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Guidance on Couples HIV Testing and Counselling Including Antiretroviral Therapy for Treatment and Prevention in Serodiscordant Couples: Recommendations for a Public Health Approach. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2012 Apr.

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Guidance on Couples HIV Testing and Counselling Including Antiretroviral Therapy for Treatment and Prevention in Serodiscordant Couples: Recommendations for a Public Health Approach.

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ANNEX 10Implementation Plan

1. Objectives

To integrate activities based on Guidelines for Couples HIV Testing and Counselling recommendations in national HIV/AIDS plans and in proposals to the GFATM (e.g. National Strategy Application (NSA), and to promote implementation through work with other international and UN agencies offering technical assistance to countries for adaption, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

2. Strategic components

Through work with WHO regional and country offices, PEPFAR, UNICEF, UNAIDS and others for:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Regional and country promotion
  3. Support to partner agencies and organizations in developing country adaptations, and for planning and implementation including development of training tools
  4. Monitoring and evaluation

3. Activities

3.1. Advocacy

  • Objective:
    • To raise awareness within WHO at all levels and in all regions through key international, regional and national partners (e.g. civil society, foundations, donors), governments and national programmes about the new Guidelines for Couples HIV Testing and Counselling.
  • Content of advocacy:
    • Process: evidence-based and conducted with partners
    • Overview of MSM and HIV, guidelines objectives and content
    • Emphasis in Good Practice Recommendations; 1) Human Rights and inclusive environments; 2) Non-discrimination in health care settings and medical ethics
    • Reference/linking to previous regional work; UNAIDS business cases on MSM, transgender people and SW; and GFATM
    • Brief description of implementation
  • Activities and products:
    • Launching event at IAS Rome (late breaker abstract submission)
    • Guidelines and executive summary launched on web with links to CDC and USAID websites etc.
    • Briefing to RO, UNAIDS and cosponsors (teleconference)
    • Press release
    • Leaflet summarizing the guidelines for NGOs and community organizations
    • PowerPoint slide set

3.2. Regional and country promotion and planning

In conjunction with CDC, USAID, UNAIDS and UNICEF

  • Objectives:
    • To brief countries about the Guidelines for Couples HIV Testing and Counselling
    • To establish country-specific targets for couples HIV testing and counselling and services (e.g. as part of PMTC programmes and linked to TB/HIV activities)
    • To draft priority key activities to be included in national plans and proposals to GFATM
  • Activities and products:
    • Mailing list as per guidelines dissemination
    • Regional workshops (coordinated by CDC and others with support from WHO)
    • Support drafting of proposals, including M&E, covering couples HIV testing and counselling activities to be included in national plans and GFATM proposals
    • National targets

3.3. Support to partner agencies and organizations in developing country adaptations, and for planning and implementation including development of training tools

  • Objectives:
    • To brief WHO staff in regions and countries
    • To work with UN partner organizations and other agencies on regional adaption, implementation and development of training tools
  • Activities and products:
    • Briefing of Regional and country WHO staff
    • Support for country adaption (lead by CDC and others)
    • Support for country implementation (lead by CDC and others)
    • Support for training material development (lead by CDC)
    • Incorporation of couples HIV testing and counselling issues in PMTCT training materials and IMAI materials

3.4. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research

  • Objectives
    • To work with WHO SIR unit in field testing the new WHO/PEPFAR couples HIV testing and counselling indicators3 and measuring uptake and establishing targets (linking with target setting and universal access report)
    • Operational research (lead by CDC and others) on couples HIV testing and counselling implementation and impact
  • Activities and products:
    • Field-tested HIV testing and counselling indicators
    • Operational research reports/publications

Roles and responsibilities

COROHQ
Advocacy+++++++++
Regional Promotion and planning++++++++
Support for technical assistance++++++
Monitoring and evaluation++++++

Time frame

Advocacy: June-August 2011

Regional promotion and planning: July 2011-March 2012

Support for technical assistance: September 2011-December 2013

Monitoring and evaluation: July 2011-December 2013

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