CAPRISA’s ACC programme benchmarked to strengthen health systems in Zimbabwe and Malawi
Senior officials from the Zimbabwean and Malawian ministries of health, together with delegates from South African Department of Health from The National, KZN Provincial and eThekwini District office, and representatives from local partner NGO’s, MatCH and AHF, held a meeting with CAPRISA’s head of HIV and TB Treatment research, Dr Kogie Naidoo, towards the end of 2018.
The aim of the visit was to benchmark best practices from the CAPRISA Advanced Clinical Care (ACC programme specifically, the viral load utilisation and suppression project. “The success of the ACC programme lies in improved awareness and use of viral load monitoring for identification of unstable patients. Patients with unsuppressed viral loads on ART pose a threat to both ART program outcomes and HIV prevention efforts”, explained Naidoo. “The programme is responsive to local needs on the African continent and we are delighted to share the programme materials with our colleagues in Zimbabwe and Malawi.”