March 30th 2011
Currently The Rose Project in partnership with Irish Aid, is funding a three year HIV counselling and testing programme in Lilongwe . This programme is aimed at bringing counselling and testing to thirty four rural health centres surrounding Lilongwe city. The programme also has a strong focus on prevention of mother to child HIV transmission in pregnancy.
Results recently received from the programme are very promising.
Between September 2008 and Feb 2011:
· 11,605 patients have been referred for anti-retroviral treatment having tested positive at the health centre
· Of whom 2,941 are pregnant women
· 312,390 people have been tested in total
Part of the programme ensures that those who test negative receive education on life styles- highlighting the importance of remaining negative.
This programme is being implemented by our partners at Lighthouse clinic, a clinic funded by The Rose Project in 2006
Lighthouse clinic is a HIV and AIDS outpatient facility which provides healthcare to some of the most economically and socially impoverished people living in the capital city and its surroundings.