JSI at the International Conference on AIDS/HIV and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2023

November 29th, 2023 | event


JSI is thrilled to join regional experts and partners at the largest international HIV conference in Africa at ICASA. We will share key findings, listen and learn, and partake in conversations on how to sustainably improve the quality of life for all people living with and at risk of acquiring HIV and STIs.

Where to find JSI Experts

Satellite Event & Presentations:

SATELLITE: Fostering adolescent and youth health resilience: Engaging diverse populations in HIV programming
Tuesday, 5 December, 8:45–9:30 AM | Sapphire Room
This session will be a discussion with young people and their allies on what meaningful engagement really looks like, what enables and hinders a culture that promotes it, and opportunities to deepen this work to improve HIV and health outcomes for young people.

ORAL PRESENTATION E3: Integrated HIV service delivery services with non-health response programs
Friday, 8 December, 12:05-12:50 PM | Plenary Room
Promoting universal health coverage among underserved communities by expanding quality integrated health services, accessed at health posts in Zambia – James Mwanza, JSI USAID DISCOVER-Health Project

ORAL PRESENTATION E7: Innovative responses to resource needs for health system strengthening
Saturday, 9 December, 10:45–11:30 AM | Sapphire Room
Optimizing sample courier for improved health outcomes on the Copperbelt: Integration of Viral Load Courier to incorporate other sample types – Hilary Lumano, JSI SAFE Zambia

Abstract-Driven Posters

5 Dec, Tuesday

Poster Exhibition Center: 11:30 AM–4:15 PM

  • Building economic self-reliance of breastfeeding mothers living with HIV to optimize viral suppression and prevent vertical transmission – Obert Darara, JSI World Education, Bantwana, Mozambique
  • Addressing HIV Healthcare Challenges in Ghana: A Ghanaian Hospital’s Experience – Theresa Agyapong, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • ‘Models of Hope:’ Overcoming Stigma among Interrupting Treatment Clients – Samuel Benefour, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Operation Storm: How a Community Campaign Linked More to HIV Testing and Treatment – Cecilia Oduro, Life Relief Foundation, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Preventing and Treating HIV: Reaching Female Sex Workers through Moonlight Testing – Mary Addison-Flynn and Edward Adibokah, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Stakeholder Analysis of Harm Reduction Programming in Ghana: Addressing Key Challenges and Opportunities – Edward Adiibokah, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
6 Dec, Wednesday

Poster Exhibition Center 11:30 AM–4:15 PM

  • Can self HIV risk assessment scale up PrEP uptake? A case of Zambia – Jose Justin, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • Evaluation of HIV Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnosis Point of Care Testing in the Copperbelt Province, Zambia – David Chisompola, JSI, SAFE Zambia
  • Improving viral load coverage through an automated real-time monitoring tool: Luanshya and Mufulira Districts Pilots, Copperbelt Province, Zambia – Andrew Simutowe, JSI, SAFE Zambia
7 Dec, Thursday

Poster Exhibition Center 11:30 AM– 4:15 PM

  • Building Data Analytic Skills for Health Information Officers to Improve HIV Decision-Making at Facility Level in Ghana – David Tetteh Nartey, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Creating demand for PrEP through social networks amongst key populations in Zambia – Nkole Mulenga, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • How embracing technology and integrating it into health service delivery is reaching underserved young people with HIV services in Zambia – Mwiche Nachilongo, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • Increasing HIV prevention services uptake using virtual and safe spaces for key populations to fast track ending AIDS in Zambia – James Mwanza, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • Mitigating HIV treatment challenges faced by children and adolescents through the triple case management model in Chingola and Chililabombwe, Zambia – Evans Kashimoto, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • Prevalence of HIV drug resistance in adult population in Copperbelt province, Zambia: A Retrospective Study – Alex Maleti, JSI, SAFE Zambia
  • Reducing mother to child HIV transmission among children (0–24 months) through a dedicated case manager model in Zambia – James Mwanza, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • Leveraging faith community competencies to increase HIV service uptake among men in Zambia – Simon Mutonyi, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
8 Dec, Friday

Poster Exhibition Center 11:30–11:50 AM; 3:50–4:10 PM

  • Effect of Men’s Clinic Initiative as a Differentiated Service Delivery Model for Men Living with HIV: A Retrospective Cohort Design – James Mwanza, JSI, USAID DISCOVER-Health
  • Strengthening Key Population Data Reporting in Ghana’s National Reporting System: Insights from the USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum Project – Ayoumah A Thomas, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Gender-Based Violence in the Context of HIV Services Provision: Prevalence and Care Considerations in Ghana – Shirley Akyere Thompson, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Urgent Action Needed: Delayed Dried Blood Spot Testing Putting HIV-Positive Infants at Risk in Western Ghana – Thomas Ayuomah Azugnue, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Exploring the Feasibility of a Quality Improvement tool to improve PCC service delivery among health facility staff in HIV Treatment – Henry Tagoe, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana
  • Do ART Providers and Clients Agree? Assessing the Score Consistency of a Person-Centered Care Assessment Tool in HIV Treatment Settings – Amy Casella, JSI Care Continuum Ghana
  • Is it Important to ART Clients? Assessing the Content Validity of a Person-Centered Care Assessment Tool in HIV Treatment Settings – Henry Tagoe, JSI, Care Continuum Ghana

Featured Work

Person-centered Care

JSI’s person-centered care framework uses a human-rights-based approach that focuses on the holder (person) and the obligations of duty bearers (e.g., providers, policymakers, caregivers). We have implemented person-centered care in projects around the world, and have tools that you can use to strengthen your own services. View our person-centered care tools.

Ghana Strengthening the Care Continuum (USAID)

Focused on the Western Region of Ghana, which has the highest prevalence of HIV in the country, the project’s vision is that the Government of Ghana and private and civil society partners are confident, efficient, and equipped with skills to design, manage, implement, monitor, and evaluate the continuum of care services for people living with HIV. This includes implementing strategies such as index testing, contact tracing and testing, and use of case managers to identify, link, and support clients to antiretroviral therapy (ART). The project is also championing ART adherence, generating demand to know one’s viral load, and creating medication reminder systems for people living with HIV.

Zambia DISCOVER-Health Project (USAID)

The USAID DISCOVER-Health project aims to improve the lives of Zambians by providing better access to high-quality health care. The project contributes to HIV epidemic control while also providing integrated reproductive health, family planning, and maternal and child health services and products. In 2022, the project was expanded to support the government’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including accelerating the national rollout and scale-up of COVID-19 vaccination.

Zambia Supporting an AIDS-Free Era (USAID SAFE)

This project aims to reduce HIV mortality, morbidity, and transmission, while improving nutrition outcomes and integrating family planning into other health services in three provinces with the highest rates of HIV: Central, Copperbelt, and North-Western. USAID SAFE works alongside the Government of the Republic of Zambia to become a nation free from new HIV-related deaths and transmission by 2030. USAID SAFE is the largest treatment service delivery program for USAID in Zambia, serving over 300,000 people.

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