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The world is focused on the new ambitious UNAIDS treatment targets of “90-90-90” by 2020, but only 51% of people living with HIV know their status, indicating major challenges remain to dramatically improve HIV testing and access. Reaching these targets will require a massive expansion of HIV diagnostics and services to both ascertain HIV status for the majority of the population and monitor the viral load of those initiated and continuing on antiretroviral treatment. Countries- should consider simplification of testing approaches (self-testing, home based testing or testing using community outreach) and strategic decentralization of conventional laboratory-based technologies, using quality assured innovative point of care (POC) technologies; while improving laboratory efficiency, supervisory role and strengthening national diagnostic network. Aware of the current gaps, this workshop aims to provide the key considerations needed in translating the POC technologies and testing approaches to make the impact in the field.

11:00
WEWS0201
Welcome and opening remarks
Robert Matiru, UNITAID, Switzerland
11:05
WEWS0202
Case presentation on key considerations for Point Of Care testing and country readiness
Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha, UNICEF, Nigeria
Slides
11:40
WEWS0203
Operational guidance of innovations in scaling up HIV testing and approaches
Rachel Baggaley, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
12:15
WEWS0204
Conclusion
Rachel Baggaley, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
John Nkengasong, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), United States
Badara Samb, UNAIDS, Switzerland