Remote Medical International is proud to be working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Global Health Supply Chain HIV Rapid Test Kit program (GHSC-RTK).
GHSC-RTK supports PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief & an AIDS-free generation. A key partner the delivery of this global strategy, we recently participated in the third biennial of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine International Conference (ASML2016) this past December.
ASLM is an independent, pan-African professional body that coordinates, galvanizes, and mobilizes relevant stakeholders to improve local access to world-class laboratory services and ensure healthy African communities. ASLM 2016 provided information on the laboratory medicine landscape and needs in Africa and promoted the creation of public-private partnerships to ensure further development of both African laboratories and African diagnostics companies
Much of the ASLM conference focused on the 90-90-90 goals, ambitious targets to help end the AIDS epidemic:
- 90% of all people living with HIV know their status,
- 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV are receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy,
- 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy are virally suppressed.
Under 90-90-90 and PEPFAR 3.0, HIV testing is shifting from population-based testing to evidence-based interventions targeting populations at greatest risk in areas of greatest HIV incidence.
“Since we started this project, we have distributed nearly 40 million HIV rapid test kits to over 15 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Remote Medical’s CEO, Wayne Wager. “Our effort addresses the first step in the 90-90-90 treatment targets, namely diagnosing those living with HIV/AIDS so that they can begin to seek treatment and reduce further accidental transmission.”
As one of the largest global procurers of HIV Rapid Test Kits, Remote Medical International continues to work to ensure that all people, especially vulnerable groups in sub-Saharan Africa, know their HIV status in order to gain access to treatment and health.
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