With support from the U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and CDC partnership, CIDRZ is conducting a Training of Trainers workshop on how to implement a differentiated care model for people on Antiretroviral Treatment (ART).
The training is aimed at preparing the community outreach teams to roll out the implementation of the Community Adherence Groups (CAGs) and the Urban Adherence Groups (UAGs) following the approval by the Ministry of Health to roll out differentiated care models.
With this model, clinically stable patients who have been on ART for a minimum of six months, can form a group of six members. The members of these groups in turn select one person per month to go and collect ARV’s on their behalf. This means that each member of the group is expected to visit the clinic twice a year – to collect drugs for their colleagues – but also to fulfil their clinical appointments as well.
This model will help reduce congestion in clinics, and give time for other members of the group to engage in other activities. With this model, we expect more retention of stable clients on ART as well as reduction in the workload for the existing health workers in healthy facilities.
This type of differentiated care programming will help Zambia to achieve the UNAIDS 90:90:90 treatment targets.