Access to ART and Integrated Family Planning Services in Zambia

Updated: Jan 18

In July 2018, Zambia began rollout of DTG-based ART. Preliminary data from Botswana suggested a fetal safety concern for women on DTG at peri-conception, so Zambia recommended that to be eligible for DTG, women of child bearing potential must use ‘reliable contraception’.

By May 2019, only 28% of 141,188 patients on DTG were women, a low proportion as 63% of ART patients in Zambia are women. To better understand the situation, Zambia MOH and CHAI conducted a rapid assessment of integration and access to DTG-based ART and family planning for women living with HIV. This poster, developed for the 2019 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), summarizes those findings.