HIVSA's Community Health Project supports, facilitates and strengthens community linkages into HIV prevention, treatment and care, for improved health outcomes for individuals and communities. Programme activities include:
- Community mapping, forums and engagement .
- Building the capacity of Community-based Organisations to provide HIV Counselling and Testing services through training, mentoring and providing resources.
- Building the capacity of Community-based Organisations to provide I ACT support groups to newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals through training, mentoring and providing resources.
- Supporting community based I ACT support group facilitators to provide the I ACT package of knowledge and skills for adolescent support groups, adherence clubs and chronic clubs
HIVSA, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of companies, is only too aware that many of the community-based organisations and NGOs, who are the main healthcare support structures in communities, are often without the necessary infrastructure and basic materials needed to provide ef ficacious services to their community.
Through the Johnson & Johnson Palliative Care and Community Health Project, HIVSA has committed to providing hygiene packs to support bed-ridden patients and training of community health workers. This initiative has resulted in capacity building and support to home-based caregivers, community mobilisation, care for bedridden people living with HIV and AIDS, referrals to ART for those who recover, and assistance to community health clinics with tracking and tracing of treatment defaulters.
This support has played a very important role in terms of strengthening palliative care rendered through Home-based Care (HBC) services in the region and has supported over 3,500 caregivers who provided care to more than 16,000 bedridden patients.
While there is a continued need to support palliative care, HIVSA's work within communities indicates that there is a growing need to address some of the related household issues related to this.
Community needs analysis indicate a need for a health-focused intervention to support community-based organisations that render services to vulnerable children in the household. It is on this basis that in the 2014 the project introduced the health screening and referrals of orphans and vulnerable children, improving health outcomes for vulnerable children and youth