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HIV Patient Linkage and Return Back to Care
February 14, 2022

28 March 2019

Brief Summary: NDoH and PEPFAR organized a practical workshop focused on how the Departments of Health at all levels, implementing partners, and PEPFAR can effectively improve and sustain the treatment cascade and specifically target linkage to care and loss to follow up. The goal of this workshop was to identify successful best practices, systems and tools that improve successful linkage to care, defaulter tracing and return back to care for different groups of People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

Session Themes Include:

Effective linkage to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) and same day ART initiation
The role of community health workers/Ward Based Primary Healthcare Outreach Teams (WBPHCOTs) and peer support in linkage to ART and defaulter tracing
Approaches to implement the Welcome Back Campaign
The role of community health workers/WBPHCOTs and peer support in re-engaging PLHIV aware of their status but not in care
Targeted strategies for men, Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW), paediatrics, and adolescent boys
Data quality assurance and quantifying true loss to follow up
Identifying reasons for poor linkages and Loss to Follow Up (LTFU) for specific populations
Implementation and systems to improve tracking, tracing and return back to care