Virtual Learning Network

The PrEP Learning Network, hosted by CHOICE, provides national and sub-national ministries, implementing partners, community-based organizations (CBOs), and others working with PrEP around the world with the tools and resources, best practices, and opportunities to learn from others to help to advance PrEP scale-up. Prior to July 2020, the PrEP Learning Network was hosted by OPTIONS, EpiC and RISE.

Its webinar series features presentations from experts in specific content areas, lessons learned and insights from implementing partners and government ministries, and new tools or research on specific topics related to PrEP scale-up, ranging from demand creation to continuation.

The following pages include links to register for upcoming PrEP Learning Network webinars, watch previously recorded webinars and access complementary resources, research and tools on webinar topics. See the WHO website for information on additional PrEP webinars hosted by the World Health Organization.

Upcoming Webinars

  • UNAIDS Global HIV Prevention Coalition: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Webinar
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 9:00 EDT | 15:00 CAT | 16:00 EAT
    Join representatives from WHO, UNAIDS, and Avenir Health for a session exploring tools available for PrEP implementation planning, including target setting using PrEP-it 2.0.
    Register here.

Previous Webinars

  • Updated WHO Guidance on Laboratory Monitoring for PrEP and the GEMS Project’s HIV Drug Resistance Monitoring
    Thursday, September 30, 2021
    In this session, the WHO provided updates from the new Consolidated HIV Guidelines on laboratory monitoring and testing for oral PrEP, particularly relating to kidney function, and the GEMS project team discussed the risk of HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) in individuals who seroconvert while using PrEP. Presenters from the GEMS project explained how national-level HIVDR monitoring has been conducted in partnership with Ministries of Health. We reviewed examples of job aids and other resources we developed and described the process of training sites, collecting and testing samples, and data evaluation and dissemination.
    Recording / Slides (English) / Slides (French) / Resource Sheet
  • WHO Global PrEP Network: Integrating STIs and PrEP for comprehensive, client centred sexual health services
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    A stellar list of experts from Guyana, India, South Africa and UK explored the importance, opportunities and barriers related to integrating sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) — highlighting program, clinician and community perspectives.
  • WHO Global PrEP Network: Get PrEP Done! Strategies for raising awareness, acceptability, uptake and effective use of PrEP
    Wednesday, July 7, 2021
    A stellar list of speakers from Brazil, Morocco, Philippines, Thailand and Zambia provided an overview of good practice for civil society-led campaigns and explore successful promotions to improve PrEP programs and support acceptability, awareness, uptake and effective use of PrEP among their communities.
  • Reframing PrEP Continuation: Highlights from the PMM-Jhpiego-USAID Think Tank on Prevention Effective Use of PrEP
    Thursday, May 27, 2021
    In this discussion, we heard the latest discussions on how effective PrEP use can be best defined, measured and promoted. Learnings from diverse stakeholders were shared, including a report back from the latest in the series of PrEP Effective Use Think Tanks (September 29, 2020) from the PMM-Jhpiego-USAID.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Developing Guidelines and Plans for the Delivery of Event-Driven PrEP
    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    This session focused on event-driven oral PrEP. Gaston Djomand (CDC) and Chris Obermeyer (USAID) provided an overview of this PrEP regimen—what it is, who it’s for, effective use, advantages and disadvantages, and policy and programmatic considerations for implementation, and implementation resources. In addition, Greg Carl (Institute of HIV Research and Innovations) shared EpiC’s ED-PrEP rollout experience in Thailand.
    Recording / Slides (English) / Slides (French) / Resource Sheet
  • PrEP Delivery Strategies and Universal Access to PrEP: Findings from the POWER and SEARCH Studies
    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    We heard from the research teams from the POWER and SEARCH studies on the specific PrEP service delivery models used, end user motivators and barriers to use, lessons learned and the programmatic implications for these findings. The SEARCH study examined 16 communities in rural Kenya and Uganda, which offered universal access and an inclusive approach to PrEP for those at increased risk of HIV. The delivery model included same-day PrEP start on-site during community testing at health fairs and a flexible care delivery model that included follow-up visits at clinic or community-based sites. The POWER project took place in South Africa and Kenya and developed piloted scalable PrEP adherence support and delivery strategies to meet women’s needs for prevention that are integrated with already established programs.
    Slides / Recording / Resource Sheeet
  • Re-thinking the Use of Risk Assessment Tools for PrEP
    Thursday, January 21, 2021
    In this webinar, we discussed the background and challenges associated with using risk assessments to determine PrEP readiness. A representative from the World Health Organization shared their approach and intention behind ‘risk screening’ and raised implementation considerations from a global perspective. Implementation challenges with risk assessment tools were highlighted by Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust, with experience shared from a recent implementation study that examined the cascade between HIV testing and PrEP uptake. Finally, panelists from several other countries provided their perspective on possible solutions to the current risk assessment challenges and how these tools can be best used to engage in conversations around PrEP readiness and continuation.
    Slides / Recording / Resource Sheet
  • PrEP, Relationship Dynamics, and Intimate Partner Violence: Findings and Tools from the CHARISMA Project
    Thursday, November 19, 2020
    The USAID- and PEPFAR-funded CHARISMA project recently completed a randomized controlled trial with women using oral PrEP in South Africa to assess the effectiveness of the CHARISMA empowerment counseling intervention on improving PrEP adherence and relationship dynamics such as partner communication and support, PrEP disclosure, and IPV reduction. In this webinar, we heard the results of the RCT and learned more about the upcoming release of the CHARISMA intervention toolkit.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • PrEP for AGYW: Experiences from DREAMS programs
    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    In this webinar, we learned more about current innovations to increase access, uptake and continuation of PrEP amongst adolescent girls and young women. Presenters from DREAMS programs around the region shared current successes, challenges and scale-up plans to reach this population.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Next Generation HIV Prevention: The Dapivirine Vaginal Ring
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    In this webinar, we focused on the dapivirine vaginal ring, which recently received a positive scientific opinion from the European Medicines Agency and is now under review by the World Health Organization as a potential new HIV prevention option for women. Hear an overview of the dapivirine vaginal ring and the regulatory process, a framework for ring introduction as part of combination prevention, and national considerations for introduction in Zimbabwe and Kenya.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Expanding Access to PrEP through Community-based Delivery
    Thursday, August 27, 2020
    In this webinar, we heard how implementing partners in South Africa and Eswatini are using community-based methods to deliver ART and PrEP to priority populations. These models include ATM-style drug distribution systems, a courier pharmacy, use of smart locker collection points, and mobile outreach for hard to reach areas. This webinar featured presentations from Right to Care in South Africa and The Luke Commission in Eswatini.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Stigma and PrEP Rollout
    Thursday, July 23, 2020
    Research shows that stigma is an important barrier to the uptake of most services along the HIV prevention cascade, including PrEP. In this webinar, we heard about evidence-based approaches to address provider-level stigma, so clients feel comfortable and supported when accessing PrEP services. We’ll also heard how Kenya has tried to de-stigmatize PrEP use by positioning it as an HIV prevention option “for all.”
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Going Virtual for Provider PrEP Training
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    In this webinar, we heard from Jhpiego, JSI and Wits RHI on how PrEP training for health care providers is being delivered in Nigeria and South Africa. AIDS Free in Nigeria has recently launched a virtual training that focuses on self-study of the online WHO clinical training coupled with group webinars to discuss Nigeria-specific considerations. South Africa has transitioned their national Clinical Management of oral PrEP face-2-face training to a virtual platform and has trained over 2,000 providers to date using this methodology. We learned more about considerations for virtual trainings, the specific approaches used in each of these countries, as well as lessons learned and how these methodologies can be applied elsewhere.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Going Virtual with PrEP Service Delivery
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    In this webinar, we heard from FHI 360, PATH and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre on how their projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya and Eswatini are using virtual platforms to support PrEP and antiretroviral therapy delivery. These programs have had virtual and online elements established for some time, which are even more important now in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We heard about how to support new and continued use of PrEP, carry out laboratory testing and provide remote case management through virtual technologies and innovative adaptations.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • PrEP Delivery in the Context of COVID-19
    Thursday, April 23, 2020
    In this webinar, an overview of PEPFAR’s PrEP guidance in the context of COVID-19 was provided, including key considerations for program implementation. PrEP implementers from South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho discussed how they have adapted PrEP service delivery to accommodate social distancing, lockdowns and ensure the safety of health care workers, clients and the community. Experiences, innovations and challenges were shared.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in PrEP Services
    Thursday, March 26
    In this webinar, USAID gave an overview of their requirements for addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) in PEPFAR-funded PrEP programs. Then, a PrEP implementer in Kenya discussed how they are addressing IPV in PrEP counseling and the CHARISMA project gave a sneak-peak of their intervention addressing relationship dynamics and IPV with women using PrEP. We encouraged all PrEP implementers to attend the webinar and share your experiences, challenges, and needs in terms of effectively integrating IPV screening and response and helping women experiencing violence use PrEP.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • PrEP for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
    Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Many countries are still leaving behind two critically important populations for PrEP services: pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In this webinar, experts discussed new findings from Kenya on PrEP initiation and continuation among pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as delving into the details of a project in Lesotho that is developing new tools and resources to support PrEP service delivery for these populations.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Using Human-Centered Design to Bridge the Disconnect Between Providers and End Users in PrEP Programming
    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Technical experts and implementing partners shared human-centered design approaches and collected insights from health care providers and community health workers to strengthen PrEP provision to adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Zambia.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Setting Targets for PrEP
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    Technical experts and policymakers discussed considerations for setting PrEP targets, shared examples of various tools and approaches that can be used for setting targets, and discussed lessons learned from on-the-ground experience with target setting.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Addressing Challenges and Achieving Success Integrating PrEP into Other Health Services
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Implementing partners and technical experts discussed the primary challenges involved with PrEP integration and provided examples of effective strategies learned from ongoing PrEP integration efforts into family planning and STI settings.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • From IPC to Mass Media: Developing a Media Mix for Your PrEP Communications
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Technical experts discussed key considerations in determining the appropriate media mix for PrEP communications, and implementing partners shared examples of tactics used to promote PrEP, including social media and peer navigation programs.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Demand Creation: Developing an Insights-Driven Strategy
    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Implementing partners shared recent behavior change strategies which include human-centered design and mass media approaches.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • Identifying PrEP Continuation Challenges and Approaches to Support Success
    Thursday, September 12, 2019
    Implementing partners from Kenya (Jhpiego/Jilinde) and Zimbabwe (PZAT) shared PrEP continuation challenges, successes and approaches, and speakers from Jhpiego and the Prevention Market Manager (PMM) presented findings from a recent Think Tank on defining impact and success in the context of PrEP and discuss key considerations for measuring and monitoring continued/effective use.
    Recording / Slides / Resource Sheet
  • PrEP Learning Network Launch Session
    Thursday, August 22, 2019
    During this first webinar session, implementing partners from three countries (Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and South Africa) shared their experiences with PrEP scale-up including current status of scale-up, successes, challenges encountered and key insights learned.
    Recording / Slides / OPTIONS Tools and Resources / Resource Sheet

Regional Workshop

  • Scaling Up PrEP: 2019 PrEP Learning Network Regional Workshop
    November 11-13, 2019 in Blantyre, Malawi
    During this three-day workshop, participants had opportunities to share their PrEP scale-up experiences and learn from others including national and regional health departments, implementing partners and community-based organizations. Through a combination of plenary sessions, expert presentations, panel discussions and interactive small group sessions, participants explored common PrEP scale-up challenges and effective strategies across PrEP populations. View the agenda, workshop presentations and final report here.

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The PrEP Learning Network Regional Workshop will be hosted by:
  • Optimizing Prevention Technology Introduction on Schedule (OPTIONS), a multidisciplinary consortium, focuses on expediting and sustaining access to antiretroviral-based HIV prevention products. In recent years, OPTIONS has facilitated learning collaboratives with ministries and organizations interested in and actively rolling out PrEP to ensure learning extended beyond program and geographical boundaries.
  • Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC), a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control. EpiC provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, treatment programming and viral load suppression.
  • Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control (RISE), one of five new global, PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS projects in 2019, will support countries to achieve and maintain epidemic control through provision of strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to improve prevention, HIV case finding and treatment programming. RISE will prepare countries and LIPs to address barriers in HIV services among at-risk adult men, women and priority and key populations, optimize national and sub-national systems, and build capacity of local implementing partners, leveraging data to achieve and maintain epidemic control over the course of 5 years.