IeDEA Central Africa led an all-Africa meeting to discuss how the IeDEA consortium could enhance “treat-all” implementation of universal HIV testing, treatment, retention, and virologic suppression across sub-Saharan Africa. Supported by an R13 from NIAID, the meeting brought together 200 participants to hear about Rwanda’s experience implementing universal HIV treatment, work on prioritizing research questions around the 90-90-90 cascade, develop strategies for how to integrate multi-disciplinary health services, and improve engagement with key populations. Overarching goals discussed included how to measure the impact of treat-all-related policy changes on HIV testing and treatment cascades, while exploring potential threats to long-term retention, including patients developing advanced HIV disease after returning to care following interruptions (“churn”). Link to Kigali Today Press article on the meeting: http://ktpress.rw/2017/11/global-scientists-gather-in-rwanda-to-boost-new-strategy-against-hiv/
IeDEA All-Africa Meeting, November 5, Kigali: Rwanda Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba (6th from left) with representatives of the Rwanda Military Hospital, the Rwanda Biomedical Center, WHO, NIH, and IeDEA.