Addressing challenges of early infant diagnosis and point of care diagnostic

19 July 2016 | ILF Thematic Roundtable on HIV Diagnostics, Durban, South Africa (By invitation only)

In line with UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will achieve viral suppression. Early infant diagnosis (EID) and the use of point of care (POC) diagnostics make integral parts of a strategy to achieve the first 90 (testing). However, challenges persist around evaluation of EID devices and quality assurance for POC diagnostic technologies.

The main objectives for this discussion are therefore to:

  1. Follow up on some of the issues highlighted at the ILF/CIPHER Thematic Roundtable on Paediatric HIV Diagnostics: Early Infant Diagnosis and Beyond (July 2015, Vancouver, meeting report available online), in particular:
    1. Challenges and progress in the area of clinical trials for EID devices
    2. Challenges related to the use of POC diagnostics and the role and challenges of connectivity
  2. Provide a platform for further brainstorming, exchange and discussion, highlight potential synergies, and catalyse collaboration among attendees from different backgrounds.


Meeting material

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Welcome
Sébastien Morin International AIDS Society, Switzerland - Research Officer, ILF

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Opening remarks
John Nkengasong, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States and Maurine Murtagh, International Diagnostics Centre, United Kingdom

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EID evaluation – Framing the discussion
Sergio Carmona, National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa

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EID evaluation – Roundtable discussion
Facilitator: Lara Vojnov, WHO, Switzerland

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POC diagnostics quality assurance – Framing the discussion
Debrah Boeras, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

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POC diagnostics quality assurance – Country setup: Zimbabwe
Raiva Simbi, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Zimbabwe

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POC diagnostics quality assurance – Country setup: Malawi
Reuben Mwenda, Ministry of Health, Malawi

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POC diagnostics quality assurance – Roundtable discussion
Facilitator: Paul Sandstrom, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada

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Summary and closing comments
John Nkengasong , US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States and Maurine Murtagh, International Diagnostics Centre, United Kingdom