Rozaria Memorial Trust in partnership with SAfAIDS has been carrying out project entitled “Rolling out of the Children’s Treatment Literacy” Toolkit in Murewa District. The Rolling out of Children ART Literacy Toolkit project reached out to about 5000 people in Ward 8 and 17 in Murewa District. Children contribute significantly to the percentage of people living with HIV. Statistics from Murewa District AIDS Coordinating Committee indicates that 30% of people going through Voluntary Counseling Testing in the local hospital and clinics are being diagnosed HIV positive. According to Ministry of Health, Murewa District has HIV prevalence of 20% against a national rate of 13,3%.
To accomplish project objectives, Rozaria Memorial Trust carried a number of activities that included:-
- Training of Community Based Volunteers (CBVs) on Children’s ART Literacy Toolkit
- Community training for children on Paedriatic ART.
- One day capacity building workshop for service providers on ART.
- CBVs door to door sensitization on Children ART Treatment Literacy have been
The range of services provided have been vital in enhancing the capacity of families and communities to respond to the children ART needs, and in the process helping in creating a self aware community on children Anti-retroviral Treatment. Also, engagement of various stakeholders at community level has seen a positive shift towards an appreciation that HIV is a challenge which needs people to work together to enhance a sustainable Universal Access drive on ART.
The project has been vital in the facilitation of partnership with local, national and international stakeholders. This has led to a wider referral network to serve the needs of Children Living with HIV. To reach a wider network of partners and other people, RMT has been using the online communication systems. The organization has a running website http://www.rozaria-trust.org and also actively uses the facebook and twitter in sharing and disseminating of the progress on the rolling out of the Children ART Literacy toolkit project in Murewa.
For sustainability of the project, Rozaria Memorial Trust is integrating the good practices of the project in its HIV care and support programme, and efforts are being made to fundraise so that the project reaches directly to at least 200 HIV positive kids in the coming year as shown by the extract of the Community Voices below.