Optimizing HIV Virologic Outcomes for Pregnant Women in Uganda

2019-10-16 10:39:35 | BioPortfolio


The ENHANCED -SPS study is a before and after cluster randomized trial that will be conducted in 14 public health facilities providing HIV care in Southwestern Uganda. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-component intervention package that targets barriers to achieving optimal viral suppression among pregnant and postpartum women infected with HIV. This will be in two phases; In Phase 1 ("Before"), all 14 clinics will have a baseline assessment of standard of care VL procedures and assess the barriers and facilitators to viral suppression for a period of 3 months. In Phase 2 ("After"), 7 clinics randomized to control arm will continue to experience standard of care counseling procedures, and 7 clinics randomized to intervention will initiate the ENHANCE-PS intervention. The Phase 2 ("After") phase I will last at least 12 months.


We will test the hypothesis that the Enhanced viral load counseling and standardized peer mother support (ENHANCED-SPS) intervention will increase viral load suppression among HIV-infected pregnant and post-partum women and increase retention of mothers in care hence resulting in reduced risk of vertical transmission in south western Uganda.

Specific objectives are as follows:

1) To evaluate the effectiveness of an enhanced VL counseling and standardized peer mother support intervention on viral suppression among HIV infected pregnant women at 12 months of follow up; 2) To evaluate the effect of the enhanced counseling and peer support intervention on retention in care at 18 months postpartum follow up; We will randomize 14 HIV clinics to the ENHANCED-SPS multi-component intervention vs. standard of care procedures (intervention=7 clinics and control=7 clinics,n=70 mothers/health facility) ;3) To assess the facilitators and barriers of enhanced VL counseling and peer mother support intervention at 9 & 18 months of follow up.This will consider both patient and providers perspectives of the intervention implementation

Study Design




ENHANCED -SPS intervention


Jane Kabami




Makerere University

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