TB HIV Care was well represented at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science, which took place from 21 July to 24 July 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.
The IAS Conference on HIV Science is the world’s most influential meeting on HIV research and features diverse topics, speakers and cutting-edge studies.
TB HIV Care’s Prof. Harry Hausler presented on isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) among key populations at a TB and HIV satellite session, while Dr Andrew Scheibe participated in an HIV and viral hepatitis pre-conference session – as well as sharing findings of South Africa’s harm reduction coverage and gaps in an oral presentation (see article below).
TB HIV Care also had several meetings and engagements with partners, including UNITE, GNP+ and others.
On Monday, 26 November, TB HIV Care’s Doctor Kenneth Kaunda (DKK) Key Populations – Sex Worker Programme site was assessed for its capacity to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Key assessment objectives included:
To assess the facility in the quality management of HIV and TB
To assess implementation of the NSP HIV, STI and TB guidelines
Assess the data management system, including proper data collection, recording, analysis and reporting
To assess the drug supply and management system: planning, forecasting and reporting
Support the facility in identifying programme strengths, weaknesses and opportunities – and making appropriate recommendations for improvement of ART/ PrEP service delivery
The site was visited by Hasina Subedar, Eva Marumo (NDoH), Keitheng Matlapeng (North West Provincial DoH), Paul Motlhaoleng and Anna Malaudi (Matlosana District DoH). They were received by Mfezi Mcingana (TB HIV Care’s Key Populations Programme Manager) and the DKK team. A successful assessment was conducted and accreditation was granted for both ART and PrEP implementation for the site.
The TB HIV Care DKK team would like to thank the DKK District and the NW Provincial Department of Health for their continued support of the programme.
The Strand Street Drop-in Centre has relocated it’s PWID team to Woodstock. The new site needed a face-lift and clients were included (and instrumental) in the design and artwork for the centre.
The Woodstock site will be called ‘The Rufus Laverlott Community Care Centre’ – named after a service user and previous outreach peer who sadly lost his life in a train accident. We wanted to honor his memory.
The service users wanted the mural to reflect their journey, from where they were to where they are now. The TB HIV Care team wanted to encourage clients to take ownership of the space. The clients decided on the quotes and the words on the walls. We used it as an opportunity to develop skills. The designers/spray painters were fantastic and included clients in all the meetings and art work.
PWID/PWUD clients can access psychosocial, healthcare and OST services at the centre. They are loving the new space and say that they ‘feel at home’ and ‘part of a family’.