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Reinforcement of Adherence & Retention of Patients in ART & Screening for TB

RARE-HIV-TB is a three-year, community-based project implemented by Pathfinder in the provinces of Gaza, Manica, and Sofala. It works to contribute to the reduction of tuberculosis incidence and reducing the TB mortality rate, as well as reducing new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths.

Project Date: 2018 - present
Funder: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (through the Center for Collaboration in Health)
Country: Mozambique

Retention in ART is a challenge, as 30% of people living with HIV initiated on ART are lost to follow up within 12 months, many for economic reasons

What We Do

  • Conduct home visits to increase ART retention and support newly-enrolled patients on ART
  • Identify risks of loss and support to defaulters and follow-up of patients
  • Disseminate information regarding existing support groups (Community Adherence Support Groups, Mothers to Mothers, Men to Men, etc.)
  • Empower community-based organizations to manage these groups within the community and improve linkages with health facilities
  • Promote male uptake of health care services through home visits
  • Promote patient empowerment through the improved dissemination of information regarding human rights, patient rights, and responsibilities and the humanization of health services
  • Conduct community dialogues to engage and educate the community, traditional leaders, and religious leaders about HIV literacy, TB, treatment, retention, adherence, access to health care, and issues of stigma, discrimination, and their solutions

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