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Journey towards universal viral load monitoring in Maputo, Mozambique: many gaps, but encouraging signs

28 August 2017 by SHARE Administrator
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2017
Swannet S, Decroo T, de Castro SMTL, Rose C, Giuliani R, Molfino L, Torrens AW, Macueia WSED, Perry S, Reid T

Viral load (VL) monitoring for people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is extremely challenging in resource-limited settings. We assessed the VL testing scale-up in six Médecins Sans Frontières supported health centres in Maputo, Mozambique, during 2014-15.

This was the first study describing the uptake and results of VL testing scale-up in Mozambique. Identified gaps show patient and programmatic challenges. Where service delivery was customized to patient needs, VL monitoring was more successful.

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