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Ciheb at AIDS 2020 (Virtual)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) hosted by the International AIDS Society will be the first virtual edition of the global annual conference. Held on 6-10 July 2020, the conference is offering an innovative and interactive global platform to influence discussions on HIV science, research, and policy. AIDS 2020 is bringing together delegates and participants from around the world to advance the HIV response.  

AIDS 2020 Conference Program

Ciheb is proud to be participating in AIDS 2020. Here are the ways we are contributing together with our partners. Learn more about the conference and register here.

Moderated Satellite Sessions

July 8 (9:00 - 9:45 - San Francisco) Satellite Channel 2

Topic: The "graying" of the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa: How can we integrate non-communicable disease management, and are we ready?​

Chair: Dr. David Riedel, Associate Professor of Medicine and Ciheb Medical Director


  • Dr. Wame Jallow, International Treatment Prepardeness Coalition, Botswana. Community-led monitoring improves quality of and access to services and treatment.
  • Dr. Jebet Boit, Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hosptal, Kenya​. Integrated model of service delivery for people who use drugs at the Mathari Medically Assisted Therapy Clinic, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Dr. Richard Marlink, Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health, United States. Cancer Care and Prevention in HIV Care and Prevention Settings in Southern Africa.

July 9 (10:00 - 10:45 - San Francisco) Satellite Channel 2

Topic: Harnessing surveillance data to improve individual patient retention and re-engagement in HIV treatment: the next step towards data-to-care for epidemic control​


  • Dr. Kristen Stafford, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Ciheb Associate Director  
  • Dr. Mahesh Swaminathan, Country Director, Nigeria, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Dr. David Lowrance, Medical Officer, Global HIV Programme, World Health Organization, Switzerland​. WHO HIV Strategic Information Guidelines: Driving Impact Through Person-Centered Data Use.
  • Dr. Elizabeth DiNenno, Associate Deputy Director, Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Science, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data-to-Care in the United States: Lessons Learned and Looking to the Future.
  • Dr. Max Kapanda, Principal Medical Officer National ART Program, Botswana Ministry of Health & Wellness​, Botswana. Data to Improve Health Outcomes: Experience from Botswana.

Additonal Satellite Sessions

July 8 (10:00 - 10:45 - San Francisco)

Topic: Men & HIV: Insights from sub-Saharan Africa

As part of this panel, Dr. Cassidy Claassen, Assistant Professor and Technical Director/Chief of Party Ciheb CIRKUITS Project will be summarizing the main findings in his forthcoming paper: “Index and targeted community-based testing to optimize HIV case-finding and ART linkage among men in Zambia.”  

Poster Sessions


Improving same day ART in Botswana: A health system strengthening approach

Milton Montebatsi, Reson Marima, Marie-Claude Lavoie, Natalia Blanco, Jean Kabengele, Koona Keapoletswe, Mark Ogbuabo, Kagiso Sebina, Ookeditse Ntwayagae,Dinah Ramaabya, Mareko Ramotsababa, Ndwapi Ndwapi (PEE1498 - Poster Channel - Track E)
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Monitoring of health service improvement: Building a health quality system driven by lay health workers

Josephine Tlale, Reson Marima, Milton Montebatsi, Peter Memiah, Natalia Blanco, Ndwapi Ndwapi (PEE1688 - Poster Channel - Track E)
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Outcomes of HIV-infected clients who present with advanced disease at enrollment into care within PACT Timiza-supported facilities in Western Kenya

Caroline Ngeno, Habib O. Ramadhani, Emmanuel Amadi, Natalia Blanco. Anglea Ndaga, Roseline Oyuga, Florence Ogero, Eliza Owino, Appolonia Aoko, Emily Koech (PEE1573 - Poster Channel - Track E)
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Differentiated service delivery model for HIV-infected adolescents: Experience from Western Kenya

Caroline Ngeno, Marie-Claude Lavoie, Natalia Blanco, Emmanuel Amadi, Angela Ndaga, Roseline Oyuga, Paul Obwogo, Lilian Njoki, Lennah Nyabiage, Emily Koech (PEE1622 - Poster Channel - Track E)
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Achieving high viral load uptake and suppression among HIV-infected individuals receiving HIV care in public health facilities in Western Kenya

Caroline Ngeno, Natalia Blanco, Marie-Claude Lavoie, Emmanuel Amadi, Angela Ndaga, Roseline Oyuga, Kepha Abuya, Daniel Onea, Elizabeth Katiku, Emily Koech (PEE1596 - Poster Channel - Track E)
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Providing structured support through a return to care package to reduce lost to follow-up among patients on antiretroviral therapy in rural Western Kenya​

Violet Makokha, Habib O. Ramadhani, Caroline Ngeno, Emmanuel Amadi, Daniel Wandina, Angela Ndaga, Richard Onkware, Eliza Owino, Elizabeth Katiku, Emily Koech (PEE1650 - Poster Channel - Track E)
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The Lusaka Coalition of Community Sewers: rapid community engagement to provide personal protective equipment for health care workers in Zambia

Julie Doherty, Kate Bridges, Annie Martin, Cassidy W. Claassen (COVID-19 Conference Poster Channel - Track D)

Index testing finds many previously undiagnosed HIV positive infants and pregnant and breastfeeding women in Zambia

Linah K. Mwango, Beauty Phiri, Morley Mujansi, Gideon Daka, Monde Mukubonda, Sitali Njai, Emeldah Kabwe, Rose Tembo, Kennedy Nkwemu, Annie Mwila, Cassidy W. Claassen (PEC0571 - Poster Channel - Track C)
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