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Decongesting ART Clinics in Zambia and Improving Patients Retention Through Community Adherence Groups

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) services are often provided in standard, yet inefficient ways, making long-term it difficult for patients to stay on treatment long-term. Differentiated Models of Care (DMOC) reduce the cost for patients to stay on ART, can provide tailored ART support, reduce congestion in ART facilities and provide the foundation for patient-centered chronic disease wellness systems. The PEPFAR-supported Centers for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has developed and is implementing Community-based Adherence Groups (CAGs). CAGs provide routine ART management to patients, decongest high-volume facilities, and minimize difficulties in accessing ART sites.