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Acmen’s Traffic light triage saves lives in Malawi by Lizzie Crouch BBC Reporter


Recently the BBC featured a short film on the “Chipatala Robot, an ACMEN pilot study led by DR Nicola Desmond and Managed by Thomasena O’Byrne.

The project‘s aim is to explore the feasibility and acceptability of implementing Emergency Triage in Blantyre District Primary Health Centres through MHealth phone-based triage algorithm that helps health care workers prioritize sick children.



HIV self-testing (HIVST) Found Safe, Acceptable, and Accurate

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A Staff member of MLW demonstrating how self testing is doneA Staff member of MLW demonstrating how self testing is done

HIV self-testing (HIVST) delivered by trained volunteers may prove to be widely used, safe, accurate, and acceptable in urban settings of sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

This community-based prospective study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by Augustine Choko of the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Blantyre, Malawi and Liz Corbett of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, also showed that HIVST may lead to acceptable linkage into HIV care services and have a very low incidence of major social harms such as partner violence.


Self-testing helps combat HIV in adolescents

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Today only half of people living with HIV are aware of their status. This "testing gap", coupled with the importance of early treatment for HIV, is driving interest in of the role of self-testing for HIV.

Concerns about confidentiality and privacy are one of the key barriers to HIV testing services for adolescents (aged 10-19), as expressed by this young woman in Malawi. However, recent studies on the use of HIV self-tests suggest that the availability of a simple and discreet way to know their status themselves may be one of the keys to dramatically increasing the number of adolescents who take a test and go on to access support and further HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care.