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