HIV Testing Services (HTS) and ART Initiation
With support from Population Services International (PSI-Zimbabwe) being funded by USAID, FACT has managed to offer key HIV testing and Treatment services and related Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), including Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART), Pre Exposure Prophylaxis services on site and outreach in the district of Chipinge and Mutare. HTS services remain the foundation of prevention of HIV. The ultimate goal of this program is to contribute to the reduction of new HIV incidences and infection in Chipinge, Chimanimani and Mutare districts through access to high standard clinical and HIV support services. The key objectives of the program are to offer clients with HTS, Cervical Cancer Screening services and Family Planning (FP) methods to all women of child bearing age and provide effective psycho-social support, medical support and referral linkage to all reported survivors of sexual and gender based violence.
The year 2016 saw clients accessing Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) free of charge at the New Start Mutare Center lessening the burden in management of cervical cancer, a service which they used to pay $135 to access.
To attain the general goal of both the department and the organization, the following units are providing support to Health and HIV directly to the various communities where FACT works;
• HIV Testing and Counselling services (New Start)
• ART Program
• Youth Interventions
• Church Communities Programs
• HIV Care and Support to OVC and PLWHIV
• Mobile Populations Road-Wellness Clinic.
• Women’s Rights Interventions. Strategic Goal
Strengthen the capacity of communities to respond and cope with HIV, infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), gender-based violence (GBV) and other health-related services through delivery of integrated services.