Community cluster

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES

Home based Counselling and Testing Programme

Funding Cycle: October 2013 to March 2016

Geographical location: EThekwini district and Buffalo City Municipality (BCM), Eastern Cape Province and UMsunduzi district in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Project Description

This project utilizes household and community approach encompassing “door to door” drives to conduct home screening and testing to increase reach. Community-wide interventions can add substantially to facility-based services and have the potential to fundamentally alter the epidemiology of transmissible diseases starting within the household.

Programme achievements

During this financial year,14779 Index Client consented to be trailed to their household; this led to counselling and testing 66766 people in the household. The test acceptance rate is 89 % (59457 of 66766 ) and HIV sero-positivity rate was 15,5 %. A total of 8642 individuals who tested positive for the 1st time as well as repeat testers that tested positive were referred and successfully linked to care and treatment at health facilities. 8642 individuals who tested positive for HIV were all screened for TB and 1909 had symptoms suggestive of TB and subsequently 1909 of them were referred and successfully linked to care and treatment at a health facility. 15.5 % of people testing positive for HIV were also screened for STI (9219 of 59457 ),