Quarterly Update: Global Fund NFM Project
The Global Fund NFM II project is a project focused on scaling up quality HIV care through community engagement. Additionally, the project looks at reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths through the delivery of comprehensive care packages and innovative activities to the communities. Over the past quarter, Pro-Link has been able to implement the program in two (2) regions and four (4) districts of Ghana: Sunyani Municipal and Sunyani West, Jaman North (Brong Ahafo Region), New Juaben Municipal and Birim Central (Eastern Region).
The Global Fund NFM team, consisting of 1 project lead, 2 project officers, 2 field supervisors, 49 peer educators and 8 case managers and health workers, are committed to accomplishing the following:
- Increase key populations (“KPs”) (FSW, MSM & PLHIV) access to comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services across the continuum of care.
- Increase and sustain the demand for comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment services
- Strengthen linkages to and retention in care for HIV positive KPs
- Support systems for planning, monitoring, evaluating, and ensuring the quality of programs
- Implement targeted activities to improve KP knowledge on rights, promote gender-based violence and stigma & discrimination reduction.
|3022 people were tested for HIV as a result of increased community engagement by the Global Fund team.||183 FSW enrolled for HIV treatment and continue to receive quality HIV care and education.||3422 FSW (Female Sex Workers) reached and engaged in dialogue around human rights barriers|
Scaling up Quality HIV Care Cascade through Community Engagement and Addressing Human Rights Barriers
OBSTACLES & SOLUTIONS
While initially there was a commodity shortage of condoms and lubricant, currently the WAPCAS, the Principal Recipient, has been able to fulfill the supply-demand for condoms and lubricants.
Global Fund NFM has intentions of training community advocates and addressing humans rights barriers and peer counseling in addition to engaging in community dialogue and clinical care outreaches.