Project SOAR is examining the current delivery of HIV testing (HTS) and linkages to care (LTC) services—including barriers, facilitators, and infrastructure—in Ekurhuleni District, South Africa which has the second-highest district-level HIV prevalence in the country. Based on these formative findings, the project will develop and test tailored approaches to increase patients’ uptake of HTS and subsequent LTC, if positive. The project expects to find evidence of HTS coverage outside of antenatal care; document key systems-level barriers to HTS and LTC; assess potentially generalizable clinic-level strategies to increase HTS delivery and assess LTC needs; and identify the added value for implementation of scalable approaches to increase timely LTC following testing HIV seropositive. The key audiences for the findings are national, provincial, and district/subdistrict departments of health and health system implementing partners.
Project SOAR. 2017. "A systems approach to improving delivery and update of facility-based HIV testing and linkage to care in South Africa," Activity brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)