“CIDRZ is doing great and I am happy that CAGs (Community Adherence Groups) are being given three months drug refills which addresses sustainability questions of these social structures among group members as well as guaranteeing drug availability”
The HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) Director, Dr Peter Preko said this during a tour of Chilenje Level 1 Hospital where Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is implementing two differentiated service delivery models (DSD) namely Community Adherence Groups (CAG) and Fast Tract for stable HIV patients.
Dr Preko and his team visited the health facility to draw lessons on the CAG model.
CIDRZ has been implementing the CAG model since April 2015 with 288 groups formed so far, targeting 1728 patients, as a strategy to help decongest health facilities and improve service delivery and patient retention to care.
CQUIN is a multi-country learning network dedicated to improving DSD for people living with HIV. The network convenes health system leaders from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in joint learning and information exchange, with the goal of fostering scale-up and spread of high-quality differentiated services.