This programme is conducted in the most rural and under-serviced areas of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape.
It focuses strongly on the uptake of HIV Counselling and Testing, TB screening, medical male circumcision and ante-natal care, the reduction of teen pregnancies, providing care and support to families affected by HIV and TB, non-communicable diseases and increasing individuals’ adherence to ARV and/or TB treatment.
The project was implemented in the local municipalities of Newcastle, eMandlangeni (Utrecht) and Dannhauser in the Amajuba District, KwaZulu-Natal.
The programme focuses on providing vital information on caring for the chronically ill in a manner which addresses the needs of the ill, but also of those who are responsible for their care.
It is also well documented that providing communities with the proper information in an accessible and communicative manner, disarms their irrational fears and consequently negates the stigma and prejudice which stems from such fears.
Hence, communities are more open to accepting persons affected by chronic illnesses such as HIV and AID and TB, and those who care for them. So many of our young people, especially young women, are already carers of someone in their home.
Many households are headed by young females buckling under the burden of care, having both to run a household and care for a chronically ill person – to the extent that they feel despair, adding to their sense of hopelessness and helplessness.
This intervention, and the informative and accessible end-user materials which underpin it, therefore represents a vital lifeline to such individuals.
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