Goal: A community free from HIV/AIDS and TB transmission and with all infected clients accessing treatment programs in a safe, confidential and friendly environment.
The HIV/TB team is led Dr Owamukamaeli Asaph, a medical officer; together with 4 nurses ,4 counsellors,4 peer educators and 4 linkage facilitators
The team works closely with USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services (USAID-RHITES) and Health workers at lower Health facilities to offer high quality services.
The department conducts regular drama shows, dialogue meetings with different stakeholders and radio talk shows to improve awareness and demand for the services we offer.
We offer HIV testing services (both at the facility and outreaches) with those testing positive enrolled in HIV care as per national guidelines and those testing negative given preventive messages.
We also offer screening and treatment for Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and other HIV related illnesses (opportunistic infections); safe male circumcision and other HIV preventive interventions.
Currently, 1065 clients are enrolled in the HIV/AIDS program and all of them are on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) currently on Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), with 89 % of them virally suppressed. sixty-five of these HIV positive clients under 15 years.
We also have a robust PMTCT program with 103 HIV positive mothers currently enrolled under care. We offer ARVS, viral load monitoring, monthly interactions with these mothers in family support groups to address client specific concern and challenges like Gender Based Violence, stigma etc., that might hamper their adherence to medications; as well as Niverapine syrup and monitoring of HIV exposed babies to prevent them from contacting the virus. Only 2.86% of babies born from the mothers in this program are tested HIV positive over the last year.
HIV positive pregnant women who are not on a treatment programme have a 30% chance of transmitting the virus to their unborn child. With our help, less than 1% of mothers transmit HIV to their baby.
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