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From policy to practice: exploring the implementation of antiretroviral therapy access and retention policies between 2013 and 2016 in six sub-Saharan African countries

  • Julie Ambia1Email authorView ORCID ID profile,
  • Jenny Renju1,
  • Alison Wringe1,
  • Jim Todd1,
  • Eveline Geubbels2,
  • Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro3,
  • Mark Urassa4,
  • Tom Lutalo5,
  • Amelia C. Crampin6,
  • Daniel Kwaro7,
  • Catherine Kyobutungi8,
  • Natsayi Chimbindi9,
  • F. Xavier Gomez-Olive10,
  • Malebogo Tlhajoane11,
  • Brian Njamwea8,
  • Basia Zaba1 and
  • Paul Mee1
BMC Health Services ResearchBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:758

Received: 3 May 2017

Accepted: 3 November 2017

Published: 21 November 2017

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Original Submission
3 May 2017 Submitted Original manuscript
28 Aug 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Yibeltal Alemu
28 Aug 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Lut Lynen
27 Sep 2017 Author responded Author comments - Julie Ambia
Resubmission - Version 2
27 Sep 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
11 Oct 2017 Author responded Author comments - Julie Ambia
Resubmission - Version 3
11 Oct 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 3
3 Nov 2017 Editorially accepted
21 Nov 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12913-017-2678-1

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Authors’ Affiliations

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Ifakara Health Institute, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda
National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania
Rakai Health Sciences Program, Kampala, Uganda
Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit, Lilongwe, Malawi
Kenya Medical Research Institute/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kisumu, Kenya
Africa Population Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya
Africa Health Research Institute, Durban, South Africa
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, and Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe