IMPROVING RETENTION OF PLHIV ON ART BY USING COMMUNITY ART ADHERENCE GROUP IN ITILIMA DISTRICT

 
 

Author: Faustine Kilicha Kichah1

Co – author: Sarah Matemu2

1District AIDS Control Coordinator, Itilima District Council
2Clinical Service Manager, AGPAHI

Background

Inadequate retention of PLHIV into HIV and AIDS care and treatment program has been commonly reported by district councils from Simiyu Region. Retention mechanism is a big challenge to most of councils including Itilima District Council. For the period of January – March 2015 the retention of PLHIV was reported to be 62% with contributing gaps being few Care and Treatment Centre (CTC) sites, distance to CTC, late opening working hours, lack of money to travel for care and treatment services, inadequate ART adherence counseling by service providers, etc. Itilima District Council recognizes the importance of Community ART adherence group at Chinamili Dispensary (Pilot) as retention approach to halt consequences of an increasing number of Lost To Follow Up (LTFU) clients that is threatening the Care and Treatment program and eventually the lives of PLHIV. 

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