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Faire de charge viral un suivi de routine: Part one

Based on a survey performed across ten MSF supported ART sites and seven viral load testing laboratories in February 2016, “Making viral load routine” aims to share practical lessons from the field with Ministries of Health and implementing partners.

The report reflects both on the programmatic strategies required within the clinic (for clinicians, counsellors and patients) and the realities of both setting up and keeping a viral load testing laboratory functional in such settings. National viral load scale up plans must link both programmatic and laboratory planning if viral load tests are to be taken, processed and results utilised. Part 1 of this report, Programmatic Strategies, examines the outcome of the viral load cascade from coverage of routine viral load testing through to an appropriate switch to second line ART.