Oral PrEP Modeling for Strategic Planning: Results from 13 Countries
Clinical trials have shown that oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a safe and effective HIV prevention intervention in several populations. In collaboration with Project SOAR, HP+ has developed a new modeling approach to provide impact, cost, and cost-effectiveness data for decision-making to assist countries in strategic planning for the introduction and scale-up of oral PrEP. Using lessons learned from in-country stakeholder consultation in Lesotho, Mozambique, Uganda, and Swaziland, the HP+ modeling approach has been applied as a desk analysis in Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This webinar was an opportunity for HP+ to present and interpret the desk analysis results, and for country PEPFAR teams to share their thoughts and experiences regarding how this modeling can inform PrEP policy and planning as they enter into COP18 planning. Participants from Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, and Nigeria were particularly encouraged to join, as this was the first orientation for these countries.
Speakers: Delivette Castor (USAID), Katharine Kripke (HP+), Robert Manda, MD, Ph.D., MPH, (USAID)
How to Engage with Health Facilities to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Move Closer to Test and Treat Goals
HP+’s stigma-reduction package is a total facility approach for reducing stigma and discrimination in health facilities that covers all health facility staff, from support staff to clinicians. The adaptable package is based on a globally validated measurement tool and a "best of" set of participatory training materials based on experiences in nine countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia. The package includes a collection of baseline and endline data to demonstrate effectiveness of its tailored stigma-reduction interventions.
How to Increase the Self-Management Capacity of People Living with HIV and Retain People on Treatment: A Look Into the PHDP Curriculum
The Positive Health, Dignity, and Prevention (PHDP) curriculum has recently been revised to better reflect the needs of people living with HIV and key populations. The 2017 revision, a collaborative effort by HP+ and people living with HIV and key populations in Jamaica, includes 17 modules covering a range of topics from HIV and AIDS basics, treatment literacy, resilient leadership, and disclosure. Also new in 2017 is the adaptation of specific modules to compliment in-service trainings for health facility staff. Increasing peoples’ self-management capacity, the PHDP complements traditional patient education and has become a key aspect of Jamaica’s national HIV response towards achieving their goals. The webinar discussed the PHDP training curriculum, how it was developed, how it’s being used in Jamaica, and how it could be used and adapted for different stakeholders and country contexts, populations, and epidemic types.
Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Knight-Johnson (USAID), Sandra McLeish (HP+ Jamaica), Ainsley Reid (National Family Planning Board Sexual Health Agency)
5 Points Forward: Best Practices in Cascade Analytics and Costing as Steps to 95-95-95
Strengthening the HIV treatment cascade is critical as countries strive to meet the newly-set 95-95-95 targets. While these targets emphasize improved identification, treatment, and viral suppression, there are many intermediate steps and critical support interventions that are needed to reach these milestones. How do we ensure we are prioritizing interventions that have the greatest impact on strengthening the cascade, and what are the costs of implementing those interventions? The webinar was an opportunity for HP+ to present its analytical approach to evaluating and costing HIV treatment cascades in multiple countries, including Ghana, Kenya, and Indonesia. The webinar included presentations from other implementing partners working to strengthen HIV treatment cascades and a moderated panel discussion.
Speakers: Cathy Barker Cantelmo (HP+), Bryan Patenaude (OHA, USAID), Reuben Granich (independent consultant), Arin Dutta (HP+)
How to Identify Policy Gaps; Strengthen the Continuum of HIV Care, Treatment, and Prevention; and Meet Your LEA Requirement with One Easy Tool
While other legal environment assessment (LEA) methodologies often primarily focus on human rights and stigma issues, HP+’s HIV Policy Scan and Action Planning (PSAP) process focuses on identifying policy barriers within the HIV continuum of care, treatment, and prevention; prioritizing areas for deep policy dives; and developing action plans for policy development or reform. This webinar showcased findings from Ghana and Lesotho and detailed how the PSAP process can be applied in different country contexts.
Speakers: Kip Beardsley (HP+), Andrew Zapfel (HP+), Kent Klindera (USAID)