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Spotlight on MSF Research: Reaching the first 90%
The first of UNAID's '90-90-90 Targets' is for 90% of people living with HIV to know their status. MSF are helping in Eswatini by introducing community-based HIV-testing and HIV self-testing in rural areas.
Without addressing this first target and effectively linking positive clients to care the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic will not be achieved. HIV-testing, using rapid tests at the facility or in the community, has already achieved an impressive 84.7% of people living with HIV knowing their status in Eswatini. Read more details about the results of the Eswatini HIV Incidence Measurement Survey.
"An impressive 84.7% of people living with HIV know their status in Eswatini"
MSF Scientific Days 2015 featured a research presentation from the MSF Eswatini team on community-based HIV-testing models designed to reach rural areas. The investigation included a comprehensive mobile strategy that included testing at football matches and sites identified by community leaders along with door- to-door home based testing in three rural villages. The canvasing was preceded by a radio campaign to sensitise residents to the importance of diagnosis.
The study demonstrated a high-uptake of testing and stressed the feasibility and affordability of the two strategies. [Parker et al Tropical Medicine and International Health 2015].
But how will we reach the remaining 15%?
This year, the MSF Scientific Days will feature another study from the Eswatini team demonstrating evidence on the introduction of HIV self-testing. This work has already influenced implementation of HIV self-testing by the Ministry of Health and we hope will support their endeavour to reach beyond the first 90 in Eswatini.
Find out more at MSF Scientific Days South Africa.