HIV Self-Testing Africa Project – Research

STAR events

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UNITAID, PSI, WHO and LSHTM will host a satellite session at IAS to share key findings from phase 1 of the STAR project and plans for phase 2, on Sunday 23rd July from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

For a summary of all HIV self-testing sessions and presentations see the IAS HIV Self-Testing Roadmap produced by STAR.


Past events

30 May to 2 June 2017: STAR Quantitative and Epidemiological Research Network workshop, Harare


13 – 15 May 2017: STAR Economics Network workshop, Lilongwe


29 – 30 March 2017: HIV Self-Testing Workshop, Nairobi

STAR will host at the Boma Hotel an HIVST workshop, the purpose of which is to bring together key stakeholders, to catalyse and inform new programming and evidence-based implementation and scale-up as well as to disseminate the latest WHO HIVST guidance in Africa. The workshop will focus on sharing the latest evidence and lessons learned on HIVST and skills building among key leaders from ministries of health, civil society, regulators and implementers who are working towards introducing and scaling-up HIVST. There will also be a one and a half-day supplementary meeting hosted by WHO on the afternoon of 27 March and the full day of 28 March to roll out the new WHO guidelines, and a two-day meeting from 31st March to plan phase 2 of the STAR project.

The specific objectives of the HIV Self Testing – Going To Scale” Star workshop meeting are:

  • To showcase a variety of HIVST distribution and implementation models and tools for country adaptation, policy development and scale up.
  • To facilitate dissemination and uptake of WHO guidelines among focal African countries.
  • To support skills building among policy-makers, implementers, researchers and other key stakeholders in implementing and scaling up HIVST in focal African countries.
  • To provide networking opportunities, especially South to South, to improve HIVST collaboration and knowledge sharing.

The HIVST Workshop agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.

The specific objectives of the WHO Guidance “Roll-out of the WHO Guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification” meeting are:

  • To provide an update on the WHO 2015 Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services and their implementation including among key populations.
  • To introduce the new WHO guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification.
  • To identify the priority actions for country adaptation, implementation and technical assistance needs.

The expected outcomes of the meeting are:

  • Participants updated on the implementation of the WHO 2015 Consolidated HIV testing and Counselling Guidelines
  • Dissemination of WHO guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification
    Key actions and technical assistance needs identified for implementation of HIV self-testing and partner notification

The participating countries are: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe- please refer to the attached Concept Note.

  • The WHO meeting “Roll-out of the WHO Guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification” concept notes can be found by clicking here.
  • The WHO Guidance agenda can be downloaded by clicking here

For further information on the WHO Guidance meeting on the 27th -28th March and HIVST Workshops please contact . Please note this is an invitation only event.

  • A webinar will be held on Thursday 30th March 2017, entitled: “HIV Self Testing – State of the ART: International and Kenyan Perspectives”. Please join us at from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm East Africa Time. Please click here for more information


3 – 4 November 2016: STAR Research meeting, London


1 – 2 November 2016: STAR Economics Network workshop, London


3 – 7 October 2016: STAR Consortium Partners Meeting, Lusaka


18 and 21 July 2016: STAR satellites at Durban AIDS Conference

STAR consortium members hosted two satellites in Durban, as detailed here.


7 – 8  July 2016: STAR Research Meeting, London

As detailed in the agenda.


4 – 6 July 2016: STAR Economics workshops, London


14 – 15 April 2016: Economics Working Group Meeting, Johannesburg

This meeting involved a STAR Project costing workshop, the aim of which will be to cost the interventions and modelling scale up, with a focus on collaborative work to jointly develop precise methods and scope of work.


11 – 13 April 2016: HIV STAR Consortium Partners Meeting, Johannesburg

This meeting aimed to: update consortium members on progress against project deliverables; discuss adjustments and changes in the research agenda, distribution approaches and implementation; guide implementation of project activities by soliciting feedback from the consortium; and identify areas of gaps or major challenges to project success, as well as opportunities for improved coordination/collaboration across project activities.


14 – 16 March 2016: Qualitative Research Network Meeting, Liverpool

As detailed here.

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