Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI)

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Methodology:


Routinely outreach teams each composed of a counsellor and laboratory assistant based in each sub county are assisted by VHTs, local council officials, peers and village health teams or local council officials. The CT teams move systematically from door to door in respective villages/communities offering HIV/AIDS health education, HCT to consenting eligible household members found at home, referring identified HIV infected individuals and couples to health units and other support groups/organisations in their villages, parishes, sub counties and districts. Data for each individual client is collected by filling a HCT card/client profile. All field staff are supported by the project supervisors.

 

Program Activities:


  • Building the capacity of Resident Parish Mobilizers (RPMs) and Community PMTCT Officers (CPOs) through training workshops.
  • Carrying out community awareness using various channels; community drama, weekly radio shows, sporting events and film shows.
  • Carrying out home visits by RPMs to do counseling, referrals, client follow-ups, distribution of IEC materials and other family planning commodities.
  • Building partnerships with People Living with HIV/AIDS, Village Health Teams (VHTs), government departments, districts, hospitals, health units, and other service and media organizations.
  • Carrying out PMTCT advocacy among all leaders at national, district and community levels.
  • Production and distribution of appropriate Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials
  • HIV Counseling and Testing of couples in communities
  • Identification and referral for early infant diagnosis