Tracking data across multiple health care sites, labs, and machines is one of the greatest challenges in scaling up viral load (VL) and early infant diagnosis (EID) testing. Innovations in information technology can help to decrease the burden of data collection, improve the accuracy of the data collected, and enhance the timeliness of data use in order to identify and address issues quickly and efficiently.
On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, AIDSFree will host a webinar with presentations on technology for VL/EID by Brad Cunningham of SystemOne, Debby Nongo of USAID/Nigeria, James Batuka of USAID/Kenya, and Jackson Hungu of CHAI. Presentations will cover the connectivity platform Aspect (formerly GXAlert), its use in Nigeria, and the Kenya Ministry of Health National STD/HIV Control Programme (NASCOP) Viral Load & Early Infant Diagnosis Dashboard.
Meet the Speakers
James Batuka is the USAID Kenya and East Africa Health Population and Nutrition Office HIV Treatment Team Leader. He has worked in this role since 2009 and has been a champion for scaling up viral load access in Kenya.
Brad Cunningham is currently the Vice President, Implementation, and heads up the South African office, of SystemOne. Brad has spent his career focused on the information management for infectious disease diagnostics in developing countries and has a been involved in a number of initiatives ranging from academic research to system design & development for both public health institutions and diagnostic instrument providers. Throughout his career, Brad has been a strong advocate of connected diagnostics for healthcare and hopes to continue contributing to the diagnostic “internet of things” to not only improve both the quality of existing and future diagnostics; but ultimately patient care.
Jackson Hungu is the Deputy Director in Kenya for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) while also playing a supportive role on CHAI's global diagnostic team. He has worked on ART scale up in Kenya, both diagnostics and ARVs, since 2005.
Debby Nongo has worked with USAID/Nigeria for over seven years. She is currently working in the Office of HIV AIDS and TB as a member of the TB team with the primary responsibility of managing the USAID/Nigeria flagship TB project, Challenge TB. She provides technical leadership on the day-to-day management of the project as well as other TB-related activities undertaken by USAID implementing partners.