Only half of people living with HIV know their status. To increase that proportion and achieve the first of UNAIDS' 90-90-90 goals, the World Health Organization recommends a mix of testing strategies. Two strategies—improving engagement with men, and providing self-testing for HIV—offer promising ways of moving towards the first 90. However, knowledge about both strategies is limited. This webinar started an important discussion of these topics. The recording of the webinar is posted below. This discussion will be continued on the AIDSFree HTS Community of Practice, so please join us online.
Meet the Speakers
Nomea Masihleho is a Project Development Specialist with the HIV Care & Treatment team at the USAID/South Africa Mission. She serves as the technical lead for HIV Counselling and Testing and has many years of experience in strategy design, planning, managing and monitoring for both Democracy & Governance and HIV/AIDS programs. She has been serving the South Africa Mission for nearly 26 years. Nomea's background and training is in social work; she also completed post-graduate work in both Development Studies and HIV/AIDS Management at Universities of Johannesburg and Stellenbosch respectively.
Ananthy Thambinayagam is a Foreign Service Health Officer and manages USAID/South Africa’s VMMC and health communications programs. Ms. Thambinayagam joined USAID in April 2010 through the Development Leadership Initiative. She has over 16 years of experience in international development and public health. Much of her experience has been focused on HIV/AIDS programs, but she has also worked on reproductive health, maternal child health, nutrition, substance abuse, tuberculosis, labor and migration initiatives. Ananthy began her work on HIV/AIDS with Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS in Bangkok. She then worked for the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) for six years where she served as a Senior Program Associate for PATH’s HIV/AIDS/TB Strategic Program and the Global Campaign for Microbicides; and as a Program Administrator for the Gender-based Violence Project. She then became an Operations Officer with the World Bank Group, based in New Delhi, where she managed the International Finance Corporation’s initiative with the private sector to address HIV/AIDS and community health in South Asia. Ananthy obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. She joined USAID’s Health Office in August 2013
Cheryl Johnson is a Technical Officer working on HIV testing services and the focal point for HIV self-testing at the World Health Organization (WHO), based in Geneva. Prior to joining WHO, Johnson worked at USAID Namibia where she supported activities on HIV prevention, key populations, linkages to care and an assessment of the sale of HIV self-test kits in private pharmacies. She is the WHO-lead on a four year implementation study on the UNITAID/PSI HIV self-testing Africa (STAR) project which has recently begun in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She was recently named one the Forbes 30 under 30 in healthcare for her work on the WHO Consolidated Guidelines on HIV testing services and her work on the quality of HIV testing services and HIV self-testing. This year she will be leading the development of WHO’s guidance on HIV self-testing and recommendations which are planned to be released in December 2016.
Dr. Archana Sarkar is the Assistant Director for MAMTA- Health Institute for Mother & Child in India, and has a PhD in Medical Anthropology from Delhi University. She has more than 14 years of experience in research and programs on public health, maternal, child and neonatal health, HIV/AIDS and adolescent health including reduction of umbilical cord infections, nutritional and low cost public health interventions. She has been involved in large trials with Johns Hopkins University in India, Bangladesh and Africa. She is currently leading an Innovation project on feasibility of HIV screening and strengthening PMTCT funded by International HIV/AIDS Alliance. She has presented papers at the International AIDS Conference, ICAAP and published in BMJ, BMC Public Health, JPGN and PLoS One among others. She was awarded the Young Scientist Award by International Nutrition Foundation and attended the NSCII Incubator Awardees in Kenya in December 2013 as a part of the Saving Lives at Birth Incubator Award. She was also part of an innovation project on salivary progesterone which was selected for the Grand Challenge India Award in 2015.