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  • CAPRISA fellow receives a Lancet-CUGH Best Student poster award

    CAPRISA fellow Kate Simeon received a Lancet-CUGH Best Student poster award at the 9th  Annual Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH) Conference in New York. Simeon’s poster assessing the “Cost of Point-of-Care Test Monitoring for HIV-Positive Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy” was the overall winner in the Implementation Science Track. Simeon, who is studying Medicine at the University of Washington, undertook a 12-week fellowship placement with CAPRISA’s STREAM point-of-care (POC) Viral Load study, a randomized implementation trial assessing POC monitoring for patients receiving ART. Using micro-costing data and time and motion studies, Simeon found that POC monitoring is potentially cost saving compared to standard laboratory monitoring. A full cost-effectiveness analysis is planned when STREAM finishes in late 2018. The prize was presented by Zoe Mullan, editor of the Lancet Global Health, at the Annual CUGH Awards Ceremony. The CUGH, held from 16-18th March, is the world’s leading academic global health conference, and this year was co-hosted by Columbia and Stellenbosch Universities.

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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.