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CMLF - Supporting lab services for key populations

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CMLF has begun to implement the laboratory strengthening component of the OECS Global Fund Grant (2016-2019) as a crucial aspect of the Caribbean’s thrust to achieve an AIDS-free generation by the year 2030. This is focused on ensuring access and quality of testing services for HIV, STI and TB diagnosis to meet the needs of key populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, and sex workers within the OECS. 

Under this project, laboratory interventions will focus on expanding access to HIV/STI and TB quality assured diagnostic testing within key populations. The interventions will facilitate arrangements for sustaining access to viral load testing for persons on treatment within the OECS, and determine levels of HIV Drug Resistance. 

In this context, sustainability includes: centralising procurement of laboratory supplies to reduce cost, supporting the implementation of national laboratory policies and legislation that include support for key populations, improving the use of laboratory data for care and treatment and supporting the licensing of national laboratories within the OECS. 

Readers would recall that in our World AIDS Day News Alert 2015, CMLF had stressed the need for user- friendly and quality-assured lab services for key populations if the Caribbean is to meet the 90-90-90 targets and to ensure an AIDS-free generation by 2030.

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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016