PROGRAM NAME

Bi-directional Community-Facility, clinical Linkages and Referral service delivery.

Funded By

Baylor College of Medicine and Children’s Foundation

(CDC funded project)

STATUS

Completed

TIMEFRAME

2017-2018

POPULATION

40,000 people

CHALLENGE & OBJECTIVE

The objectives of this intervention were to strengthen the linkage and referral process for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS and to ensure equitable access and service delivery to those orphan and vulnerable children households

ACTIONS TAKEN BY RCRA

  • Working alongside linkages and referral assistants to identify previously undetected HIV-positive individuals through contact tracing and highly targeted community-based testing
  • Linking those who do test positive to care services such as ART
  • Carrying out home visits or phone calls to those individuals who missed their appointments

RESULTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 669 HIV positive/TB clients who missed medical appointments were identified and each case was followed up with a phone call or home visit and returned to care
  • 2717 referrals from the community to health facilities were made. Of these, 2412 clients received a service, making effective referral completion 89%
  • 35 individuals who were newly identified as being HIV positive were successfully linked and enrolled in care
  • 293 pregnant mothers were mapped, referred and linked to appropriate services such as antenatal care (ANC) or elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT)
  • 44 Community Client Led ART distribution groups were formed from the 218 HIV positive clients identified as eligible