In advance of World AIDS Day, Population Services International (PSI) and UNITAID team up in a two-year project that will scale up HIV self-testing in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
WASHINGTON, and HARARE, Zimbabwe, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, on the eve of World AIDS Day, PSI joined UNITAID, the World Health Organization and ministry of health officials from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to launch the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA).
The largest evaluation of HIV self-testing (HIVST) in Africa to date, the two-year $23 million UNITAID/PSI pilot project is being implemented in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and University College London. It will generate crucial information about how to deliver HIVST, how to generate HIVST demand and the potential public health impact of HIVST.
At the launch, government health officials, affected populations, donors, implementers and researchers highlighted how the project can contribute to the global effort to achieve UNAIDS’s 90/90/90 treatment targets set for 2020. The ambitious targets call on the global community to ensure that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of people with diagnosed HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90% of those individuals on ART achieve viral suppression.