Community-Based Response to HIV/AIDS (COMBAR-AIDS)
Country of Operation
SummaryCommunity-Based Response to HIV/AIDS (COMBAR-AIDS) is a project whose approach focuses on mobilizing and collaborating with various stakeholders to help HIV/AIDS communities increase their individual health care purchasing power.
COMBAR AIDS aims at empowering and strengthening the capacity of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS especially orphans, vulnerable children, youth and women by meeting their basic needs and helping them realize their rights by increasing sustained access to basic and life skills such as HIV/AIDS nutrition education.
Key program components
COMBAR-AIDS is a project whose approach focuses on mobilizing and collaborating with various stakeholders with an emphasis on:
preventing mother-to-child transmission
increasing voluntary counseling and testing utilization
providing home based care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
the provision of treatment literacy and support for anti-retroviral adherence
prevention of HIV/AIDS through abstinence and faithfulness
protection of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCY) and other vulnerable groups
the reduction of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination
the creation of savings and income generating schemes
COMBAR-AIDS trains volunteers on quality home-based care, financial support for access to ARVs and enrolls volunteers to carry out community-based activities which include among others; linking PLWHA to health centers and participating in social events with them and identifying OVCY and other vulnerable individuals in the community and offering counseling services to them. All of these efforts are geared towards providing care and support for the infected and affected persons of the HIV/AIDS community.
The project provides home-based care (HBC) through the distribution of HBC kits to increase service utilization and ARV adherence and also carries out training of PLWHA, their families as well as other community members in HBC skills. Some volunteers are trained as birth-attendants (TBAs), adequately equipping them to carry out midwifery activities and act as mentors to pregnant women in the community.
The project also works to foster an enabling environment for the sharing of experiences and mutual learning and interaction amongst infected and uninfected people in order to reduce stigma and discrimination, and promote widespread ownership of VCT and ARV access and adherence.