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Engaging People Living with HIV as Lay Counsellors in HIV Care and Treatment Services

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The effective delivery of HIV and AIDS services in Tanzania is challenged by a number of common constraints, including staffing shortages, limited rural coverage, service bottlenecks, stigma, scarcity of home-based care, and weak referral systems. In particular, PMTCT programs have encountered difficulties regarding the follow-up of HIV-positive mothers and their children after delivery. Health facilities lose opportunities to offer critical care and support services, as well as to provide lifesaving medications to the parents, the children, and the family as a whole. Provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling supported by the use of lay counselors provides an opportunity to address this gap; it facilitates diagnosis and access to HIV-related services. This report provides suggestions for facilitating lay counselor involvement in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs.

Publisher: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Language: English
Format: PDF
Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Tanzania (United Republic of)
Audiences: Counselors, Policymakers, Program Managers
Topic Areas: Psychosocial Support, Orphans & Affected Families, Home-Based Care
Resource Type: Program Best Practices