CQUIN Community of Practice Meeting: DSD for Adolescents Living with HIV Johannesburg, South Africa

DATE: October 25-27, 2017

The HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) held its second “community of practice” meeting focused on differentiated service delivery for adolescents living with HIV. The three-day gathering, held October 25-27 in Johannesburg, South Africa, brought together nearly 70 participants from all nine CQUIN countries.

Workshop participants – including ministries of health, implementing partners, youth advocates, academia, and non-governmental organizations – participated in plenary presentations, panel discussions and breakout groups focusing on key issues from differentiated testing to differentiated treatment. The panels focused on innovations and experiences, optimizing care, evidence from the front-line and scientific recommendations, and other priority topics. On the second day of the workshop, participants engaged in a lively debate on the pros and cons of school-based services.

Participants took a deeper dive in breakout group discussions around country-specific priorities and co-creation of resources needed for scale-up. Representatives from each country also used ICAP’s Differentiated Care Dashboard to conduct self-assessments on their progress.

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The ICAP Approach to Differentiated Service Delivery

Wednesday (October 25) Presentations

Thursday (October 26) Presentations

Friday (October 27) Presentations




Opening Sessions

The CQUIN Learning Network: Communities of Practice
Dr. Peter Preko, CQUIN Project Director

Adolescents Living with HIV: State of the Art
Dr. Elaine Abrams, Senior Director of Research, ICAP at Columbia University

Panel 1: Adolescents Living with HIV: National Guidelines, Minimum Package, Challenges and Priorities

Ms. Nobuhle Mthetwa, Pediatric ART Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Swaziland

Dr. Irenio Gaspar, STD and HIV/AIDS Programme Supervisor at the Maputo City Branch/Directorate of the Ministry of Health, Mozambique


Ms. Mokgadi Phokojoe, Director, Care and Support, National Department of Health, South Africa

Dr. Priscilla Lumano-Mulenga, HIV Technical Advisor, Ministry of Health, Zambia

Mrs. Alemtsehay Abebe Wolde Micheal, HIV Program Officer, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia


Panel 3: Optimizing Care for Adolescents and Young Adults: Evidence from the Frontline and Recommendations from the Scientific Community

Dr. Anna Grimsrud, Lead Technical Advisor, International AIDS Society (IAS): WHO Key considerations for differentiated ART delivery for children and adolescents & the IAS Decision framework: DSD for adolescents

Mr. Prosper Ndlovu, Youth Advocate, WITS RHI South Africa: What do adolescents and young PLHIV want? A summary from the work of IAS Differentiated Youth Champions



Opening Sessions

Innovations to Reach the First 90 for Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Swaziland
Dr. Lydia Mpango, Senior Clinical Advisor, AIDSFree, Swaziland

Panel 4: Adolescents Living with HIV: Legal Framework for Testing, Treatment, DSD, and Transitioning, Challenges and Priorities

Ms. Teddy Chimulwa, National Programme Officer, Adolescent Care and Treatment, Ministry of Health, Uganda

Dr. Clorata Gwanzura, DSD Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe

Ms. Dalitso Midiani, PMTCT Focal Person, Department of HIV/AIDS, Malawi

Panel 5: Adolescents Living with HIV: Innovations and Experience

Dr. Ann Sellberg, Clinical Mentor, Zvandiri-CATS, Zimbabwe

Ms. Judith Lungu, Head of Adolescent HIV Programs, Baylor-COE, Malawi

Dr. Maureen Syowai, Regional Technical Advisor, ICAP-JOORTH, Kenya

Ms. Shenaaz Pahad, Psychosocial Program Manager, WRHI, South Africa

Debate: School-based Services for Adolescents Living with HIV: Pro and Con

Pro: Dr. Justine Jelagat Odionyi, Senior Technical Advisor, EGPAF, Kenya

Con: Dr. Baker Bakashaba, Regional Project Manager, TASO, Uganda


Opening Sessions

Optimizing ART for Adolescents Living with HIV in the Context of Changing Guidelines
Dr. Nandita Sugandhi, Senior Staff Associate, ICAP at Columbia University



CQUIN Community of Practice Meeting: DSD for Adolescents Living with HIV Johannesburg, South Africa

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