Seminar #12A

West Africa Day – How to reach the third « 90 » in West and Central Africa

Hosted by: Fondation Mérieux, MSF, Solthis, UNITAID

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Sunday, 4 December
08:30 – 12:00
CTICC room location: 1.61-1.62
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The target audience are decision makers among donors and government as well as WCA implementing partners in HIV to inform them on the challenges faced in these countries with a focus on diagnostic, specifically on viral load testing for routine monitoring.

The current situation in HIV in West and Central Africa (WCA) differs greatly from that of other African regions. This seminar will present the main challenges in this region in achieving the 90% – that is patients on ART that are virally suppressed. Partners such as MSF, Solthis or Fondation Mérieux through their implementing experience in viral load testing will share lessons learnt and provide recommendations especially around scale up strategies and targeting key populations. Physicians and civil society including patients will also be discussing their perspective.

1) To highlight the specific needs for HIV viral load and EID in WCA with low HIV prevalence and a disseminated epidemic.
2) To share experience and lessons learnt from WCA.
3) To discuss the remaining gaps and challenges.