Join Project SOAR for a webinar featuring results from timely implementation science research in Zambia on young people living with HIV.
Great strides have been made in improving the lives of people living with HIV. However, recent evidence suggests that youth are not keeping pace with the progress being made by other age groups, often because services are not meeting their particular needs. Young people face challenges in accessing care, adhering to treatment, and maintaining their health and well-being.
In this webinar, SOAR researchers will discuss the health, socioeconomic, psychosocial, and gender-related needs of Zambian adolescents living with HIV and their implications for health services and community-based programs.
How prevalent is viral load failure among youth living with HIV and how might a peer mentoring program help improve treatment and well-being outcomes?
Sam Miti of Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital in Ndola, Zambia, will present baseline findings on viral suppression among youth (15–24 years) living with HIV participating in a SOAR randomized controlled trial. The trial is assessing a peer-mentoring strategy to support youth transitioning into adulthood, including physically transitioning from a child-focused to an adult-focused health care system. Augustine, a peer mentor, will discuss the strategy designed to provide education on HIV treatment-related topics, mentoring, and adherence and psychosocial support throughout the transition process. (Read more about study)
What are the health status and socioeconomic well-being of adolescents living with HIV and how might services better address their vulnerabilities?
Nkomba Kayeyi and Mike Mbizvo of the Population Council will share baseline results examining key child and household well-being indicators among more than 300 adolescents (10-17 years) living with HIV in Central and Eastern Provinces. The results are part of a SOAR cohort study to compare outcomes between young people living with HIV receiving and not receiving services from the Zambia Family (ZAMFAM) project which aims to improve the care and resilience of vulnerable children. The presenters will also discuss the implications of the findings for strengthening comprehensive, integrated service delivery, and support to adolescents living with HIV. (Read more about study)