Stepping Up Self-Care and Digital Health to End AIDS

The HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative is a Unitaid-funded project, led by Population Services International (PSI), to catalyze the global market for HIV self-testing (HIVST), generate evidence for decision-making and create an enabling environment for HIVST scale-up. PSI is the Secretariat and a member of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group, a global coalition dedicated to expanding the safe and effective practice of self-care so that individuals can better manage their own health, health outcomes are improved, and health systems are better equipped to achieve universal health coverage.  

On June 7th, Self-Care Trailblazer Group members hosted a side event on the margins of the UN High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS. This event placed a spotlight on how to scale up existing self-care and digital health interventions as we rethink the current approach to health service delivery—ensuring access to HIV prevention and care during and beyond the pandemic. 

The webinar featured leading experts in HIV prevention, treatment and care, including: 

This event was also an opportunity to hear from those on the frontlines of self-care, from Tumiseng Morapedi, nurse and operations manager at the Yeoville Clinic in Johannesburg to the personal testimonial of Zimiso Sibanda, an Uber driver and direct beneficiary of community-based distribution of HIV self-testing in Johannesburg’s hotspots such as transport hubs, including taxi ranks and train stations. 

From the integration of digital self-care for HIV programs, to the exploration of a stepped-care approach to HIV service delivery, to the application of insights and lessons learned from the HIV self-testing roadmap to self-care strategies, our speakers discussed how to approach the HIV response by working across intervention areas with respect to governance, implementation and learning to define a ‘self-care approach’.  

We invite you to download the slides and view the presentation below. 

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