Seminar #40

Part 1. Implementing Point-of-Care Technologies for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV: Lessons Learned, Strategic Planning, Models for Scale-up, and Remaining Debates

Hosted by: EGPAF, MSF, EID Consortium/LSHTM, CHAI, ASLM

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Wednesday, 7 December
17:00-18:30
CTICC room location: 2.6

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Government officials, laboratory programme managers, funders and donors, implementing partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), clinicians, diagnostic suppliers

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:
With the availability of effective POC EID technologies and corresponding laboratory and field evaluation data, Ministries of Health (MOHs) are preparing to integrate POC testing within existing conventional networks. As MOHs develop implementation plans there are important programmatic factors to consider, including requirements for regulatory approval, product and site selection, training preparation, management of POC networks, and ensuring sustainability. This session will focus on sharing lessons learned from pilots and programmatic experiences to inform the implementation of POC EID technologies, including Product and Site Selection, HIV/TB Integration, Data Management, Training Practices, and Supplier Engagement.

SESSION LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe the most recent data from technical evaluations and field implementation studies within the EID Consortium.
  • Develop a clear understanding of how to implement a rational, transparent POC EID product and site selection process that maximizes device utilization and patient access.
  • Begin to understand key components of a training curriculum for educating POC users on device operation and system functions, including supply management, data capture, and quality assurance.
  • Build awareness of how data management can be used to track error rates, measure system performance, and target interventions.
  • Address how program integration between TB and HIV testing can increase network capacity and device utilization.
  • Discuss areas of focus for 2017 to ensure early diagnosis and initiation of antiretroviral therapy in infants with HIV.

SESSION SPEAKERS:

Dr. Sergio Carmona, NHLS, South Africa
Updates from the EID Consortium network: field evaluation and moving towards implementation

Dr. Catherine Wedderburn, LSHTM UK
Updates from the EID Consortium network: field evaluation and moving towards implementation

Mr. Reuben Mwenda, Malawi MOH-HTS
Lessons from implementing a POC EID end-user training and mentorship program

Dr. Ilesh Jani, INS Mozambique
Bringing a new POC EID technology into the national system

Mr. Jeff Lemaire, EGPAF Swirtzerland
Stepwise Approach to site and platform selection, and site preparation towards readiness for POC EID introduction in 9 countries

Mrs. Ellen Munemo, Laboratory Services, Zimbabwe
Strategic product and site selection for POC platforms: Experience using an excel-based tool for decision making