As antiretroviral treatment cohorts continue to expand, ensuring patient retention over time is an increasingly important concern. In 2008, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Provincial authorities launched a out-of-clinic model for ART distribution and adherence monitoring by community groups in Tete Province, Mozambique. This Community ART Group model was initiated by patients to improve access, patient retention, and decongest health services. Early outcomes are highly satisfactory in terms of mortality and retention in care, lending support to such out-of-clinic approaches.

The department of Public Health at ITM contributed to the evaluation of this program via Prof. Dr. Wim Van Damme. You can find more info on his work on ITM’s website and on LinkedIn.

 

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