The 21st Annual AIDS Conference was held in Durban, South Africa from July 18 through July 22, 2016. Friends in Global Health (FGH) was represented by Dr. Magdalena Bravo, Provincial Technical Assistance Coordinator, and Dr. Epifanio Mahagaja, former Medical Chief for the Provincial Health Directorate of Zambézia Province. On the second day of the conference, Drs. Bravo and Mahagaja presented their poster: “Monitoring pharmacy and test kit stocks in rural Mozambique: Preventing Ministry of Health stock outs in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),” co-authored with Meredith Blevins, Amina Muicha, Fernanda Alvim, Ann Green, Dr. Bill Wester and Dr. Sten Vermund.
The team looked at pharmacy stock surveillance for 60 weeks from April 2014 to June 2015, assessing the availability of 36 medications and four diagnostics kits (HIV, malaria, and syphilis) used in PEPFAR-supported programs. The study found that, although there has been increased demand over time for adult antiretrovirals (ARVs), pharmacy shortages have become less frequent. However, pediatric ARVs, TB medications, antibiotics and test kits are more vulnerable to stock outs and will be a priority focus for improvements in pharmacy management.
The FGH delegates also attended seminars on current issues and recent findings in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, including new strategies for community testing, male engagement, pediatric treatment and use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PreP), which they shared with their colleagues in both Mozambique and Nashville.
For more information about the 2016 AIDS Conference in Durban visit www.aids2016.org.
Download the poster: IAS AIDS 2016 - VU FGH Poster_Pharmacy monitoring in Moz_20160708