Africare News In Brief

 

 

Injongo Yethu Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Project Eastern Cape, South Africa

 

March, 2011- With PEPFAR funding, between 2004 and 2010 Africare has supported health system strengthening for the implementation of HIV and AIDS care, treatment and support services in the Eastern Cape Province. In partnership with the South African Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, protocols for the management of HIV-infected patients were developed and implemented. Africare has enhanced up and down referral systems for HIV-infected patients between hospitals and primary health facilities to facilitate scaling up of HIV care and treatment services.

Africare’s innovative HIV mentoring program expanded from the Chris Hani district to include the districts of Cacadu and Amathole in 2009. Community outreach and mobilization efforts have continued, reaching over half a million community members including HIV infected people, with prevention and behavior change messages. The ripple effect has been a 10-fold increase in the uptake of HIV counseling and testing services. Efforts to link patients to community-based services and to track patients to reduce loss-to-follow-up have been strengthened in 79 health facilities and their catchment communities. Key partnerships with South Africa’s DOH offices in Amathole, Cacadu and Chris Hani have been established, and work plans for health facilities and DOH support have been developed and implementation is ongoing.

Currently, Africare continues to broaden its provincial scope of services in the Eastern Cape Province. Seventy nine health facilities are support by Africare’s multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, pharmacist and community services staff. To date a cumulative total of over 16,000 patients have been enrolled in HIV care including over 10,947 patients on ART at the supported public health facilities. Over 400 health care providers from health and other DOH facilities have been trained and mentored in specialized HIV care services. These include TB/HIV integration, PMTCT, adult and pediatric HIV care, treatment and support, psychosocial support, and, care and support interventions. Africare also directly supports ARV supply chain-related training and mentoring, logistics and purchase of commodities for ART sites. Integration and linkage of key services continues to be a priority in Eastern Cape. In 2011, Africare plans to establish and continue to expand and improve HIV prevention, care and treatment services in the Eastern Cape Province.

Africare nurse advisor monitoring public health facility
nurses in Nkonkobe Sub District

Africare staff demonstrating interventions for TB Infection Control at the Health Facilities

 

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