Community Engagement to eradicate HIV in Tete

Mozambique remains the country with the highest HIV seroprevalence rate in Southern Africa. According to Spectrum data in 2019 an estimated 2.2 million people are infected with HIV. By December 2020, at least 70% of people living with HIV knew their serostatus, 60% were on antiretroviral treatment and only 45% had achieved viral suppression. These data clearly show the challenge in meeting the 90 90 90 targets. 

Since November 2021 ICRH Mozambique is implementing a project to reinforce the adherence and retention of HIV positive patients to antiretroviral and tuberculosis treatments in 12 districts of Tete. In February we conducted a ‘train the trainers’ course in psychosocial support and community engagement, aiming to increase patients’ reintegration into treatment, and to reduce absences and dropouts of patients undergoing treatment for tuberculosis and HIV.

Until April 2022 we provide a full training package with multiple key community volunteers, such as activists, mentors, mothers, male champions and health providers, in order to establish the project and to start providing services to communities.

 

 

Training of health providers and community actors on HIV