Finally, America here we are! In jumbo jet planes we came! KLM, the Dutch air carrier that brought us to Washington, D.C. for the AIDS 2012 Conference, was forced to switch to a larger plane to accommodate the multitude of people that came from all corners of planet Earth, harkening America’s call for people of all walks of life to come together in an effort to turn the tide against the HIV pandemic .
Andrew Alyao Ocero is the Director of Clinical Services on JSI’s Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS and Tuberculosis (NUMAT) Program. In this blog, Dr. Ocero calls Rome a theatrical backdrop to the IAS 2011 conference’s grand three day performance, where findings of landmark clinical trials were put on show, studies were debated, and challenges and innovations were hashed out. He and fellow participating NUMAT staff noted the clear message that implementation science needs to become part and parcel of strategies aimed at strengthening health service delivery, took away a greater appreciation of the ways stronger referral mechanisms and more comprehensive MCH and FP services can attract more HIV clients to use services, and were given pause by two papers presented at the conference which put a caveat on assumptions about service integration as a panacea for improved HIV care.
The proceedings at the 18th International Conference on AIDS in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday had particularly resounding relevance to some of the work the clinical department at the JSI – NUMAT project has hitherto been engaged in. On Wednesday, we were given an opportunity to showcase our largely successful effort to provide CD4 lymphocyte … Continue reading “ART Laboratory Monitoring”