The SUTHI study (CAPRISA 013) team meeting

3 July 2017

International and local collaborators attended the CAPRISA 013 Study, Scaling up TB HIV Integration (SUTHI), annual progress update meeting held over two days on 27 – 28 June, at the CAPRISA headquarters in Durban.  The collaborators included colleagues from the South African Medical Research Council, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), University College London and teams from the Provincial (KwaZulu-Natal) and District Department of Health. They provided valuable expertise in terms of improving the Quality Improvement strategy, guiding the study’s evaluation framework and input into the statistical approach for the study. The highlight of the meeting was the presentations from two Primary Health Care nurses whose clinics are recipients of the Quality Improvement intervention. Collaborators had the opportunity to hear first-hand how the CAPRISA QI intervention is influencing clinic performance in terms of screening for Tuberculosis (TB), HIV testing in TB-infected patients and initiating Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) in eligible HIV-infected patients. The study is testing the effectiveness of a quality improvement model to integrate TB HIV services in Primary Health Care Clinics in two rural districts of King Cetshwayo and Ugu in KwaZulu-Natal

Photo:Back row from left: Kelechi Oladimeji, Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma, Nhlakanipho Memela, Jay Ramota, Mduduzi Mbatha, Siphumelele Mlambo,  Nokuthula Zulu, Mesuli Mhlongo; Middle Row from left : Sanisha Rampersad, Nesri Padayatchi, Nthabiseng Koloane, Zanele Linda, Nondwe Zama, Zanele Radebe, Regina Mlobeli, Kea Maruping, Salim Abdool Karim; Front Row: from left: (Standing) Taruna Chetty, Seated: Maureen Tshabalala , Pierre Barker, Andrew Nunn, Santhana Gengiah, Kogie Naidoo