Making Viral Load Routine

Successes and challenges in the implementation of Launch event - Panel discussion and Dinner routine HIV viral load monitoring

This is a closed door event

Agenda: Making Viral Load Routine

18.00-18.30 Registration and welcome drinks

18.30-18.35 Welcome
Dr Tom Ellman (Director MSF Southern Africa Medical Unit)

18.35-18.45 Supporting the scale up of viral load testing: The Donor’s Perspective
Dr Heather Watts (Senior Technical Advisor. OGAC)

18.45-19.00 Making Viral Load Routine. Part 1
Successes and challenges in the implementation of routine HIV viral load monitoring: Programmatic Strategies
Dr Helen Bygrave (HIV/TB Advisor MSF Southern Africa Medical Unit)

19.00-19.30 Panel Debate: Responding to the programmatic challenges
Panel Chair: Dr Nathan Ford (WHO)
Dr Regis Choto (Deputy Director Department HIV/AIDS MoH Zimbabwe)
Bactrin Killingo (ITPC)
Dhodo Munyaradzi (MSF Zimbabwe)
Dr Robert Ferris (Technical Leadership & Research Division Chief USAID)

19.30-19.45 Making Viral Load Routine, Part 2
Successes and challenges in the implementation of routine HIV viral load monitoring: The Viral Load Laboratory
Zee Ndlovu (Laboratory Advisor MSF Southern Africa Medical Unit)

19.45-20.15 Panel Debate: Responding to the laboratory challenges
Panel Chair: Carmen Perez Casas (HIV Technical Manager UNITAID)
Sergio Carmona (NHLS South Africa)
Gugu Maphalala (Swaziland Health Laboratory Services)
Matilu Mwau (KEMRI Kenya National Laboratory)
Ephraïm Ajule (MSF Uganda Laboratory Coordinator)

20.15-20.25 The Way Forward
Dr Meg Doherty (WHO)

20.25-20.30 Closing remarks
Robert Matiru (Director of Operations UNITAID)
Dr Tom Ellman (Director MSF Southern Africa Medical Unit)

20.30 onwards Dinner and discussion

Venue
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel
63 Snell Parade, Durban