TRACE stands for Tracking with Recency Assays to Control the Epidemic.
Goal: To establish HIV recent infection surveillance system, in routine HIV services, to detect, characterize, monitor and intervene on recent infection among newly diagnosed PLHIV in real-time to accelerate epidemic control.
Global Partner: ICAP at Columbia University and UCSF
TRACE: APIN in Partnership with ICAP shall be implementing TRACE in Benue State.
Ground-breaking visit: This visit to Benue State happened yesterday 9th October, 2019 with advocacy visit to the Benue State Ministry of Health (MoH) and one of the APIN supported comprehensive Site where TRACE shall be implemented.
Full implementation will commence in January 2020. But preliminary activities are currently taking place, this include TRACE protocol review happening next week in Abuja. The first Technical working core group meeting took place on Monday 7th October at the NASCP Office, FMoH, Abuja.
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) is leading the process of protocol adoption and also ensuring smooth implementation of the recency testing TRACE project across selected states in Nigeria. It is however funded by CDC Atlanta.
Credit: Mrs Bunmi Amoo (Technical Advisor Prevention, APIN)