New Year, New Tools – Introducing Your “One-Stop Shop” for TLD Transition Planning

Optimize - Accelerating access to safer, simpler and more affordable ARV treatment for individuals living with HIV. Photo credit: ICAP
ICAP recently launched their “one-stop shop” website for TLD transition planning.
Photo credit: ICAP
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Emily Harris, MA, is a Public Health Advisor in the Research Division in USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS. She leads multiple project teams dedicated to accelerating the introduction of innovative HIV prevention and treatment products.

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As the new year kicks off, many of us are focusing on New Year’s resolutions for 2018. While your individual commitment may be personal by improving your diet and exercising more or reducing stress, many of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) partner countries are also making big changes, including transitioning their HIV programs to a more efficient HIV treatment regimen containing dolutegravir (DTG).

2017 was marked by the availability of the first generic, fixed-dose and once-daily regimen containing DTG (tenofovir, lamivudine, dolutegravir, known as TLD). The myriad of clinical and financial benefits of TLD made this an exciting development last year, and in 2018, many countries are gearing up to adopt this new treatment regimen. With the excitement about TLD’s improved tolerability, higher resistance barrier, ability to rapidly decrease viral load and the long-term cost savings that TLD offers, countries also need to carefully plan a smooth transition to this new regimen.

Within USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS Research Division, we are proud to support these efforts through OPTIMIZE, the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute-led partnership to accelerate access to safer, simpler and more affordable HIV treatment. Within the partnership, ICAP at Columbia University leads country-focused efforts to streamline transition planning. This month, ICAP launched an online repository – your “one-stop shop” – for countries seeking resources to assist in their transition planning efforts. These resources are described below and are available on ICAP’s website. An easy-to-use summary can also be accessed via this guide.

These resources complement a comprehensive and invaluable product introduction toolkit. Developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) through the support of Unitaid, this online resource provides a framework for introducing new HIV products and links each step in that framework with a wide range of supportive tools and resources.

Interested in what ICAP’s “one-stop shop” offers? Check out the key resources and descriptions below:

Impact Overview

  • Are you new to the concept of antiretroviral therapy (ART) optimization? Interested in how switching to safer, simpler and more affordable HIV treatment regimens can improve the lives of patients and benefit global systems and country-specific programs? This introduction is a great first read and an excellent overview for those interested in these key concepts.

Case Studies from Previous Transitions to New First-line Antiretroviral Regimens

  • Learning from the past is an incredible opportunity to help shape the future. In this overview of past ART transitions, key learnings from past antiretroviral (ARV) transitions are shared and synthesized to help countries currently preparing to transition to new HIV treatment regimens. From managing demand to addressing common communication challenges, these country-specific experiences present an invaluable introduction to the key opportunities for planning an efficient and effective transition in 2018 and beyond.

Needs Assessments from South Africa and Mozambique

  • In 2016 and 2017, OPTIMIZE conducted needs assessments in South Africa and Mozambique. Each assessment is summarized in a country-specific report that crystallizes the key opportunities for future transition planning. These common areas of engagement can be helpful for other countries considering how best to focus their transition-planning efforts.

ARV Implementation Guide

  • For countries asking themselves, “Do we have the systems and processes in place for an effective transition?” a checklist can be a key tool in assessing readiness. The ARV Implementation Guide provides a menu of the critical activities involved in transition planning – from the broader enabling environment to what is needed at individual service delivery sites – all in an easy-to-use list format.

As we move into 2018, here’s to hoping you can realize your resolutions and make 2018 the healthiest and happiest year yet! At USAID, we plan to continue to promote innovative programs to achieve better health for everyone across the globe.

Learn more about USAID’s ART optimization efforts.

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Last updated: January 30, 2018

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