REACH improves access to quality paediatric HIV prevention, treatment and care services, by recruiting and training young people with HIV to work as community health workers (CHW). The young CHWs are left feeling empowered and valued, allowing them to effectively engage with young people around them
It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1086159)
HIV is the number one cause of death for adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 3.2 million children with HIV globally, 2.9 million live in Sub-Saharan Africa and less than 23% have access to antiretroviral treatment (ART). In addition, overburdened health teams are unable to provide the psychological support, youth friendly services and integrated care needed by young people with HIV. Children and adolescents with HIV have limited engagement in a pathway of care.
Clinic staff reported the most significant barrier to providing quality healthcare was the chronic shortage of trained healthcare staff. The solution identified is to recruit, train and employ young people with HIV to work as Peer Supporters in identified clinics. The Peer Supporters will educate children and young people about the need for testing, treatment adherence, nutrition and disclosure. They will assist with routine tasks to free up doctors for more technical aspects of treatment.
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