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"There have been few studies that have investigated the extent to which health facilities in rural African settings have been able to keep pace with changing HIV testing policies. This study addresses this gap by assessing the implementation of HIV testing and counselling policies in rural health facilities in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania over the period 2013–2018." Dr Lameck Luwanda (cohort 2016-17)

Availability of test kits and guidelines at the health facilities by HDSS site and round.

This study by our alumnus Dr Lameck Luwanda (cohort 2016-17) examining how country policies have evolved to get more people to test for HIV, and how health facilities are coping with new guideline implementation as well as promoting good quality services.

The study acknowledges that, although it is important to increase testing reaching those who attend facilities, out of facility testing options should be made widely available to increase testing coverage. In addition, the study highly recommends that robust health systems are put in place to provide the necessary care and treatment options for those who test positive.

Link to the study: Assessing the implementation of facility-based HIV testing policies in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania from 2013–2018 

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