GAIA currently funds HIV testing of all pregnant women seen for prenatal care at the Community clinic in Sikoro: our longstanding “Chez Rosalie, Mother to Child Transmission Prevention Program”. This month we have some exciting news!
Thanks to your support, we are expanding our successful program to a second community clinic located in the neighborhood of Banconi (next to Sikoro).
Here’s the thing about the Community clinic of Banconi (ASACOBA): Although classified as a community clinic it’s actually a very spacious and well-designed center that serves a large population. Banconi is, in fact, the most populous neighborhood in the city. In terms of treatment, ASACOBA serves almost as many patients as the local reference hospital. However, this also means that they routinely run out of HIV testing supplies for their prenatal care program. Over a 6-month period, they may only have enough testing supplies for 3 months, which means hundreds of pregnant women each month might miss an opportunity to get tested.
So, what’s exciting about GAIA’s new partnership?
- GAIA can increase our reach and visibility for our oldest and most successful prevention programs.
- We can support HIV testing for pregnant women among a large population and help the clinic reach 100%
- We can brainstorm with clinic staff to increase patient follow-up and adherence to treatment programs.
- We can share our experiences in Sikoro, where, over the years, our HIV patient base has coalesced into an association (Hope Association of Sikoro) for the promotion of anti-stigmatization activities.
With your help, we can ensure that ASACOBA midwives never run out of testing supplies and they can keep their testing rates at 100% of pregnant women, and all babies can be born HIV free!