1. Continue funding Early Infant Diagnosis and viral load testing through point-of-care machines.
2. Expand access to urine-based LF-LAM assays for infants and children living with HIV.
1. Scale up appropriate, timely, high quality, cost-effective early infant diagnosis, using comprehensive laboratory mapping and optimized use of all available diagnostic resources, recognizing the patient benefits of Point of Care (POC) Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) for timely diagnosis and ART initiation.
2. Prioritize effective, evidence-based case-finding strategies to increase demand for testing of children of all ages and improve patient identification, including testing all children attending nutrition, TB, and inpatient wards, testing of mother-infant pairs in immunization clinics, scaling up index testing, etc.
3. Develop strategies to optimize the use of new technologies and interventions in countries.
4. Work with national regulatory authorities to streamline procedures and strengthen the use of WHO prequalification listing when considering national regulatory approval.
5. Develop more accurate, transparent, and consolidated forecasts to support manufacturing and reagent availability.
6. Support multiplexing of available diagnostic technologies across programs for more optimal utilization of available platforms and wider access to testing.
7. Work towards eliminating user fees from diagnostic and health services in the public sector.
8. Prioritize fast track national regulatory approval of EID and viral load (VL) products that have stringent international regulatory approval and/or WHO prequalification listing.
9. Accept WHO guidance suggesting countries should refrain from requiring national evaluation studies that would be duplicative, but instead adopt a rapid and streamlined registration and national approval process for EID and viral load products.
10. Prioritize the development and operationalization of collaborative regional registration schemes and take part in the collaborative registration procedure for diagnostics, to be developed by the WHO.
11. Develop and implement post market surveillance of diagnostic products.
Zimbabwe has rolled out POC EID tests utilizing M-PIMA devices and GeneXpert platforms. And in some sites-rolled-out POC Viral load testing especially of pregnant and lactating women as the results of VL are needed for timely stratifying HEI as high risk in order to give the appropriate high-risk exposed infant prophylaxis.
In the last few months, Zimbabwe has also been training health care workers on use of child-friendly formulations for treatment-including RAL for neonatal treatment as well as LPV/r granules, anticipating to also start training on use of DTG 10mg as it is anticipated to be available on the market in the second quarter of 2021.
1. Adopt and implement WHO TB guidelines as relevant for infants and children in case-finding, screening, and testing.
2. Scale up available, appropriate, timely, quality assured pediatric TB diagnostics, using comprehensive diagnostic network mapping and optimized use of all diagnostic resources to maximise paediatric case detection.
3. Ensure follow-up, screening and appropriate care for children who are a household contact of a person living with TB, and that pediatric case-finding is prioritized.
4. Implement rapid molecular assays for detection of TB in infants and children, including use of stool and other non-sputum specimens endorsed by WHO.
5. Implement the TB-LAM assay and/or similar urine-based lateral flow assays for routine use in both TB and HIV national programs in line with the latest WHO recommendations to support identification of TB in all HIV-infected infants and children.
6. Incorporate costed and budgeted requests for interventions for pediatric TB diagnosis, including procurement, training, and case-finding interventions, into Global Fund and PEPFAR requests.
7. Optimize infant and children case-finding approaches to ensure increased and equitable access to screening and testing as well as linkage to treatment, including preventive treatment.
8. Work with researchers and relevant experts to develop pediatric specimen banks/repositories to support faster studies of new TB diagnostics and ensure open access to academic groups and manufacturers.
9. Work with national regulatory authorities to register diagnostic assays and streamline procedures while ensuring the use of WHO approved products when considering national regulatory approval.
10. Support sharing of available diagnostic platforms and associated networks across programs to attain wider access to testing, for more optimal utilization of available platforms, more efficient systems, and improved sustainability.
11. Remove barriers to accessing screening and preventive treatment for healthy children who are exposed to TB (e.g. provide transport vouchers, home-based screening and treatment, etc.).
12. Support optimal access and supply to TB diagnostics through efficient registration of WHO recommended diagnostics and not taxing public goods.
13. Implement pre-qualification assessments of TB in vitro diagnostics to assess quality, safety and performance of specific products, as a quality assurance mechanism complementing WHO policy recommendations.
14. Streamline national regulatory approval of TB diagnostic products that have been assessed according to stringent standards for quality, safety and performance.
15. Develop and implement post market surveillance of diagnostic products
23. Jointly agree upon and execute next steps to optimize the availability and delivery of these formulations in 2019 including:
Timely and regular information sharing (including orders placed and timelines for deliveries)
Providing best possible demand forecasts
Collaborate on the optimization of limited supply within and among countries and joint prioritization among orders to ensure sustainable supplies to children once initiated
Support product uptake at country level
Regulatory filings as needed to support scale-up, timely responses to queries raised during the review, and implementation (re-validation as required) of post approval changes at risk during the review period.
50. Accelerate transition to more optimal regimens and formulations as described in WHO Guidelines
and 2018 Optimal formulary by:
Developing transition plans by Q1 2019
Introducing DTG 50 mg for children above 25 kg by Q2 2019
Fully phasing out NVP based regimens by Q3 2019 in children older than 3 years and by Q2 2020 in children younger than 3 years.
Optimizing the use of LPVr solid formulations by prioritizing infants and children that most need them as well as using LPVr tablets as soon as a child can swallow them
Transitioning stable children to optimal regimens as outlined by in the WHO treatment guidelines and in the Optimal Formulary and Limited Use List
51. Increase viral load monitoring of children and ensure linkage of children failing first line drugs to 2nd and 3rd line drugs, working with donors and manufacturers to ensure availability of drugs in line with WHO guidelines.
The APWG issued an updated memo on 10 January 2019 to Suppliers of paediatric LPV/r formulations, HIV program managers, and ARV logistics divisions “to provide information on global coordination efforts to ensure paediatric LPV/r formulations are appropriately distributed and utilized.” The APWG also continues to meet monthly with manufacturers and to develop a plan for increased supply by end 2019. It plans to develop a dashboard on the supply situation of LPV/r granules and pellets for the APWG website.
RAL granules monitored introduction to take place in Zimbabwe as a result of work from FASTER/EGPAF, Minister of Health Zimbabwe and Merck.
92. Accelerate transition to more optimal regimens and formulations as described in WHO Guidelines by:
Adopting and implementing new WHO TB guidelines relevant for children within one year of their release
Revising national procurement plans to align with WHO recommended regimens and the EML-C
Scaling-up use of dispersible fixed-dose combinations and single drug formulations for drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB (including rifampicin + isoniazid + pyrazinamide [RHZ] and rifampicin + isoniazid [RH], INH dispersible single, ethambutol dispersible single and child-friendly second-line formulations)
Supporting the provision of shorter TB Prevention Treatment regimens for children when these regimens have appropriate data and are available in child-friendly formulations (i.e., 3RH, 3HP, 1 HP)
Strengthening reporting and recording systems for TB infection, contact tracing and provision and completion of TPT for children
Strengthening PSM systems for TPT medicines.
93. Prioritize funding for paediatric TB prevention, diagnosis (including DST), and treatment in national budgets and requests to donors, including to provide these services free of charge and to support improved models of care for children and for training of HCWs.
94. Create a plan of action to reduce stigma and discrimination in health care systems and communities and support civil society and community generated initiatives focused on pediatric TB.
95. Collect data on TB-HIV co-infection and TB treatment outcomes in children living with HIV.