HIV Self-Testing Africa Project – Research

Country policies & strategies

The current status of HIV self-testing (HIVST) policies in STAR countries is:

Malawi

The national guidelines on HIV testing services do not include a formal policy on HIVST, and no HIVST kits are licensed and registered for sale or use. However, HIVST is included in the national strategic plan and various implementation pilots are in progress.

Zambia

There is currently no formal policy on HIVST, and policies state that HIV testing and counselling must be conducted by health professionals and in certified centres, meaning that HIVST is arguably not legal . Several implementation pilots are being implemented, which will inform the development of guidelines as well as regulatory and policy frameworks.

Zimbabwe

The national guidelines on HIV testing services do not currently include HIVST. However, evaluation of the adoption of HIVST policies is taking place based on the results of a number of pilot programmes.

 

Follow the links below for HIV related strategic plans and policies from STAR countries.

Malawi

Malawi AIDS Response Progress Report, April 2015 (Government of Malawi)

Malawi Clinical Management of HIV in Children and Adults, 2014 (Malawi Ministry of Health)

Malawi Comprehensive HIV Testing and Counselling Training, 2013 (Malawi Ministry of Health)

Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan, 2011 – 2016 (Malawi Ministry of Health)

Malawi Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act (Laws of Malawi, Vol 5)

Malawi National HIV and AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, 2015 – 2020 (Malawi National AIDS Commission)

Malawi National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, 2015 – 2020 (Malawi National AIDS Commission)

Malawi National HIV Prevention Strategy, 2015 – 2020 (Malawi National AIDS Commission)

Legal Issues Surrounding the Distribution of HIV Self-Testing Kits: Review – Malawi, 2014 (Southern Africa AIDS Trust)

 

Zambia

Zambia National AIDS Strategic Framework, 2011 – 2015 (Zambia Ministry of Health and National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council)

Zambia HIV Prevention Strategy (Zambia National AIDS Council)

Zambia HIV Testing and Counselling Implementation Plan, 2014 – 2016 (Zambia Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health)

Zambia National AIDS Strategic Framework, 2014 – 2016 (Zambia Ministry of Health and National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council)

Zambia National Guidelines for HIV Counselling and Testing of Children (Zambia Ministry of Health and National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council)

Zambia National Guidelines for HIV Counselling and Testing, 2006 (Zambia Ministry of Health and National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council)

Legal Issues Surrounding the Distribution of HIV Self-Testing Kits: Review – Zambia, 2014 (Southern Africa AIDS Trust)

 

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe National Guidelines of HTC – 2014 (Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Childcare)

Legal Issues Surrounding the Distribution of HIV Self-Testing Kits: Review – Zimbabwe, 2014 (Southern Africa AIDS Trust)

Zimbabwe HIV Testing Services Guidelines 2015 are due out late 2016

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