n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The utility of pharmacy dispensing data for ART programme evaluation and early identification of patient loss to follow-up : case study

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The rapid scale-up of antiretroviral treatment (ART) programmes in sub-Saharan Africa has challenged the capacities of ART services to monitor and retain large numbers of patients within programmes effectively. Many ART clinics in sub-Saharan Africa now have to cope with patient complements of several thousands, all of whom require monitoring and tracking. Initially, programme emphasis was placed on the maintenance of high levels of adherence to therapy, particularly because of the concerns of widespread viral resistance that could develop as a result of expanded access to ART in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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