OPTIMIZE project

I am thrilled to announce that training materials for health care workers on the introduction of DTG for the treatment of HIV are now online!

The OPTIMIZE project is a global consortium dedicated to rapidly improving treatment outcomes for people living with HIV by optimizing ARV drugs and formulations and accelerating their introduction in low- and middle-income countries.  I was proud to contribute to the impressive work of the consortium by writing the training materials for health care workers.

In recent years, there has been a powerful movement to test folks for HIV and immediately treat all who have a positive test. This is a shift from pervious recommendations of treating those who have low CD4 counts or who are pregnant, for example.  This is huge! It is a huge move towards equity and justice in health care.

Of course, there are challenges to a shift like this. One of the challenges that OPTIMIZE is addressing is around complicated treatment guidelines that include several different drug formulation for multiple populations. The introduction of DTG helps to simplify the treatments overall, harmonize treatment across populations, simplify the supply chain, and save money.

There have been several pivotal moments in the fight against AIDS and this one, an effort to get 90% of those living with HIV on treatment, is one of them! And DTG is a tool that will help achieve the goal.

As always, I am open to new contracts and to working together. Please let me know how I can help you to build effective, exciting, and practice-based trainings.

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