FACT is running NEW Start and New Life Centres in Mutare, Chipinge and Chinhoyi. The New Start and New Life projects have been supported by Population Services International (PSI) from 2006 to date. Through mobile outreach programmes, 85% of the clients access the services. New Life Post-Test Support Services caters for People with HIV (PWHIV) at all stages of the infection and the affected.
|It therefore complements the already existing post-test services within the protocols and guidelines of Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. Chinhoyi HIV testing and counselling centre provides services in the five districts of Mashonaland West Province, namely; Kadoma, Hurungwe, Zvimba, Kariba, and Chinhoyi. The New Start and New Life Centres target the general population aged between 16 and 19 years.|
- 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 2013.
- To increase learning and information sharing amongst 500 young people and adults by engaging participatory methods of STAR and community dialogue by December 2013.
- To promote self reliance among 15 young people by integrating sustainable livelihood activities into their HIV and AIDS initiatives by December 2013.
- To reduce stigma and discrimination among young through community outreach support to individuals and households infected and affected by HIV and AIDS by December 2013.
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
The surge in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the increase in cases of cancer and other co-infections across the general population have raised the need for mainstreaming extended forms of care and support. The introduction of palliative care emerged as one of the responses taken by FACT to minimize pain and suffering. Focus is on improving the quality of life of clients facing life threatening illnesses like cancer, diabetes and HIV through the prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and through response to physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of both the client and the immediate family. The essence is to address the person holistically. Bereavement support is also a component of palliative care which aims at supporting surviving family members as an integral component of palliative care. Clients and service providers targeted by the program have come to appreciate the role played by PC in improving people’s lives. Key has been the transformed understanding that PC not only improves the quality of life of the sick clients but that of the whole family providing care. FACT continues to strengthen communities through service integration.
Supported by Tearfund UK since September 2011, FACT has been implementing the PC project which has the overall goal of improving the quality of life of patients with life threatening illnesses and their families. Three districts in Manicaland Province, namely Mutare Rural, Mutare Urban and Chimanimani continue to benefit from the PC interventions. The project targets patients with HIV, cancer and other non-communicable diseases and their families.To date, the project is enjoying the voluntary services of 90 palliative care givers,15 pastors and 45 nurses. 900 patients and their families received PC services, 900 orphans and vulnerable children are receiving psychosocial support, 122 clients have been assessed by the doctor and 50 patients with cancer have so far received strong relieving drugs such as morphine. The critical achievements of the project to date are:
- Improved two-way referral
- Improved pain management of patients with cancer through the support of the palliative care doctor.