ICASA Satellite Session: The Harare HIV Combination Prevention Cascade - Towards a Regional Strategy to Drive Primary HIV Prevention?
On December 7th, the Manicaland Centre organised a satellite session in collaboration with esteemed partners, including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, UNAIDS, the National AIDS Council, Imperial College London, and the South to South Learning Network. This collaborative effort aimed to share our experiences as a country in developing and testing a novel ‘Harare’ HIV Combination Prevention Cascade for use in high-level monitoring and advocacy for the activities and resources needed to strengthen HIV prevention programmes.
Dr Mugurungi, in his introductory remarks, set the stage for the session, followed by insightful presentations by Mr Taramusi from UNAIDS, Dr Moyo from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, and Prof Gregson from the Manicaland Centre for Public Health Research/Biomedical Research and Training Institute. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion where panel members advocated the use of the cascade within national population surveys across the region, emphasising its potential role, similar to the treatment cascade, in driving progress toward UNAIDS targets. The distinguished panel included Mr Mpofu from the National Aids Council, Mr Xaba and Mr Sithole from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Moorhouse from Imperial College London and Mr Kahn from the South to South Learning Network. The session was a great success. This session was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.