This project distribute Antiretroviral (ARVs) medication to 1400 people living with HIV in Zimbabwe who resides in hard to reach areas using peer led based community drug distribution model, People living with HIV in these areas travel long distances, as far as 60km or even walking up to four days to collect their Antiretroviral from the closest clinics
In Mwenezi, a rural district situated in Masvingo province, in the south-eastern part of Zimbabwe, people travel long distances as far as 60 kilometres to collect their life saving anti-retroviral treatment from the nearest clinics. In extreme cases, patients collected their treatment from neighbouring districts and were forced to walk for two days to reach their destination to collect medication. This is mainly because health facilities are very scarce in Mwenezi, Zimbabwe
The project propose a peer led community based drug distribution model that acknowledges specific access barriers, and allow PLHIV ito collect their ART and other associated medicines from community distribution points known as outreach points. The community health workers are trained to connect patients in rural areas with the care they need and, help those living with HIV to get medical treatment. They are trained to distribute ARVs to registered people living with HIV in their communities.
The project ensures that drugs are administered to 1400 people living with HIV in hard to reach remote areas. The project uses outreach programs to check in with patients and to ensure that they are adhering to their treatment regimen. The project provide treatment and combat stigma for hundreds of people, many of whom live in poverty. Increase access to ART refill overcoming economic/ geographical/ security related challenges experienced by hard to reach rural communities