Autonomous Treatment Center
Country of Operation
- Ndlovu Medical TrustNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe Autonomous Treatment Centre (ATC) is a model of service delivery for integrated HIV/ STI/ TB care in rural areas.
Key program components
ATC has eight program areas: - Pre-natal and Preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) care in the form of a maternity clinic
Nutritional support in the form of food gardens and education
Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) care in 3 pre-schools in the Moutse area (Limpopo)
Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services
HIV/AIDS awareness education to schools and traditional leaders
A medical facility that offers hospitalization services (16 beds) and a pharmacy
An on-site lab so HIV results can be speedily processed and delivered.
It is an effective rural healthcare model that delivers integrated care. It has decentralized treatment provision by being the only NGO in Mpumalanga and Limpopo that has brokered an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) to supply TB treatment on behalf of the public sector.
ATC uses the HIV pandemic as a capacity builder and employment tool. In 2005, NMT joined forces with AgriJobs, a local recruitment company and created a national advocacy forum to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on commercial agriculture, called AgriAids. It is the first initiative of its kind in South Africa that raises awareness of the impact of HIV/ AIDS on farm workers and commercial agriculture as a whole.