A Webinar on Linkage to and Retention in Care for People Living with HIV, with a Focus on Pre-ART Care and Support

USAID, in collaboration with AIDSTAR-One, will present a series of webinars targeting program planners interested in utilizing care and support tools created by AIDSTAR-One in collaboration with the PEPFAR Care and Support Technical Working Group.

Please join us for this discussion, the second in a four part series, which will provide information on experience in retaining clients in HIV care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Linkages to and retention in HIV care for people living with HIV has emerged as a priority under PEPFAR. Less than two-thirds of clients testing HIV positive in Sub-Saharan Africa are linked to care within three months of diagnosis, and less than half of recently diagnosed clients receive clinical staging; once in care, only about half are retained.1 According to a recent article by McNairy and El-Sadr2, linkage to care is considered the weakest component in the continuum of care. Although the challenges to retention in care prior to enrollment on antiretroviral therapy persist, programs are implementing a variety of practices to overcome these challenges. Clear policies and guidelines, and resources to support their implementation, are needed to take promising practices to scale with a focus on quality to meet demand and retain clients in care.

This webinar will present challenges, best practices, and lessons learned identified through a ten-country technical consultation held in 2010 and a thirteen-country desk review and survey conducted in late 2012. During the discussion session, participants will be encouraged to share additional practices and experiences.

Event Details:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

To join the meeting, please visit: https://ac.usaid.gov/as1-retention

Please LOG IN as a GUEST, using your first and last name

For those joining by phone, please use the following conference line information:
US Dial-in # (800) 516-9896 * International Dial-in # (816) 650-0725 * Participant Code: 5962754351

Time Topic Speaker/Facilitator
5 minutes Participants log in All participants
5 minutes Welcome and opening remarks Ilana Lapidos-Salaiz, USAID
25 minutes Review of report findings Heather Bergmann, AIDSTAR-One
25 minutes Q&A and discussion period Helen Cornman, AIDSTAR-One

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(1) Rosen S, Fox MP. Retention in HIV care between testing and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. PLoS Med 2011; 8 :e1001056.
(2) McNairy M., W. El-Sadr. 2012. The HIV care continuum: no partial credit given. AIDS 26(14):1735–1738.