Validation of new technologies in the use of dry blood samples (DBS) for monitoring viral loads in patients on antiretroviral treatment in Malawi: CDC Public Health Evaluation Grant Number: 626110-3831. This pays for 25% of my time. ( 7/2014 - 6/2015 )
This is a two year study; ending in March, 2015, compares the use of dry blood samples obtaining by fingerstick and venous blood in measuring viral load in patients on antiretroviral treatment. The hypothesis being tested is this that since DBS are easier and cheaper to collect, store and transport, Malawi will be able to role out the use of DBS throughout the country.