Strengthening Routine HIV Counselling and Testing (Archived)
This project was designed to improve the quality and uptake of HIV Counselling and Testing (C&T) services by strengthening the capacity of health care providers to implement a routine offer of C&T services. During this reporting period, the focus was on HIV C&T services integration with primary health services.
The objectives of this project include:
- To enhance the counselling and testing competence in a day to day practice through improved skills.
- To increase the number of health care providers trained in all aspects of routine offer counselling and testing (PICT).
- To build-on strategies that will increase TB screening in newly diagnosed HIV Positive clients.
- To assist facilities to strengthen referral and linkage for further HIV/AIDS support and care.
- To improve compliance to expected quality standard.
- To enhance strategies to improve integration of PHC key services to C&T.
- Building capacity of local health facilities in the design, implemention and evaluation of Counseling & Testing (C&T) services.
- On-the-job learning through supervision, support and mentoring.
- Strengthening facilitative supervision.
- Establishing C&T collaboration at district and facility level.
- Training of health staff on Routine Counseling & Testing / Provider Initiated Counseling & Testing (RCT/PICT).
- Improve C&T reporting and recording systems.
- Linkages with CCMT sites.
- Monitoring performance on key indicators.
- Meeting monthly/quarterly at the district to review performance on key indicators.
- Dissemination of findings and results on a quarterly basis to districts and province.
- Annual performance audits to asses compliance with national C&T standards.
- Rapid expansion of services.
- Increase counselling and materials for both providers and clients/patients.
This project has shown that the integration of HIV-counselling and testing with other PHC services (at supported sites) has improved significantly.