Despite gains made to decrease HIV viral load and recent advances in preventative options, reservoirs of infection remain. In Africa, rapidly expanding populations of vulnerable youth and young adults combined with threats of decreased donor funding creates further risks and urgency. The potential impact of emerging novel prevention products to significantly decrease acquisition of HIV infection is threatened by systems unable to support delivery and uptake, nor sustain effective use, of these products. These weak prevention delivery systems present a grave risk to the ability to address persistent pockets of infection and control HIV epidemics over the long-term. Listen to speakers from the Malawi Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Commission, and Blantyre Prevention Strategy Consortium partners as they explain how the innovative Blantyre Prevention Strategy, co-developed with Malawi’s government and a consortium of partners, will support development of the optimal system for the sustained prevention of HIV infection that is fully embedded in local structures.
The session, co-chaired by Dr. Charles Holmes, the Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Georgetown University and Chimwemwe Mablekisi, the Director of Programs at the Malawi National AIDS Commission and co-hosted by CIGH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) first aired at the virtual 2021 HIV Research for Prevention (R4P) conference organized by the International AIDS Society.