18th February 2010 News from The Rose Project: 147,000 people tested for HIV between Sept. 2008 and Jan. 201018th February, 2010
The Rose Project in partnership with Irish Aid is funding a three year HIV Counselling and Testing programme in the rural healthcare centres of Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
The programme is being implemented by Lighthouse, an AIDS centre built by The Rose Project in 2006 and funded since then.
For many of these people, this is the first ever healthcare visit.
The individuals who are HIV negative, receive counselling and education about remaining negative.
Those who test HIV positive, receive counselling and are treated on site, or referred to a centre for treatment.
5887 tested positive and are receiving treatment
1628 expectant women have tested positive and are now receiving treatment to prevent HIV transmission to their babies.
575 were referred for TB treatment.