In Malawi, and other resourced-constrained, sub-Saharan African countries with a high HIV burden, several service delivery models have emerged to increase prevention of mother-to-child transmission care retention by strengthening connections between health facilities and their surrounding communities. Yet there has been little documentation of the unique characteristics of each model and their comparative impact on mother-infant pair (MIP) care retention and other health outcomes. This brief describes how Project SOAR is responding to these knowledge gaps by conducting research to identify components of community-based MIP support that are associated with maternal care retention and infant HIV-free survival. This research will help decisionmakers refine and accelerate scale-up of promising community–facility linkage practices in Malawi and elsewhere in the region.
Project SOAR. 2017. "Evaluating community-facility linkage models to promote mother-infant retention along the HIV care continuum," Activity brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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