Seminar #44

Part 2. 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
CTICC room location: 2.6

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

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.


  • 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.


Zee Ndlovu, MSF-SAMU South Africa
Implementation challenges of POC EID in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Malawi

Anafi Mataka, EGPAF Lesotho
Monitoring performance of the POC EID cascade and implementation of supportive site supervision

Jackson Hungu, POC EID Procurement Consortium, Kenya
Joint supplier engagement for accelerated POC EID market entry and sustainable pricing

Dr. David Kob, CNLS Cameroon
Remote monitoring of POC device performance using wireless connectivity

Katie Pollak, CHAI USA
Multi-country analysis of Alere Pima error rates and device error codes

Nancy Bowen, National Reference Lab, Kenya
Improving access to quality diagnosis through TB/HIV integration on GeneXpert