Community-Based HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care, and Support (COPHIA)
Country of Operation
- Pathfinder InternationalNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe Community-Based HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care, and Support (COPHIA) project aims to prevent the spread of HIV by providing care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS-including their families, orphans, and vulnerable children. The word COPHIA is Swahili for “hat” or slang for “condom”.
• strengthen the ability of communities to identify needs and to develop and implement activities focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support for OVC and persons living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA); and • build the capacity of local organizations to manage and implement HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support services."
Key program components
COPHIA Activities included home-based care and community support activities. The focus was on renovation of health facilities in project areas that served the same people living with HIV and AIDS who benefited from seven years of COPHIA support for home-based care and community support activities. The health facilities, located primarily in Nairobi and Mombasa, provided large, poor, urban populations with much-needed preventive and curative services. Other facilities in rural areas were selected based upon infrastructural needs, population served, and linkages to community based programs and services. The Major objectives of the program included: * Training local leaders to promote community care of people infected with HIV and lead the effort to reduce stigma associated with the virus. Community mobilization also promoted prevention of the spread of HIV. * Supporting family and community members, as well as community health workers and their supervisors, to provide care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS in their homes. * Training community groups to identify and support children affected by HIV and AIDS, provide counseling, educational and vocational training, (e.g. school fees and uniforms), health care, and paralegal support. * Building community-based support systems for individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS through training in business skills, micro-credit activities, and community and child counseling; establishing local paralegal services that address inheritance issues and other legal matters that frequently inhibit families affected by HIV and AIDS; and facilitating small agricultural and food security initiatives.
While COPHIA’s home and community support activities have ended, the project continues to support health facility renovations in Nairobi, Coast, and Western Provinces.