1. POSITIVE PREVENTION2015
In an effort to mitigate new HIV infections and increase uptake of HIV services, LENEPWHA in partnership with Global Fund initiated a project aimed at mitigating loss to follow-up among Pre-ART PLHIV, improving retention in care and adherence to treatment as well as strengthening community referral systems to ensure access to PMTCT, VMMC, STI and HTC referral services. The targeted districts are Maseru, Mohale’s Hoek and Leribe which have been identified as districts with the highest disease burden.
The objective is to influence people living with HIV (PLHIV) to adopt safer behavioural practices that improve their quality of life and mitigate new HIV infections. This is achieved by using the GIPA (greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS) through the engagement of PLHIV peer educators who roll out peer education sessions using the Positive Prevention Manual through their support groups. The project targets 15,732 PLHIV per year from 2014 to 2016.
The project has made a difference in the many lives of people who have gone through these sessions. Many whose lives have been changed have become role models in their villages by encouraging people to know their status and to get access to HIV services. They also encourage people on ART to adhere to treatment as well.