Lessons from the Field
As oral PrEP rolls out in Eastern and Southern Africa, implementers are facing and overcoming real-world obstacles. Whether it’s a supply chain question or skepticism from community leaders, run away rumors or less than perfect packaging, the people delivering PrEP are gaining invaluable information about how to address practical problems and successfully deliver PrEP to the people who need it most.
Lessons from the Field brings you these stories. Come here to learn from others, sharpen insights and find useful resources. Together, we will make HIV prevention and the implementation of PrEP smart, efficient and effective.
OPTIONS Plan 4 PrEP Tool Offers Countries Support for Rollout
The OPTIONS Consortium, with work led by FSG, recently created the Plan 4 PrEP tool to support national planning for oral PrEP rollout. The tool was developed based on experiences in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, where OPTIONS supported the Ministries of Health and technical working groups (TWGs) in each country to develop a strategy for oral PrEP introduction.
Support Groups a Driver to PrEP Rollout in Kenya
People using PrEP pointed to support groups as one of the most important resources they depend on to help them maintain good adherence. The groups consist of 10-15 people who are self-led and meet regularly to share their experiences and challenges in using PrEP.
Early Lessons from Kenya’s Oral PrEP Rollout Planning
Over the past three years, Kenya has been home to multiple oral PrEP demonstration projects and has progressed in its planning process to introduce oral PrEP as part of the country’s HIV response. Dr. Michael Kiragu is Technical Advisor for HIV Prevention at LVCT Health and a Principal Investigator in the Introducing PrEP into Combination Prevention (IPCP) demonstration project in Kenya. In an interview earlier this year, Dr. Kiragu shared his insights on the planning for PrEP introduction in Kenya, lessons learned from that experience and the questions and challenges that lay ahead.
The Road to PrEP Introduction in South Africa
South Africa has been a pioneer on introducing oral PrEP as part of HIV combination prevention. From hosting numerous demonstration projects to establishing new regulatory and implementation models for oral PrEP and other PrEP products, the country’s Department of Health, implementing partners and civil society have paved the way for PrEP at home and abroad.
Early Insights from PrEP Demo Projects
Implementers from early demonstration projects in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe share challenges and successes delivering oral PrEP in the real world.
Early Lessons from South Africa’s Rollout of Oral PrEP to Sex Workers
In June 2016, South Africa’s National Department of Health began making oral PrEP available to sex workers. This represented the first time that PrEP was made available outside of a research study or demonstration project in an African country. Maria Sibanyoni, Program Manager of the Sex Worker program at Wits RHI, shared some early insights on what she has learned about delivering PrEP.
Q&A with Saiqa Mullick, Director of Implementation Science at Wits RHI
Dr. Saiqa Mullick is on the frontlines of PrEP introduction in South Africa. In her role as the Director of Implementation Science at Wits RHI and Deputy Director of the OPTIONS Consortium, Dr. Mullick has been deeply involved in the emergent strategy to bring PrEP to South Africans as an effective and game-changing prevention option. In this conversation, she outlines the opportunities, challenges and remaining questions in the continued effort to make PrEP widely available and effectively used.