Mansa Chapter Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS brings facilities to people and implements systems for tacking their health and HIV treatment.
From MANSA’s 2011 report:
Provision of HIV Counseling and Testing
The project was proposed to be implemented in nine remote rural areas of Mansa district and one urban area namely; Chembe, Muwanguni, Buntungwa, Senama, central clinic, Kabunda, Mantumbusa, Mabumba, Moloshi and Mansa General Hospital.
People who tested HIV positive had challenges in accessing the much needed services and treatment as they are not available in most of these rural health center in Mansa district.
People living with HIV/AIDS used to travel long distances to access clinic examination to see if they are eligible to start antiretroviral therapy and this takes up to three or more days for them to get the results.
These people are treated as out patients’ unless they are very sick that is when they are given accommodation and food. Most of these associated costs such as transport, accommodation and at times they have to buy medicine for treatment of opportunistic infections.
Most people living with HIV/AIDS miss clinical apartments due to costs associated to traveling these long distances.
The situation is even worse for poor pregnant who are already burdened with pregnancy and cannot manage to walk these long distances and afford to meet travel associated costs.
Preventing HIV infection, providing life prolonging treatment and relieving the impact of HIV and AIDS for children and their families and communities is possible.
Mansa NZP+ chapter since implemented a strategy which started with a systematic review of health records of 10 health facilities in the urban and remote rural health facilities to re-establish any lost contacts for baby-mother pairs with the health service.
We managed to conduct counseling and testing in all the ten health facilities this helped to reduce the waiting time on the part of clients as our volunteers supported the clinical staff in counseling and testing.
Thank you for supporting this valuable work. Your gifts to this project enable the people of the Mansa district to receive much needed care and support. In this way, you are helping to reduce mother to child transmission of AIDS.
The story of Cecilia, Beneficiary of Mansa
Finding out that you are infected with HIV is usually overwhelming. Everyone will react differently for Cecilia the reaction was shock and disbelief. After the initial shock, she went through a stage of denial.
"The stress from finding out you have HIV as well as from having to make big changes in your life can lead to physical problems such as headaches, upset stomach, irritability and difficulty concentrating like what I went through," narrates Cecilia.
"It was until I went back to my counselor who started to visit me at home I was because I did not know how to disclose to my family member and being a single mother how to bring up the child. The counselor was so wonderful as he had the experience on how PMTCT has worked for him and helped through until I was put on the ARVs the medication that can prolong my life and see my child grow."
Knowing more about HIV may help patients remember to take their medications.
When working with patients, Mansa asks if they have any questions and encourages them to ask questions when they are with other members of the clinical team as well.
This sort of community outreach and support is how the transmission of HIV is reduced. Education, support, and healthcare, a holisitc approach that works.
Your gifts have helped us to reduce the transmission of HIV. Twenty-five gifts so far have totaled $1,410! We thank you with great appreciation and want you to know how critical your donations are to improving the lives of thousands of women and children.
The work of Mansa Network of People Living with AIDS continues, and we hope your support lasts. Please help us raise the additional $48,590 needed to reach our total Funding Goal of $50,000.
Your gifts have helped us to reduce the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Twenty-one gifts so far have totaled $1,310! We thank you with great appreciation and want you to know how critical your donations are to improving the lives of thousands of women and children.
The work of Mansa Network of People Living with AIDS continues, and we hope your support lasts. Please help us raise the additional $48,690 needed to reach our total Funding Goal of $50,000.
Faced with the prospect of living with HIV/AIDS at a time when access to treatment was limited, six HIV-positive people started Mansa Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS as a support group in 2003. Today, Mansa consists of 35 support groups with 451 members. From Mansa’s leadership: “We are proud that we have seen many lives of people living with HIV/AIDS improved and a reduction in deaths caused by HIV/AIDS related illnesses. Due to the work of educating the community we have also seen a reduction in stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS.” This community education and support lay the foundation for reducing mother to child transmission. People get tested, they get treatment and proper care, and transmission decreases.
Your donations help this positive cycle continue. Please forward this information to your friends, relatives, or anyone you think may be interested in keeping mothers and infants in Zambia HIV-free. Thank you!
Thank you for helping us to reduce the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Fifteen gifts so far have totaled $1,100! Your support is deeply appreciated and critical to our mission.
The work of Mansa Network of People Living with AIDS continues, and we hope your support lasts. Please help us raise the additional $48,900 needed to reach our total Funding Goal of $50,000.
In October 2010, USAID reported that Zambia had one of the highest rates of pregnant women with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. About 15 percent of the population is HIV-positive; an estimated 80,000 women with the virus become pregnant every year. For these women, the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is significant. According to the World Health Organization, without treatment, up to 30 percent of babies born to HIV-positive women become infected during pregnancy and delivery, and an additional 5–20 percent may later become infected through breastfeeding.
You can continue to help our efforts by donating, or by forwarding this information to your friends, relatives, anyone you think may be interested in our goal to keep mothers and infants in Zambia HIV-free. Thank you!
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