About the STAR Project
The project seeks to pilot and evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing (HIVST) among different target populations in Malawi. The project also seeks to generate information about how products for HIVST can be distributed effectively, ethically and efficiently.
In addition, the project is generating essential multi-country public health evidence to inform development of interim WHO guidance and support national-level policy formulation.
Why HIV SELF Testing
UN set bold new targets, calling on the global community to ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have durable viral suppression.
Aim of the project
The project seeks to increase the percentage of target population who know their HIV status, through increased effective use of HIV Oral fluid Test (HIVOFT) for self-testing among specific target populations in intervention areas.
Specifically, the project aims to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing among different target populations in Malawi and to generate evidence about how products for HIVST can be distributed effectively, ethically and efficiently.
The project’s key result areas and outcomes are:
- Increased access to HIVST
- Increase informed demand
- Reduce policy and regulatory barriers
- Remove structural barriers
HIVST Distribution Models Included in the STAR Project
The STAR Project is testing and optimizing distribution models across the continuum of self-testing delivery. The models used vary in the level of support provided to testers, as well as where tests are made available.
Pakachere IHDC is working with Liverpool Trust who has developed a distribution model of how the test kit can be distributed among female sex workers. Pakachere IHDC, is piloting the project among female sex workers in three districts of Blantyre, Mulanje, and Chikwawa and the pilot project will be implemented between November 2016 to June 2017 in these three districts.
The project is funded by UNITAID through PSI.