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ART initiation report and toolkit

Patient education and counselling in preparation for anti-retroviral treatment (ART) initiation is considered a key determinant of treatment adherence.

Yet, delays between establishing a person’s eligibility for ART and starting a person on ART has been shown to result in high losses to care, increasing the risk of morbidity and mortality. A recent systematic review exploring losses during this pre-ART stage in sub-Saharan Africa, estimated such losses at 34% (ranging from 14-59%).