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HIVST in West Africa: Unitaid/Solthis ATLAS Initiative: Training Curricula and HIVST Supporting Tools

The ATLAS Project, supported and funded by Unitaid and implemented by Therapeutic Solidarity and Initiatives for Health (Solthis) in consortium with the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) aims to boost knowledge about HIV status among most-at-risk populations to reduce new infections and HIV mortality. The project is implemented in three countries in West Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal.

To ensure quality HIVST distribution, correct use, and accurate interpretation of results, and to promote effective linkage to testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project has developed comprehensive training packages for dispensing agents in each country but also HIVST supporting tools for users including adapted instructions for use (IFUs), additional leaflets, demonstration videos, and hotline support.

 

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HIVST in West Africa: ATLAS Training of Trainers’ Curricula and Tools in Senegal

To ensure quality HIVST distribution, correct use, and accurate interpretation of results, and to promote effective linkage to testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project has developed comprehensive training packages for dispensing agents in each country but also HIVST supporting tools for users.

Training of national trainers (stakeholders from the national system and civil society organizations) have been conducted in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal to provide a pool of trainers (20 persons per country) who can train HIVST dispensing agents (health providers and peer educators) and hotline operators.

The resource material presented includes training of trainers’ manuals and pedagogical tools used during a three-day session in Senegal, focused on using active teaching methods and practical exercises.

The curriculum includes the following modules:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Epidemiological, Political, and Strategic Context for HIVST Integration
  • Module 2: OraQuick HIVST Presentation and Its Supporting Tools
  • Module 3: Training Techniques for Adult Learning
  • Module 4: Role, Expected Qualities for HIVST Kit Dispensing Agents/Hotline Operators, and How to Correctly Distribute HIVST Kits Among Targeted Populations
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HIVST in West Africa: ATLAS Training Manuals for Health Care Providers in Senegal

To ensure quality HIVST distribution, correct use, and accurate interpretation of results, and to promote effective linkage to testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project has developed comprehensive training packages for dispensing agents in each country but also HIVST supporting tools for users.

Specific and adapted training sessions have been conducted in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal to train health providers on facility-based distribution of HIVST kit agents for persons living with HIV and their partners and for people with sexually transmitted infections and their partners.

The resource material includes training manuals used during two-day sessions in Senegal, focused on using teaching methods and practical exercises and contains the following training modules:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Epidemiological, Political, and Strategic Context for HIVST Integration
  • Module 2: OraQuick HIVST Kit Presentation and Its Supporting Tools
  • Module 3: Role, Expected Qualities for Health Providers, and How to Correctly Distribute HIVST Kits among Targeted Populations
  • Health Care Providers’ Handbook
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HIVST in West Africa: ATLAS Training Manuals for Peer Educators in Senegal

To ensure quality HIVST distribution, correct use, and accurate interpretation of results, and to promote effective linkage to testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project has developed comprehensive training packages for dispensing agents in each country but also HIVST supporting tools for users.

Specific and adapted training sessions have been conducted in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal to train peer educators who dispense HIVST kit to targeted key populations as part of community-based distribution.

The resource material presented includes training manuals used during two-day sessions in Senegal, focused on using active teaching methods and practical exercises and includes the following training modules:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Epidemiological, Political, and Strategic Context for HIVST Integration
  • Module 2: OraQuick HIVST Kit Presentation and Its Supporting Tools
  • Module 3: Role, Expected Qualities for Peer Educators, and How to Correctly Distribute HIVST Kits among Key Populations
  • Peer Educator's Handbook
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HIVST in West Africa: ATLAS Training Manuals for Hotline Operators in Senegal

To ensure quality HIVST distribution, correct use, and accurate interpretation of results, and to promote effective linkage to testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project has developed comprehensive training packages for dispensing agents in each country but also HIVST supporting tools for users.

Specific and adapted training sessions have been conducted in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal to build the capacity of hotline operators to support HIVST kit users in correct kit use, results interpretation, and effective linkage to testing confirmation and care.

The resource material includes training manuals used during two-day sessions in Senegal, focused on using teaching methods and practical exercises and contains the following training modules:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Epidemiological, Political, and Strategic Context for HIVST Integration
  • Module 2: OraQuick HIVST Kit Presentation and Its Supporting Tools
  • Module 3: Role, Expected Qualities for Hotline Operators, and How to Correctly Support HIVST Users
  • Hotline Operators’ Handbook
Leaflet page. Instructions in French about how to use HIVST tools

HIVST in West Africa: ATLAS Additional Leaflets

To Support Correct HIVST Kit Use, Accurate Interpretation of Results, and Effective Linkage to HIV Testing Confirmation and Care

The ATLAS Project, supported and funded by Unitaid and implemented by Therapeutic Solidarity and Initiatives for Health (Solthis) in consortium with the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), aims to boost knowledge about HIV status among most-at-risk populations to reduce new infections and HIV mortality.

Besides the supporting tools developed to promote accurate HIVST kit use and effective linkage to HIV testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project developed adapted additional leaflets in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal.

The leaflets, developed based on the results of cognitive tests conducted with users from targeted populations, propose key elements differently than instructions for use (IFUs) to ensure that illiterate people can understand the messages. They include additional information on the legal age for HIV testing, hotline logos and numbers, or a list of health services for testing confirmation/linkage to care.

ATLAS Youtube page with thumbnails of several videos.

HIVST in West Africa: Adapted HIVST Demonstration Videos

To ensure quality HIVST distribution, correct use, and accurate interpretation of results, and to promote effective linkage to testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project has developed comprehensive training packages for dispensing agents in each country but also HIVST supporting tools for users.

Among HIVST supporting tools developed to promote accurate HIVST kit use and effective linkage to HIV testing confirmation and care, the ATLAS Project translated demonstration videos in several languages. These are shared with HIVST kit users through Apps like Xender or WhatsApp, using the ATLAS YouTube link.

Demonstration videos are available in French, English, Wolof, Bambara, and Dioula, and will be soon available in Soninke and Peul. Other videos and motion graphic design will be posted on the channel to present the ATLAS Project or promote HIVST in the near future.

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HIVST in West Africa: ATLAS Methodology and Results for Developing or Optimizing HIVST Supporting Tools

The ATLAS Project, supported and funded by Unitaid and implemented by Therapeutic Solidarity and Initiatives for Health (Solthis) in consortium with the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), aims to boost knowledge about HIV status among most-at-risk populations to reduce new infections and HIV mortality.

To support HIVST users in each country, the project developed these supporting tools to promote the correct use of HIVST kits, accurate interpretation of results, and linkage to care. These supporting tools include the following:

  • A result analysis report on testing
  • 2 technical and methodology documents for conducting recurring interviews and testing (including sampling, recruitment, data collection and analysis methods, questionnaires)
  • A summary sheet presenting the results of cognitive and recurring tests