lessons learned from the implementation of lifelong antiretroviral treatment (ART) for all HIV+ pregnant women, a policy also known as Option B+.  Presenters from multiple countries shared findings on challenges and successes from the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival (PHFS) and Option B+ implementation, with a particular focus on methods utilized to enhance HIV-free survival and to promote a continuum of care that includes optimal maternal and infant nutrition in the pre- and postnatal period. In addition, the session will include a review of the latest guidance from WHO on infant feeding in the context of HIV. Ms. Tamara Nsubuga-Nyombi of URC presented PHFS results supported by ASSIST in Uganda (see presentation in file attachments below), and Dr. Roland Van de Ven of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) presented PHFS results supported by ASSIST in Tanzania.  This satellite was hosted by PEPFAR, USAID, UNICEF, WHO, the USAID ASSIST Project, and EGPAF.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Quality Assurance & Quality Improvement: Lessons Learned from East & Southern Africa

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (SAST) | Satellite Room 9

This satellite event explored how External Quality Assessment (EQA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approaches are improving voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) service quality and patient outcomes in six East and Southern Africa countries.  Co-chaired by Dr. Yogan Pillay of the National Department of Health, Republic of South Africa, and Dr. Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, USAID Office of HIV and AIDS, the satellite featured short presentations to share results and tools available to support programs to improve quality of medical male circumcision services and was followed by a panel discussion among stakeholders to share lessons learned and implications for other countries and HIV program areas. The satellite is sponsored by the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project with funding support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Posters presented at AIDS 2016 supported by the USAID ASSIST Project:

  • TUDE0103: Continuous Quality Improvement for Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision Training: Experiences and results from the field (Ray Mabuse)
  • TUPEE463: Gender Integration in VMMC to Improve Outcomes: Involving Female Partners (Albert Twinomugisha)
  • TUPEE619: Improving cost-effectiveness by managing HIV as a chronic disease in Uganda (John Byabagambi)
  • WEPEB051: Evaluating the incremental value of using the TB LAM test in intensified case finding for TB in people living with HIV (Munyaradzi Pasipamire)
  • WEPEE480: Conducting External Quality Assessments for Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) programs: experiences from four countries (James Ndirangu)
  • WEPEE489: Improving client follow up in Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) programs through Continuous Quality Improvement CQI: experiences from South Africa (David Themba Masina)
  • WEPEE510: Applying Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Programs in South Africa (Tina Maartens)
  • WEPEE619: Better HIV care and engaged health workers: A mixed methods study from Tanzania (Joseph Kundy)
  • WEPEE625: The social acceptability of community health worker-led HIV-testing: Findings from a mixed-methods study in Swaziland (Till Bärnighausen)
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, July 22, 2016 - 18:00
Durban, South Africa
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
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