HIV Testing Services (HTS) and ART Initiation
With support from Population Services International (PSI-Zimbabwe) being funded by USAID, FACT has managed to offer key HIV testing and Treatment services and related Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), including Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART), Pre Exposure Prophylaxis services on site and outreach in the district of Chipinge and Mutare. HTS services remain the foundation of prevention of HIV. The ultimate goal of this program is to contribute to the reduction of new HIV incidences and infection in Chipinge, Chimanimani and Mutare districts through access to high standard clinical and HIV support services. The key objectives of the program are to offer clients with HTS, Cervical Cancer Screening services and Family Planning (FP) methods to all women of child bearing age and provide effective psycho-social support, medical support and referral linkage to all reported survivors of sexual and gender based violence.
The year 2016 saw clients accessing Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) free of charge at the New Start Mutare Center lessening the burden in management of cervical cancer, a service which they used to pay $135 to access.
FACT engages in multiple youth interventions through different models and strategies. Over the period FACT has supported youth interventions through funds from Stop AIDS Now! SAN, Tearfund and GIZ.
- To improve the knowledge and life skills of 500 young people involved in HIV & AIDS prevention and care activities through sexual and reproductive health education by December 2020.
- To increase learning and information sharing amongst 500 young people and adults by engaging participatory methods of STAR and community dialogue by December 200.
- To promote self reliance among 15 young people by integrating sustainable livelihood activities into their HIV and AIDS initiatives by December 2020.
- To reduce stigma and discrimination among young through community outreach support to individuals and households infected and affected by HIV and AIDS by December 2020.
Having implemented Young People We Care activities, the following are the expected outcomes:
- Improved knowledge, attitudes and behavior about HIV & AIDS issues among young people.
- Increased access by young people to core interventions for HIV care and prevention services
- Improved economic self reliance amongst youths
- Improved decision making skills and assertiveness amongst young people
- More understanding by youths on adolescent sexual reproductive health rights