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The 20th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is being held in Kigali, Rwanda this week, from Dec 2-7. The forum serves as a platform to take stock of achievements and challenges impeding progress toward the UNAIDS’ global 90-90-90 targets and pave the way for efficient innovation and collaboration toward reaching epidemic control in Africa.MSH’s Dr.

Counselors from Cuidados da Infancia accompany clients to a health facility. Photo credit: LINKAGES/MSH

While civil society organizations in Angola have improved their ability to reach key populations (KPs) through the cascade of HIV prevention and testing services, they faced challenges linking those who test positive to care and treatment. The rate of initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the first seven months of the LINKAGES Project was only 19 percent (11/53).To improve this rate, LINKAGES began investing in strategies to strengthen the bond between HIV counselors and clients.

Photo credit: LINKAGES/MSH

In September 2016, peer educator Sonia* was detained along with sex workers at a hot spot where she was conducting outreach on prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. After a long wait at the police station where she and the others were being held, Sonia was finally able to provide proof of her work to the police chief.

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