Community Facility Linkages and Referral Intervention in Kasese, Uganda

Project period 04/2017-03/2018; Funded by US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

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 (OVC) households.

 

Activities included:                                               

  • 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:

  • 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 the health facility 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.

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