The week of 27th March will see these three major events taking place in Nairobi. In addition to the information available on this website at the above link, see LSTM’s article on the ‘Going to Scale’ workshop and how the STAR project has informed this week’s roll-out of HIV self-testing guidelines by WHO.
6th March 2017: STAR’s Youth Champion of HIV Prevention
Mr Mwiza Sambo of the Malawi Liverpool-Wellcome Trust (MLW) has successfully applied for a $5,000 grant to become a Youth Champion for HIV prevention among key populations – young Female Sex Workers (FSW) in Malawi.
The aim of this project is to scale up innovative approaches to HIV prevention work for young FSW in urban Blantyre using behavioural, biomedical and structural approaches, which will be linked to HIVST being implemented under STAR in Southern Malawi.
The project has the following objectives:
- To conduct formative research to establish the current HIV prevention needs of young FSW in Malawi;
- To set up youth peer groups among young FSW;
- To monitor Impact of peer groups on HIVST and linkage to care;
- To set up a linkage to care system among young FSW;
- To monitor uptake of HIV testing through HIVST among young FSW.
The grant runs for nine months from February 2017. An update on Mwiza’s work will follow later this year.
In a significant development to responding the the HIV testing gap, the first HIVST product was approved today by the UNITAID-funded Expediated Review Panel for Diagnostics, hosted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mr Mwiza Sambo from the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust explains the application of Rapid Ethnographic Assessments to ensure the design of an effective peer-led HIV self-testing delivery model among female sex workers in Malawi.
Have a look at our infographic to learn about some of the highlight achievements of the STAR project from its beginning up until World AIDS Day 2016. Also visit the PSI blog for a post and video on consumer empowerment through HIV self-testing.
In advance of World AIDS Day, WHO has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. Also see this video, published by WHO, in which Cheryl Johnson, an HIV Testing Specialist, explains how the new WHO guidance will support countries to promote self-testing and increase access to HIV services worldwide.
Dr Moses Kumwenda from the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust shares his experiences of working with female sex workers to develop a refined peer delivered HIV self-testing model.
See PSI’s analysis of the size of the HIV self-testing market in nine African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
See WHO’s story of a community-based distribution agent recruited by STAR in Malawi, where approximately one in ten people is living with HIV.
The STAR project’s satellite session on “Moving self-testing from theory to a reality in Africa” at the International AIDS Conference in Durban was a great success, and the project has been featured in this AIDSMAP article.
See the STAR project’s film, featuring Debra Messing and Robert Matiru, which was launched at the International AIDS Conference in Durban. Follow links from our STAR Blog page to read PSI’s blog series from the Malawi media visit with Debra.
Read about how the STAR Malawi team is developing a community engagement system to capture social harms.
This WHO article on HIVST lessons learned from Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and Zimbabwe includes reference to the STAR project by Dr Maponga of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health.
In March the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) hosted a three day workshop with partners to agree terms of reference for the STAR Qualitative Research Network (QRN), discuss roles and responsibilities, map research activities, review emerging themes and design the inter-country analysis. Learn more about the QRN’s work here.
On the eve of World AIDS Day 2015, the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project was launched at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), to generate crucial information on HIV self-testing.