Test & Start Roll Out

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  • World AIDS Day 2017

Spotlight on HIV Community Researchers

Community health worker in Zambia, Precious Mary Manzi, has been part of the EQUIP Right to Care country program since August 2017. Here she is conducts a research interview with Jessica Mwale who is HIV positive. Researchers like Precious interview 30 to 40 patients per week. Jessica is new on treatment and has been on antiretroviral [...]

Nov 30th, 2017|Zambia|

I knew I was sick

Mildred’s Story “I knew I was sick. I’ve known it for the last year but I was too scared, no – too petrified – to have a test. My husband is a miner in the Copperbelt and he only comes home once in a month. It’s my duty to look after our three children. I [...]

Nov 3rd, 2017|Zambia|

Test & Start

In October 2015, the World Health Organization issued guidance on what it calls the treat-all approach - or Test & Start - recommending antiretroviral therapy (ART), for everyone living with HIV at any CD4 cell count. Commonly known as Test and Start, this approach begins patients on ART immediately after an HIV-positive diagnosis in an effort to [...]

Oct 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

Malita’s story of hope

“1,178 Malawi kwacha. That’s how much I make every day,” Ms. Malita Misivisi stated. “In return, I cut 53 kilos of fresh tea leaves.” She smiled. For $1.60, this HIV+ mother of four, harvests 116 pounds of tea, tossing it over her shoulder into a homemade basket strapped to her back, every day. “During the day [...]

Sep 14th, 2017|Equip Health, Malawi|

Test & Start Insights

Phetole Mahasha, Senior Research Manager, EQUIP Central “What stood out for me from the SA AIDS Conference 2017 was something said by Professor Deenan Pillay, Professor in Virology at University College London’s Division of Infection & Immunity and Director of the Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa. He warned that as we roll out Test & [...]

Jul 27th, 2017|Equip Health|

Partnership to Boost HIV Treatment

A partnership to develop, test and scale innovative approaches that increase HIV testing, care and treatment has been signed by Advanced Biological Laboratories (ABL) and EQUIP Consortium partner, Right to Care. The implementation vehicle is a joint venture between the Right to Care Group and the Foundation for Professional Development Group called Qode. The agreement is open source access [...]

Jul 12th, 2017|Equip Health|