Management Sciences for Health at the 20th ICASA Conference

The 20th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is being held in Kigali, Rwanda this week, from Dec 2-7. The forum serves as a platform to take stock of achievements and challenges impeding progress toward the UNAIDS’ global 90-90-90 targets and pave the way for efficient innovation and collaboration toward reaching epidemic control in Africa.

MSH’s Dr. Andrew Etsetowaghan, Technical Director for the USAID Care and Treatment for Sustained Support (CaTSS) project in Nigeria, presented on the project’s experiences in optimizing simpler treatment regimens and improving linkage to treatment using data tools for decision making. Estetowaghan also met Ambassador Deborah Birx, who stressed the importance of continued collaboration as PEPFAR’s 2020 Country Operational Plans take shape. 

[Dr. Andrew Etsetowaghan and Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, who oversees the implementation of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).]Dr. Andrew Etsetowaghan and Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, who oversees the implementation of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The work of the Angola Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) project to improve civil society’s contribution in the fight against HIV and reach high-risk populations through online platforms is also being presented.

Stop by to learn more about MSH’s work at ICASA:

 

CaTSS Nigeria

 

Poster sessions: 

Wednesday, 4 December:

Optimizing uptake of dolutegravir (DTG) based regimen in North-West Nigeria; A six-month retrospective review

Thursday, 5 December:

Optimizing linkage to HIV treatment through improved utilization of data tools for decision in North-West Nigeria

 

LINKAGES Angola

 

Oral presentation:

Attracting hard to reach trans women to HIV programming in Luanda, Angola by attending to their gender identity needs as trans women

Poster Sessions:

Thursday, 5 December: 

Making civil society's contributions in the fight against HIV visible with data in Angola

Friday, 6 December:

Testing two methods for reaching high-risk MSM online in Angola at scale and linking them to offline HIV prevention services