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A comparative analysis of national HIV policies in six African countries with generalized epidemics

Overview of attention for article published in Bulletin of the World Health Organization, April 2015
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Title
A comparative analysis of national HIV policies in six African countries with generalized epidemics
Published in
Bulletin of the World Health Organization, April 2015
DOI 10.2471/blt.14.147215
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Authors

Kathryn Church, Francis Kiweewa, Aisha Dasgupta, Mary Mwangome, Edith Mpandaguta, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Samuel Oti, Jim Todd, Alison Wringe, Eveline Geubbels, Amelia Crampin, Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, Chika Hayashi, Muthoni Njage, Ryan G Wagner, Alex Riolexus Ario, Simon D Makombe, Owen Mugurungi, Basia Zaba

Abstract

To compare national human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) policies influencing access to HIV testing and treatment services in six sub-Saharan African countries. We reviewed HIV policies as part of a multi-country study on adult mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. A policy extraction tool was developed and used to review national HIV policy documents and guidelines published in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe between 2003 and 2013. Key informant interviews helped to fill gaps in findings. National policies were categorized according to whether they explicitly or implicitly adhered to 54 policy indicators, identified through literature and expert reviews. We also compared the national policies with World Health Organization (WHO) guidance. There was wide variation in policies between countries; each country was progressive in some areas and not in others. Malawi was particularly advanced in promoting rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy. However, no country had a consistently enabling policy context expected to increase access to care and prevent attrition. Countries went beyond WHO guidance in certain areas and key informants reported that practice often surpassed policy. Evaluating the impact of policy differences on access to care and health outcomes among people living with HIV is challenging. Certain policies will exert more influence than others and official policies are not always implemented. Future research should assess the extent of policy implementation and link these findings with HIV outcomes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 88 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 3 3%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 1 1%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 1%
Unknown 83 94%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 3 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 1%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 1%
Unknown 83 94%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 May 2020.
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