The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Priya Iyer, Daniel Mwai, Anne N'ganga
Primary Language: English
Knowledge of HIV status is essential for achieving universal access to HIV services. As such, HIV testing and counseling (HTC) are fundamental elements of all HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs. As the need for HTC expands in Kenya and resources dwindle, the efficiency and effectiveness of HIV spending is of utmost importance. One method to reduce HTC costs involves re-working the testing algorithm. The Health Policy Project (HPP) was invited by the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) to help conduct an analysis, whereby incremental costs, defined as the costs in addition to that of the current algorithm, were calculated for three newly proposed algorithms. Based on the results of this analysis, which highlights the cost savings of each option, a recommendation for a more cost-efficient algorithm was proposed.