WORKING IN THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY WE INCREASE HIV AWARENESS & IDENTIFY PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN HIV+ CHILDREN
WHY IS HIV TESTING IN THE COMMUNITY NEEDED?
Many of the communities (compounds) around Lusaka have limited health resources, or the health centres that do exist are overwhelmed by the ever expanding population. In order to support HIV awareness and testing in these communities, TTF runs community outreaches. By working with partners and directly within the community TTF is able to find HIV+ individuals who would have previously been unidentified. We then either enroll them into the TTF Clinic or refer them on to another health facility. During a standard community outreach TTF social work team and volunteer counsellors would test on average 150 - 200 people.
IN 2014 TTF UNDERTOOK 26 OUTREACHES, TESTING 8,271 INDIVIDUALS -
IDENTIFYING 324 HIV+ CHILDREN & ADULTS WHO WE SUPPORT IN ACCESSING HEALTHCARE AND LEADING HEALTHIER LIVES
HOW DO WE WORK IN THE COMMUNITY?
TTF WOMEN’S GROUPS
We work with local female volunteers to help identify children and pregnant women in the heart of the community who would have previously been unknown to Tiny Tim and Friends. Our women’s groups provide a vital link between our clinical and social teams and those needing treatment in hard to reach areas. TTF are currently working with 20 female volunteers who have been trained by our social work team to:
Where possible we work with HIV+ women, who live positively in the community . They build the vital linkages with the communities in which we operate to ensure our outreaches are successful.
DIRECT & DOOR TO DOOR OUTREACH
Tiny Tim and Friends can set up an outreach clinic in the heart of the community in less than two hours. This allows us to reach children, adolescents and adults, to sensitise them on HIV and offer Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services. To ensure our outreaches are successful we:
When an individual is found to be HIV+ they are either: