Community Based Care
- April 28, 2017
Community Based Care Program is one of the projects where CHEC work on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. CHEC’s Community Based Care Project provide referrals for HIV testing for pregnant women, HIV negative spouses of partners with HIV and their children. The project focuses on identifying and assisting individuals who have not been tested for HIV and providing them with timely and properly treatment if they are found to be HIV positive. The project also focuses on increasing the support to vulnerable households with PLHIV from their community and local authorities. Through the project, it is desired to increase the income and support to PLHIV for their basic household needs.
The main goal for the CBC project:
- Within the next 3 years vulnerable households of people living with HIV/AIDS in 5 ODs will be healthy and have access to increased income through a stronger and more sustainable domestic response to HIV and AIDS through increased contribution by Commune Councils.
To attaining the main goal, the following objectives must be achieved:
- Vulnerable households of PLHIV have increased support from their community and local authorities in the target areas. The objective is that 60% of people living with and affected by HIV will received increased support from community sources such as parents or relatives.
- People living with and affected by HIV have increased income to support their basic household needs. The objective is that 60% of PLHIV will improve their income generation activities.
From July 2016 to June 2019 CHEC has carried out a lot of different interventions to support vulnerable households of PLHIV. Some of the activities CHEC has performed are: Conduct house counselling, referral to negative spouses to access to VCCT, held training for Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adults on reproductive health, nutrition and livelihood skills. Through these activities CHEC has increased support, health and income in vulnerable households living with HIV/AIDS. The project does make a significant change in increasing HIV and AIDS related knowledge as well as attitude, behaviour and practice to HIV/AIDS program in their community.
PLHIV are more likely to have lost their employment or source of income, and most of the times the loss of employment or income is due to the ill health. PLHIV often have caregivers, which are family members who had to leave paid jobs. PLHIV are often discriminated by neighbours, friends, spouse and family members. The discrimination is often related to that others fear of getting infected with HIV, which is associated with lack of knowledge about HIV transmission (UNAIDS, 2011). Children of HIV-affected household and OVC has a lower school rate and are more likely to miss out on education opportunities. These issues are just some of which CHEC is supporting and preventing with this project. It is an essential goal for CHEC is to create better income generation potential for PLHIV. CHEC is also affecting and contributes to the SDG’s goal No.3 “Health and well-being” by supporting the PLHIV to have access to ART and enhance their livelihood through community-based care in the target areas.