HIV Care Cascade Modelling Workshop
In order for patients to achieve optimal outcomes to HIV infection, timely initiation and retention on anti-retroviral treatment is crucial. In many sub-Saharan African settings individuals enter care at a late stage of infection when their CD4 count is very low or they have AIDS defining symptoms, which is associated with suboptimal health outcomes. Reviewing current service delivery to identify deficits in engagement with care therefore holds great value in improving patient health.
The HIV Modelling Consortium Steering Committee highlighted the need to identify key areas of improvement in the care cascade to the Secretariat and in the first instance the internal team worked develop an individual-based microsimulation model to simulate the continuum of HIV care and an individual’s disease progression as they interact with the health care system. Now that the model has been parameterised to a particular setting in Western Kenya it is a useful time to meet with other modelling groups working in this field in different settings to discuss current and future challenges.
(1) Review current cascade models; what questions are being addressed and what are the gaps?
(2) Examine results from current cascade models
A report will be developed following the meeting and made available online.