HIV Self-Testing Africa Initiative – Research

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CROI 2019

STARing at CROI with their accepted abstract: Chido Dziva Chikwari, Tsitsi Bandason, Victoria Simms, Stefanie Dringus, Ethel Dauya, Grace McHugh, Edwin Sibanda, Rudo Chikodzore, Miriam N. Mutseta, Getrude Ncube, Sara Page-Mtongwiza, Elizabeth L. Corbett, Helen A. Weiss, Rashida Ferrand. Finding the Missing Children With HIV: Index-Linked Testing In Clinics & Communities.


Key past events from 2018

STAR Symposium 30th November 2018
In the context World AIDS Day, the STAR alliance held a public symposium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, discussing developments of HIV self-testing in the context of the STAR initiative with an international panel of researchers and public policymakers.
Watch the video here

Key past events from 2017

In addition to regular meetings of STAR’s partners and researchers, Qualitative Research Network, Economics Network and Quantitative and Epidemiology Network, the following events have been held.


STAR at AIDS 2108

The STAR Initiative held a satellite session on Monday 23rd July from 14:45 to 16:45, on “Taking HIV Self-Testing to Scale in Southern Africa”. This event was hosted by Unitaid, Population Services International and the World Health Organization.


STAR at ICASA 2017

STAR held a satellite session, “Translating HIV Self-Testing Innovation Into National Policy and Scale-Up”, on 7th December. The session reviewed WHO guidance and new evidence emerging from the STAR Initiative. Research updates and case studies from four African countries explored how HIV self-­testing (HIVST) evidence has been effectively translated into policy and the integration of HIVST into national HIV testing programmes.


“In Our Hands” film screening

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In Our Hands is a community-led documentary funded by Wellcome Trust. It is a collaboration between Global Health Film initiative, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Research Programme (MLW) and WHO, and produced by Millie Harvey. Villagers in rural Malawi were empowered to tell their stories of HIV self-testing, using participatory film-making. This resulted in a powerful public engagement film (see poster and synopsis), which was shown in eight different locations on and around World AIDS Day 2017: Geneva (Switzerland, by WHO and Le Groupe Side Geneve), Neno, Machinga and Blantyre (Malawi, by MLW), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire, for ICASA) and London (by LSHTM – see our photo gallery – and also as part of Global Health Film Festival).

A short version of the film is available here.


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UNITAID, PSI, WHO and LSHTM hosted 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.


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

STAR hosted at the Boma Hotel an HIVST workshop, the purpose of which was 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 focused 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.

The HIVST Workshop agenda can be downloaded by clicking here and presentations are available below:

Introduction (Dr Karin Hatzold)

Keynote address (Dr Nduku Kilonzo)

Panel 1 – Getting started at national level: Strategy, planning and oversight (Dr Rachel Baggaley; Dr Lot Nyirenda)

Panel 2 – Optimising accuracy of HIV self-tests (Mr Moses Kumwenda; Dr Euphemia Sibanda; Dr Alwyn Mwinga; Dr Elliot Cowan)

Panel 3 – HIVST distribution models, service delivery and linkage (Mr Richard Chilongosi; Ms Miriam Mutseta; Ms Mutinta Nalumbaba; Mr Mohammad Majam)

Panel 4 – Self-testing scale up and health systems: Integrating HIVST distribution into existing community health platforms and public sector HTS services (Mr Matt Greenall; Prof Kawango Agot; Dr Wanjiru Mukoma; Ms Sharmin Sharif)

Panel 5 – Moving HIVST from research to policy and practice: A policy maker’s perspective (Questions for policy makers)

Panel 6 – Research methods for scale-up (Dr Melissa Neuman; Dr Bernadette Henson; Dr Fern Terris-Prestholt)


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