Sharing lessons virtually at the International AIDS Conference
The world’s largest global health-focused gathering—the International AIDS Conference—presented the work of SHOPS Plus colleagues Sean Callahan, Lauren Rosapep, Nassim Diaz Casado, Jonathan Cali, and Claudia Valdez to advance the fight against AIDS. The virtual conference provided an opportunity for SHOPS Plus to emphasize the importance of using the untapped capabilities of the private sector to expand care to those in need.
Sean Callahan delivered a presentation on the emerging trends of private sector delivery of self testing for HIV, educating others on the benefits of using the private sector. Following the experience, he reflected on the importance of the event given the current context:
With all of the disruptions caused by COVID, it’s more important than ever that countries consider how they can engage their private sectors to ensure continued access to essential HIV services. The virtual conference was a great opportunity to share some lessons from our efforts to integrate the public and private sectors to strengthen markets for priority HIV products and to sustain NGO service providers.”
Lauren Rosapep shared her virtual poster on the know-do gap in adherence to TB-HIV screening guidelines in urban Nigeria. Her study looked at the quality of TB care among private clinical providers in two states, and offered recommendations on how to address gaps. Nassim Diaz Casado, Jonathan Cali, and Claudia Valdez summarized their work in a poster describing the successful efforts toward sustainability of the HIV response in the Dominican Republic.