Evidence, Best Practices and Recommendations for global HIVST Scale Up

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The COVID-19 pandemic is now a major global health threat with 7 million cases and 402,000 deaths reported to WHO (8 June 2020), incurring grave societal and economic consequences, severe supply chain interruptions for medical, diagnostic and infection prevention commodities and impact on the health delivery system in many countries.

Even through this pandemic, meeting the needs of people who live with or are at risk of HIV has never been more important. HIV self-testing (HIVST) can play a critical role in ensuring the continuity of HIV testing services during this time, as it provides an opportunity to adhere to physical distancing guidance and reduce the risk of exposure transmission for both beneficiaries and health care providers.

In the first installment of the webinar series, we shared Unitaid’s STAR/ATLAS Technical Guide  Considerations for HIVST in the Context of COVID-19 with case studies from South Africa, Eswatini and Kenya. 

In our second webinar series, join us as we explore the evidence, best practices and recommendations for global HIVST scale-up

To register for one of our webinars, please see the dropdown menus below, and don’t forget to download our Technical Guide, “Considerations for HIVST in the Context of COVID-19” here:


Evidence, Best Practices and Recommendations for Global HIVST Scale-Up

HIV Self-Testing: Where Are We with Policy, HIV Self-Test Kit Regulation and Registration and Safety Monitoring 

  • Date: Thursday, 9 July 2020 
  • Time: 11am EST | 5pm UTC/GMT+2

Moderator: Rachel Baggaley, World Health Organization 


  • Cheryl Johnson, World Health Organization 
  • Agnes Kijo, World Health Organization, RPQ/REG 
  • Mohammed Majam, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute 
  • Euphemia Sibanda, Centre for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research Zimbabwe 
  • Miriam Taegtmeyer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

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HIVST for Key populations: Experiences from West-Africa, Asia and Southern Africa

  • Date: Thursday, 13 August 2020 
  • Time: 8am EST | 2pm UTC/GMT+2

Moderator: Melissa Neuman and Karin Hatzold


  • Frances Cowan, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Anthony Vautier, Solthis
  • Maryam Shahmanesh, University College London
  • Kim Green, PATH
  • PSI Central Asia

How to deliver HIVST in a sustainable manner to increase testing coverage among priority populations, experiences and lessons learned from STAR

  • Date: Thursday, 27 August 2020 
  • Time: 8am EST | 2pm UTC/GMT+2

Moderator: Frances Cowan and Karin Hatzold


  • Liz Corbett, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Syed Mohammed, AfsarILO
  • Representative from Ezintsha
  • Representative from Aurum Institute
  • Representative from Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute

Download the presentation here.  Download the Q&A here. 

Self-Testing Scale Up and Health Systems: Integrating HIVST Distribution into Health Systems, M&E, HIVST Commodity Quantification and Forecasting and PSM

  • Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020 
  • Time: 9am EST | 3pm UTC/GMT+2

Moderator: Muhammad Shahid Jamil and Karin Hatzold


  • Taurai Kambeu, STAR Initiative/Population Services International
  • Boitumelo Morakile, Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • NDOH, South Africa
  • Aayush Solanki, Population Services International
  • Mohammed Majam, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute

Download the presentation here!

Demand Creation and Communications, Community Engagement and Community Based Monitoring 

  • Date: Thursday, 1 October 2020 
  • Time: 9am EST | 3pm UTC/GMT+2 

Moderator: Moses Kumwende


  • Cheryl Johnson, WHO
  • Indravudh, Pitchaya, LSHTM
  • Sumathi Balasubramanian, PSI
  • Nicola Desmond
  • Anthony Vautier, Solthis

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HIV Self-testing Products, Technical Updates on Clinical Performance, Usability and Acceptability in Program Implementation

  • Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020 
  • Time: 8am EST | 2pm UTC/GMT+2 

Moderator: Rachel Baggaley and Karin Hatzold


  • Dr. Thato Chirikire, NDOH 
  • Cheryl Johnson, WHO 
  • Agnes Kidjo, WHO 
  • Mohammed Majam, Eznitsha 

Download the presentation here!  

HIVST Costing, Cost-Effectiveness and Impact Modeling 

  • Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020 
  • Time: 9am EST | 3pm UTC/GMT+2

Moderator: Cheryl Johnson and Euphemia Sibanda


  • Fern Terris- Prestholt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Gesine Meyer-Rath, Boston University Center for Global Health and Development
  • Harsha Thirumurthy, Penn University
  • Mark D’Elbee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Seth McGovern, Population Services International 

Download the presentation here! 

Previous Webinar Series

HIV Self-Testing During COVID-19

Please use the dropdown menus below to watch our previous webinars! 

In this first installment of this webinar series, we shared Unitaid’s STAR/ATLAS Technical Guide “Considerations for HIVST in the context of COVID-19″ with case studies from South Africa, Eswatini and Kenya and provided an overview of ways that service providers, implementers and country governments can pivot towards HIVST during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dive into the full webinar below!



In this second installment of this webinar series, we looked at case studies from Vietnam, Ukraine, Zambia and West Africa as we discussed how to adapt HIV programming during this pandemic.



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