WEBINAR: Managing Viral Load Results
On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, AIDSFree will host a webinar on best practices for obtaining viral load results and managing care for elevated viral load results. The goal of antiretroviral therapy is viral suppression. An elevated viral load suggests that a patient's treatment provision needs attention, such as adherence support. Presentations will highlight maximizing the use of viral load monitoring tools and results in Malawi; rapid viral load scale up in Zimbabwe, including processes for prioritized transmission of abnormal results and subsequent clinical management for optimal HIV outcomes; and how continuous quality improvement (CQI) was used to improve viral load access and address key implementation challenges in viral load monitoring in Uganda.
Meet the Speakers:
- Allan Ahimbisibwe (MD, MPH) Dr. Ahimbisibwe is the Director of Programs/Technical Director for EGPAF Malawi. He has worked in Malawi since 2012 to improve the quality of HIV service delivery at site level. His responsibilities include the optimization of the viral load cascade, using data for decision-making, and quality improvement (QI) approaches to improve treatment outcomes for patients on ART.
- Shirish Balachandra (MD) Dr. Balachandra is the Branch Chief for HIV Services at CDC Zimbabwe, having joined the country office in January 2015.
- Claudios Musere Mr. Musere is the I-TECH Zimbabwe Clinical Advisor. He has worked in this position since October 2016 and has been working in HIV/AIDS programs since 2008.
- Juliet Tumwikirize (MD, MPHL, DPPM) Dr. Tumwikirize is a Quality Improvement (QI) Advisor with URC under the USAID ASSIST Project in Uganda. She provides technical support in integrating QI into HIV care and treatment services and supports the Ministry of Health, implementing partners, districts, and health facilities in addressing system gaps in service delivery. Juliet has led ASSIST’s HIV team to implement QI projects to improve service delivery including viral load monitoring, achieved through training, coaching, and mentoring support to health workers to identify gaps and introduce changes to improve viral load access. (View her presentation here.)