Post International AIDS Society (IAS) 4 October
Given the need for concerted efforts and multisectoral partnership for profound health and economic gains in the fight against the HIV epidemic-the Ministry of Health saw a need for a platform to share new evidence and knowledge from the 21st International AIDS Society (IAS), 2016 conference with local stakeholders involved in HIV prevention and treatment. The platform is meant to influence policies and health service delivery hence the Post Durban IAS Dissemination Meeting held at Bethel Court Guest House on November3, 2016. Meeting was graced by Ministry of Health Officials from national, regional and facility level as well as partners from, UN agencies representative, PEPFAR/CDC, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).. A total of 130 participants attended the meeting.
Presentations were structured according to three thematic areas: HIV prevention, Care and Treatment and TB and Medical technologies. For maximum participation and feedback the meeting had guided breakaway group discussions and plenary sessions.
- A National Framework to guide implementation of PrEP demonstration project should be developed.
- HIV Testing Services remains not adequately accessed by key populations and men.
- There is need for intensified support for birth testing.
- Test and Start can help Swaziland achieve the 90-90-90 global target.
- Linkages remains a challenge in HIV management.
- Differentiated care maximizes the benefit for PLHIV.
- The country need to have routine HIVDR surveys.
Recommendation from the meeting:
- A majority of the participants found the meeting very relevant.
- Participants encouraged the Ministry of Health to conduct more of research dissemination meeting as to encourage health care workers remain abreast with the latest innovations in health care.
- Health care workers would like to be involved in all stages of policy formulation not only at implementation stage.