Lighthouse Clinic HIV Prevention Programme in the rural areas of Lilongwe update- 1st December 2011
HIV Counselling and Testing in Rural Areas-Lilongwe Malawi (2008-2012) incorporating a strong emphasis on Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission.
This programme, co-funded by The Rose Project and Irish Aid is in its fourth and final year .
- 331,000 people have been tested for HIV and counselled
- 15,000 people placed who tested positive placed on treatment
- 5,000 HIV positive expectant women placed on treatment
331,000 people have been tested for HIV in the rural healthcare clinics surrounding the capital city. In a country where the incidence of HIV is high- it is important for everyone to know their HIV status.
Lighthouse Clinic is responsible for 42% of all HIV Counselling and testing and encounters in the Lilongwe District over the last three years These are remarkable figures!
Once tested, people are advised on how to remain negative - those who test positive, where possible - are offered treatment at the clinic, failing this they are referred to another clinic where the treatment is available. Unfortunately HIV treatment is not available all the health clinics due to logistical difficulties such as staff shortages.
The Rose Project home page shows healthcare workers heading out from lighthouse clinic to the rural areas on motorbikes(funded by The Rose Project).