Retention in HIV programmes: Defining the challenges and identifying solutions

Meeting report (13-15 September 2011, Geneva, Switzerland)

WHO HIV/AIDS Programme

Publication details

Number of pages: 71
Publication date: May 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150368 6



WHO convened a global consultative meeting on retention in HIV care on 13-15 September 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. The key objectives of this meeting were:

  • To highlight the challenges around retention of patients between HIV diagnosis and enrollment and ongoing participation in HIV care with a focus on country-specific issues.
  • To highlight the importance of diligent monitoring and evaluation to improve HIV care programmes.
  • To identify gaps in documenting and monitoring LTFU (loss to follow-up).
  • To propose standardized definitions for key terms such as loss-to follow-up, and retention, including standardized period definitions.
  • To share country experiences and propose strategies to enhance retention in care with a focus on improving service delivery as part of Treatment 2.0.

The outcomes of the meeting are expected to serve as a foundation for future WHO normative guidance and to strengthen future programme support for retention in care.

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