Experiences and lessons learnt from the HIV Treat All pilot phase implementation in Zimbabwe

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Abstract

Zimbabwe adopted the Treat All recommendations and started to implement them nationwide in 2017. Before launch, Treat All was piloted in nine districts. The sharing of implementation experiences and knowledge gained will significantly contribute to the implementation success in settings where Treat All still needs to be rolled out. We report on experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of Treat All during the pilot phase in Zimbabwe. Coordination and well-structured engagement plans with the districts led to the successful implementation of the Treat All pilot. The established technical working groups offered standardisation and a platform for the exchange of experience between the implementing partners and the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Training and capacity building of the healthcare workers through mentoring, support and supervision, and the provision of job aides were necessary to equip them with the required skills. Community knowledge, commitment and support were critical to the successful implementation of the guidelines. Health facilities preparedness was of great importance. This enabled the health facilities to develop mitigating strategies at the local level using existing resources. Studies examining how patient outcomes will progress under Treat All are pertinent.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHiv AIDS - Research and Palliative Care
Volume13
Pages (from-to)823-828
Number of pages6
ISSN1179-1373
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • HIV
  • antiretroviral therapy
  • Treat All
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • THERAPY

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