Point-of-Care EIDs: Doing More, Faster: Preliminary Results from the Routine Use of POC EID in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries

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EGPAF/Unitaid, 2017.

Since 2015, EGPAF, through funding and support from Unitaid, has been working to integrate point-of-care early infant diagnosis (POC EID) into the current EID system in nine high-prevalence countries: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. To understand the effect of POC EID, EGPAF is conducting a pre- and post-intervention evaluation. Pre-intervention, baseline data from infants tested using conventional, laboratory-based EID was collected prior to introducing POC technology. Baseline data was compared with POC EID data on key service delivery indicators. Pilot findings from six intervention countries are summarized in this EGPAF issue brief.