The ViiVHealth care UK project lasted for 2 years. It was launched in January 2015 and concluded on December 2016. In line with CFID’s aim and objective, we intended to reach out to a target group in Sardauna LGA, Taraba state and impact positively in their lives.
The aim of this project was to first identify cases of loss of follow up on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and address the causes of the loss of follow up in Sardauna local government area of Taraba state.
To achieve the goal of the project, we carried out testing and counseling, gave out care and support to HIV positive patients, monitoring and tracking of pregnant women who left antiviral therapy (ART). We also trained persons on HIV counseling and testing.
In 2 years, we were able to test 1871 persons for HIV. Out of these 1871 persons, 1531 were women and the rest men. They were all properly counseled about ways to prevent the infection and how to access health care services if they tested positive. We had 12 women and 8 men test positive to the virus and referred for further ART services.
We also had a total of 21 pregnant women referred to PMTCT. 11 of these women were tracked and returned to PMTCT/ART service. We also had interactive sections centering on HIV with pregnant women, women of childbearing age and traditional birth attendants. We also organized focus group discussions with the women in the Local government.
CFID staffs having an interactive session with pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and traditional birth attendants in a target community in Sardauna LGA.
In the target communities, we organized community dialogues with pregnant women and their husbands. We also gave them one on one counseling
Community dialogue with pregnant women and their husbands.
The community leaders were not left out during the project. We had interactions with the council of elders about the need to have an HIV free community and gave them practical measures to take as leaders to prevent the spread of HIV.
By the end of the project, we were able to reach out to 515 persons using minimum prevention package intervention.
We had interactions with the state HIV/AIDS state officials. The highlight of the meeting was putting measures in place to provide adequate care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The ViiVHealth care UK project achieved outstanding results. Our success rate was more than we expected. Lives were touched and we were able to leave the target communities in Sardauna LGA more enlightened about HIV. We identified lost follow up PMTCT cases and took the necessary steps for the women to go back to getting antenatal care services.