Zimbabwe

Research

Researching for better treatment

Research plays a crucial role in the ongoing improvement of the complex HIV therapy. Newlands Clinic conducts its own research and also participates in international studies related to HIV. Our goal is to improve patient management and to share our knowledge with other healthcare professionals.

Monitoring adherence

Amongst others, we want to find out the best way to monitor therapy adherence. We therefore studied a group of adolescent patients to compare the traditional method of counting pills with the use of pill boxes fitted with microchips that automatically record when they are opened. The results are currently being evaluated.

The Newlands Clinic Research Unit conducts research in several thematic areas within the realm of HIV with the focus being on the improvement of patient management. Through publications and the presentation of results at various local and international fora, we can also disseminate facets of our model to other healthcare professionals.

Improving HIV care

Research topics at Newlands Clinic are designed to seek to answer the most pertinent questions in HIV care. Some of the main issues covered are the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HPV, epidemiology, treatment outcomes, quantification of exposure and adherence as well as HIV prevalence and associated risk factors.

Newlands Clinic’s research team is composed of staff from different departments, including the medical unit, pharmacy, lab, psychosocial services and a research assistant.

Software ePOC

Newlands Clinic has designed a software for HIV treatment. ePOC can increase the quality of treatment since it also offers support in decisions on diagnoses and therapy in addition to recording patient data. The software is being used in three clinics of Population Services International and by the organisation John Snow International. It is also currently in use at two central hospitals, with four more set to follow.