As the world continues the fight against COVID -19, the gains made in fighting HIV and AIDS must be maintained. Following the extension of the nationwide lockdown in Zimbabwe, HOPE Humana’s voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) centre resumed offering HIV counseling and testing to the Bindura community in May 2020
HOPE project leader Rebecca Njopera says providing HIV health services such as HIV prevention, testing and treatment remains a priority during the level 2 lockdown period in order to reach the 90-90-90 targets and end AIDS by 2030.
“As we resume the services, we continue to adhere to laid down precautionary measures of social distancing, and washing hands among others. The nurse and staff manning the testing centre have work together to ensure that both clients and the staff are safe.
New measures implemented to protect clients and staff:
- Both clients and staff are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic
- Both clients and staff wear face masks in the centre
- Water and Soap and hand sanitizer are provided for both staff and clients
- Staff advises clients on safe physical distancing.
Since opening the centre in December 2019 HOPE aims to reach the whole community and outlying villages with three thematic lines which are Health services, Outreach activities and Opinion forming. “Our support goes beyond just testing. Our focus is to ensure that those people who test positive are given information about health, nutrition, treatment” , support groups said Rebbeca