WHY PALLIATIVE/HIVAIDS CARE
The effects of HIV/AIDS can not be under estimated. Years down after a lot of advocacy didn’t seem to bring desired behaviour changes towards prevention and control HIV/AIDS. With this background our approach shifted to care and support for the infected and the affected. Touching AIDS practically has born fruits. This focused on active involvement of the community who are crucial partners in winning the battle.
MAUA PRACTICAL APPROACH
- Starting at the top. Active engagement and involvement of top church leaders to solicit their support. They hold the key to opening avenues to reach the community members.
- Give Initiative time to grow. Work closely with the community which will lead to sustainability. Vertical approach of implementation results in poor support and failure of the initiative.
- Build the programme together. This encourages the community to feel that they are actively involved and valued. This results in not only moral but material support.
- Convince through Success. When community members see restored lifes of their brothers and sisters, stigma goes down and more come forward for testing.
PACKAGE OF SERVICES OFFERED
- Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Services
- Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services for pregnant mothers
- Follow up supportive counseling services
- Pain and Symptom control
- Home visits to the very sick
- STI treatment and management
- Orphan care support
- Guardians support groups
- Widows empowerment support through Micro finance loans
- People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) support groups
- Sex Commercial workers support groups
- Kitchen Garden initiative to address nutritional component of care
- Teens with HIV support groups
- Enrollment of patients into National Hospital Insurance Fund which caters for hospitalization bills.
- Over 970 patients on ART Treatment
- Over 1300 patients are receiving supportive care
- 800 patients enrolled into NHIF scheme a big financial relief in payment of hospital admission bills.
- We have four very active community satellite clinics where services are offered weekly
- Replication of community based palliative care concept to other areas-6 more communities are waiting facilitation to start services
- Formation of Active PLWHA Support groups important in psychological support and treatment adherence.
- Stigma and discrimination is reducing towards those infected and affected.
- Donors confidence and financial support of services
- Maua has become a center of excellence in palliative care services.
- Many institutions are coming to learn our model.
- Presentation of our model of care to national and international forums and meetings
- Successful community caring programmes work where communities are actively involved and engaged.
- Resources for caring and supporting sick community members exist in the community.
- Active mobilization is all that is required Integration of services is the way to success.
- HIV/AIDS treatment support programme requires a team of active and dedicated men and women.
We Have What It Takes To Turn The World Over With Care