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Repeat HIV Testing in Pregnant Women in Kenya and Tanzania — Into the Field

Photo: Mwarami Selemani, the former acting Health Coordinator and current Sexual and Reproductive Health Facilitator, leading Dr. Jaiving Kazitanga, the newly hired Health Coordinator, and Robi Nyaisaba, eHealth Administrator, on a tour of Mbola Health Center.

Monday, July 2nd 2012

On Friday, June 29 I participated in a meeting with Dr. Gerson Nyadzi, the Science Coordinator and Team Leader, and Mwarami Selemani to discuss the project. Between the three of us we were able to complete goals 2 and 3 of this first stage of the study. We have decided that all six health centers in the cluster will be enrolled in the study. Nyadzi and Selemani are both confident that each site is fully prepared and willing to participate. This is good news because reaching our intended enrollment of 1100 participants may possibly have taken a long time without the participation of all six sites. We have named Killian Mahembe, the eHealth Data Entry Assistant, to serve as the Data Manager for the study. I will be working with him next week to establish a proper method of data relay from the field to New York.

Today I met with two new members of the MVP Mbola staff, Dr. Jaiving Kazitanga, health coordinator, and Robi Nyaisaba, e-health administrator. I joined them and Selemani on a tour of three of the cluster's health centers: Ilolangulu, Isenga and Mbola. I had spent the weekend fighting a debilitating bout of malaria and almost declined the tour, but I had finished my course of artemisinin combination therapy and was anxious to get out in the field. While touring the clinics, meeting the staff and patients, I could picture our study taking shape and how our team would shape it in the coming weeks.

This week I will be working with Ammon Kagoro, the Community Health Worker Manager for the Mbola cluster, to translate our consent form and fashion our training modules — the final step before we set out for the field to begin train the health center staff.

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned.

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