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Activity Brief
31 May 2019

Evaluating an HIV risk screening tool among orphans and other vulnerable children in Tanzania

Identifying children and adolescents for HIV testing has largely been conducted at health facilities, where inpatient status or clinical symptom screening are often used as risk screening criteria. This approach does not systematically reach orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) served through community-based programs, if they do not regularly access facility services. Equipping community cadres with an appropriate tool to screen OVC at the community level could address this gap.

 

This brief describes a study Project SOAR is conducting in Tanzania to validate an HIV risk screening tool for OVC and assess its feasibility and acceptability within community and facility settings. Integrating HIV risk screening into orphans and other vulnerable children programs could contribute to national and international “90–90–90” goals through improved identification of HIV-positive children/adolescents (i.e., testing yield) and linkage to treatment.

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