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What is needed to make linkage effective? How can we ensure our linkage approaches drive improved ART initiation and retention? How can we adapt these approaches for re-engagement of people who have been on treatment in the past but have fallen out of care? This session will address these questions through a differentiated service delivery lens. It will explore the term “sticky linkage” and its usefulness, the importance of global and country guidance on linkage and a minimum linkage service delivery package. Presentations will focus on filling gaps in the evidence base highlighting client-centred approaches. Presentations and debate will consider the importance of effective tracing approaches, the utility of compulsory adherence support upon re-entry and the need for clear country standard operating procedures on re-engagement to reduce delays in restarting treatment. The target audience for this session is policy makers, programme implementers and implementation scientists.

08:00
PART 1: Effective linkage approaches or “STICKY LINKAGE” IN THE TREAT ALL ERA
Meg Doherty, World Health organization, Switzerland
Gertrude Ncube, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe
PART 2: LATEST EVIDENCE AND NEW STRATEGIES
08:30
A joint universal access point for couples in South Africa
Natasha Davies, Wits RHI, South Africa
08:40
Peer providers to support from HIV self-testing to ART initiation in Burundi
Dismas Gashobotse, FHI 360, Burundi
08:50
System redesign to improve linkage and ART initiation rates in Angola
Juliana Soares Linn, ICAP, United States
09:00
Community-based service models to improve linkage to and retention in ART for female sex workers in Tanzania
Lung Wu, Population Council/Project SOAR, United States
09:10
Segmentation of South Africa men – insights to improve linkage
Shawn Malone, PSI, South Africa
09:20
PART 3: REFRAMING FOR RE-ENGAGEMENT – BEYOND THE 90S