OPTIONS – February 2016

The OPTIONS Consortium objective is to develop a streamlined, adaptable product delivery platform for current and future ARV-based HIV prevention options, with a particular focus on women.

Supporting introduction of oral PrEP at the country level. OPTIONS is developing situation analyses along the value chain for Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa, which are based on existing documents and country plans, published data, and stakeholder interviews.

The team has nearly completed a communications landscape analysis for South Africa with a focus on adolescent girls, female sex workers, and health care providers. Existing end-user data were
culled from clinical trials, behavioral studies, demonstration projects, social scientists, leading publications/news sites, proprietary McCann Global brand studies, and the McCann Health marketing office in South Africa.

Summaries of the value chain situation analyses and communications landscape analysis are expected in February and will inform country-level work planning, investment cases, and the market-shaping

The modeling team synthesized existing PrEP modeling work and shared it with USAID, WHO, and other MPii projects. The team is working with country partners and other PrEP modelers (within
MPii projects and beyond) to identify needs and gaps in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. This will inform the project’s modeling priorities.

Communications and dissemination. The communications team is creating an “International Programs” section on PrEPWatch.org that will highlight efforts and share tools from all five MPii projects to support HIV prevention product introduction. Existing South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe pages will be built out with policies, guidance, and country-specific materials.

OPTIONS, along with USAID, PEPFAR, and WHO, hosted “Adapting WHO guidelines on oral PrEP: What will it take?” at the November 2015 ICASA meeting in Zimbabwe, which was attended by
approximately 130 people.

The team is collaborating with WHO and other MPii projects on several workshop proposals for the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban.

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