Testing Newborn Babies at Risk of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

Working in partnership with local communities and hospitals and international agencies such as UNICEF, UNITAID, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc., AmpliCare is building and equipping laboratories, training healthcare workers, and diagnosing and monitoring HIV/AIDS patients.
More than 100 laboratory technicians across sub-Saharan Africa are trained annually at our Roche Scientific Campus and partner training facilities in South Africa. This training is now being augmented by additional programmes which will train healthcare workers in all facets of laboratory medicine.

AmpliCare Initiative: Early Diagnosis of Babies at Risk of HIV

AmpliCare is a multi-faceted program to address barriers that prevent early diagnosis of infants born to HIV positive mothers along with monitoring people on anti-retroviral therapies. Introduced in 2002, it operates in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of South America and Asia where the disease burden is the highest.

The program includes:

    • Using Roche R&D expertise to re-design tests and delivery of test results to suit local conditions
    • Building laboratory capacity and enhancing skills of lab technicians to support reliable testing
    • Introducing differential pricing for HIV diagnostic tests in partnership with international health organisations.

The company also introduced text message (SMS) technology, making it easier to send test results back to rural healthcare facilities, saving people from having to return to the main testing site for their results.

The improved communication has several benefits:

    • Test results are easily and quickly sent to rural locations
    • Patient follow-up is improved by reducing logistical bottlenecks
    • Patients don’t need to revisit the lab, which are often located only in major towns

The collection card has expanded access to HIV diagnosis throughout the remotest areas of southern Africa. Roche continues to work with other organisations in public-private partnerships to ensure subsequent medical care for babies with HIV.

An education program trains local doctors and nurses to carry out viral load testing with limited resources, and keeps them fully informed about the latest advances in HIV/AIDS care.

Results since 2008:

    • Over 5,362,000 infants tested for HIV
    • Over 15,000,000 patients on HIV/AIDS therapy monitored for viral levels
    • Over 1,000 healthcare professionals trained on diagnostic testing
    • Over 60 molecular testing centres established, including a number of national testing labs in South Africa, Latin America, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.


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  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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    UNITAID raises money through innovative financing to shape markets for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries.

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, West Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Africa, Central Asia, Central Africa
  • Start Date 2002