Swaziland Lubombo HIV Care & Treatment for June-July
By Daran Rehmeyer - Director
Counsellor drawing a blood sample for HIV testing
CHIPS (Community HIV Intervention Programme in Swaziland) continues to provide HIV care and treatment in the Lubombo Region. The following patient services were provided over the past two months:
218 tested for HIV
90 existing patients received ARV refills
98 HIV+ patients received prophylactic CtX (Bactrim)
85 screened for TB
51 monitoring CD4 counts to determine eligibility for or effectiveness of ARV treatment
45 baseline CD4 counts for new patients testing HIV+
181 ARV adherence counseling sessions
One of our HIV+ patients, a woman in her late 20's from Section 19, was very sick last week. The local Rural Health Motivator living in the community passed the information to the CHIPS staff. With the transport we are able to provide as part of the CHIPS program, she was taken to Good Shepherd Hospital where she was admitted and treated for pneumonia. She is currently recovering in the hospital.
Transport to health care facilities is only one of the services CHIPS provides in the local communities. But without the transport assistance most people who need medical attention for urgent or chronic conditions (like HIV) will never receive it.