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PEBRA study update

We are happy to announce that recruitment for PEBRA study has successfully completed beginning of 2020 and the study protocol has been published in BMC Public Health! The current COVID-19 crisis is obviously slowing down all health services and projects, also impacting PEBRA. However, keeping up essential services such as HIV services is key.

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Why PEBRA?

Adolescents living with HIV are more likely to drop out of care, both before and after starting antiretroviral therapy, and have overall poorer health outcomes than all other age groups.

What is PEBRA?

In close collaboration with various local stakeholders in Lesotho, we designed a health service delivery model specifically for adolescents living with HIV, called the PEBRA model.

The PEBRA model is delivered and coordinated by a peer-educator and a tablet application (PEBRApp). In the PEBRA model, a peer-educator first assesses the HIV service preferences of their peers, and then differentiates the services according to these preferences in a feasible manner.

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THE PEBRApp

Developed with ❤️ by T4A Maseru, Lesotho & Christoph Schwizer Zurich, Switzerland.

PEBRApp is the tablet-based application to deliver PEBRA model.

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THE PEBRA STUDY

The PEBRA model including PEBRApp will be evaluated in a cluster-randomized trial, running for over one year to assess if the model leads to better health outcomes among adolescents living with HIV in Lesotho. The PEBRA trial is a cluster randomized, open-label, superiority trial in rural Lesotho. The clusters (health facilities) are randomized into two groups (intervention and control) in a 1:1 allocation stratified by district.

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