Webinar: Launching the Online Lopinavir/ritonavir Pellet Toolkit

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USAID's Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-free Generation (AIDSFree) Project conducted a webinar on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, to launch the Lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) Pellet Toolkit.

LPV/r pellets are a new formulation of a pediatric antiretroviral therapy. The LPV/r Pellet Toolkit provides clinical information for health care workers (HCWs) related to dosing and administration of the medication, as well as resources for HCWs to use when working with patients’ caregivers. The toolkit also contains guidance for Ministry of Health staff and other stakeholders on health system considerations for planning, implementing, and managing national rollout of LPV/r pellets.

In this webinar, presenters demonstrated the functionality of the toolkit and reviewed the resources and tools in these two core sections (Health Care Workers, and Rollout Planning and Management), as well as ancillary content. Presenters also discussed the development process for the online toolkit and materials that were incorporated. There wase time at the end for presenters to respond to questions submitted via Adobe Connect.

Meet the Speakers

Ibou Thior

Is the AIDSFree Senior HIV prevention Technical advisor. He contributed to the development and usability testing of the LPV/r toolkit in Nigeria. He is a medical doctor with more than twenty years of experience in HIV research (molecular epidemiology, vaccine, PMTCT and ART trials) and program implementation. He authored /co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications.

Marilyn Noguera

Has worked at JSI since 1998, primarily focused on strengthening public health supply chains that deliver essential commodities necessary for priority health programs such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Family Planning, and others. She has held a number of technical and management positions since her debut as a Logistics and Training Advisor on the Family Planning Logistics Management III project. With the DELIVER and SCMS projects Marilyn fulfilled numerous technical, management and leadership roles. She was a supply chain technical advisor focused on HIV/AIDS during the beginning years of PEPFAR, the Mozambique ARV logistics advisor and then Country Director from 2005-2010, the SCMS Technical Director from 2010 to 2012, and served as Global Program Manager/Regional Manager for SCMS and DELIVER Nigeria until February, 2017. Currently Marilyn is the Country Manager for JSI’s Advancing Partners and Communities Project in the Dominican Republic, where JSI is strengthening HIV clinical services at PEPFAR supported NGO and government HIV clinics.

Bethany Stewart

Is a pediatric manager at CHAI. She oversees country implementation of optimal treatment across CHAI-support countries, as well as new product development and introduction activities. Most recently, she has supported pellet adoption decisions, pilots, and rollout planning across countries.

Janice Soo Fern Lee

Is a project manager for the pediatric HIV program at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) focusing on research and development of pediatric HIV medicines for children infected with HIV. She is a clinical pharmacist by training and has been working on access and advocacy issues in HIV since 2008.

Olawale Durosinmi-Etti, B. Pharm, MPH

Currently serves as the Country Director/Chief of Party for USAID funded AIDSFree Project in Nigeria where he leads a team supporting Government of Nigeria to enhance sustainability of HIV prevention activities. The project is implementing a Total Market Approach to sustainability of condom programing and the use of social and behavior change communication to generate demand for consistent and correct condom use among key population. Previously he was the Regional Manager, Field Program Management for the implementation of Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) PROJECT activities covering seven states in South West of Nigeria. Olawale held a similar position from September 2013 to June 2016 under the Supply Chain Management (SCMS) Project implemented by John Snow incorporated (JSI). He provided leadership and technical support to Federal and State Ministries of Health and other Government agencies to improve health service delivery through uninterrupted supplies of pharmaceuticals and other lifesaving health products to over 2000 public and private health facilities covering HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Reproductive Health at the state level. He is a Public Health Professional with over 16 years experience which spans health system logistics design, program planning, implementation, evaluation; health commodities quantification, supply management and pharmaceutical care. Olawale previously worked as a Senior Advisor under the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT in Nigeria supporting increased access to medicines used in Tuberculosis, Reproductive Health, Neonatal Child and Maternal Health programs. He also worked as a Pharmacist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria before he moved into Public Health program practice. He is very passionate about the sustainability of health system interventions.