BHASO’s Community Outreach Delivers ARVs To More Than 3000 Clients

THE Batanai HIV and AIDS Service Organisation (BHASO),  a community based HIV and AIDS civil society organisation based in Masvingo has delivered Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to not less than 3000 clients at the back of its community outreach programs.

Staff Reporter

Through their official page, BHASO said the, “Community Outreach is one form of decentralizing health services by the government of Zimbabwe. It recognizes the importance of bringing services within reach of many, especially those in hard-to-reach areas. Through community outreach, more than 300 ART clients in and around Makugwe outreach site were served.
“Given that transportation is the most expensive service in rural Zimbabwe, the distance and cost involved to reach a health facility are inhibitive and discouraging for most clients. What it means without this support, most of them will default or face adherence issues. This is with debilitating effects on their wellbeing. For this, driven by the desire to serve lives, BHASO continues to support Community Outreach Visits for increased Access to health services and commodities.”
They added that the support was valuable in this COVID-19 era where travelling and gatherings remain restricted. Community Outreach services play an essential role in our health care system. They keep people well at home and in community settings close to home, without forfeiting their health needs.
“After the Chovelele visit, on the 25th BHASO proceeded to Makugwe, another outreach site that serves more than 300 clients. Driven and spurred by the benefits derived therein we supported MoHCC for the visit. People came in their numbers to receive health services and commodities. More than 350 people came for services and commodities.
“Services provided at the site include Community ART Refill Groups (CARGs) and Individual antiretroviral therapy (ART) resupply, Counselling, HIV Testing, TB Prevention treatment, viral load bleeding, family planning and Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid and Camera, or VIAC screening. On the same day, health education on COVID-19 and ART adherence was offered.”

Concurrently, as the services were being offered, an extension of hand was done to 25 vulnerable families to help them with food supplies. This is a critical gesture given that nutrition remains fundamental to the wellbeing of PLHIV. Among the beneficiaries are female and child-headed families.

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