Integrated HIV/AIDS Delivery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (ProVIC)
The integrated HIV/AIDS project (ProVIC) aims to reduce the incidence and prevalence of HIV and mitigate its impact on people living with HIV (PLWH) and their families. Led by PATH, the consortium includes Chemonics International, Catholic Relief Services, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The project focuses on four zones: Kinshasa, Matadi, Lubumbashi, and Bukavu.
We are working toward three intermediate results in our targeted zones:
Expand and improve HIV counseling and testing (HCT) and prevention services. In line with the national strategy against HIV and AIDS, we recognize that community engagement is an important element in increasing the effectiveness of HCT and prevention services. The project will mobilize communities to set and meet prevention objectives according to their priorities. Recognizing that each of the four regions presents unique risk factors that contribute to the spread of HIV, we will adapt interventions accordingly and target populations most at risk in each zone. To increase use of testing services, we will bring HCT services closer to the community. We will coordinate with other projects and use behavior change communication messaging to encourage testing and other prevention strategies. Finally, we will enhance services offered by the AXxes Project, which works to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Improve care, support, and treatment for people living with HIV (PLWH) and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The project will involve PLWH, OVC, and their communities in every step of implementation. Activities will center on the community and will adopt the US government’s strategy of integrating palliative care in family-centered HIV services. The project will support the government’s national campaign against HIV/AIDS (Programme national de lutte contre le SIDA–PNLS) and the Ministry of Social Affairs in developing and disseminating services. We will improve clinical palliative care and provide a holistic package of care and support interventions for people living with HIV to improve not only health but also social and economic status. Interventions include promoting positive living strategies, improving nutrition, and providing assistance with legal rights and income-generating activities. Using the same holistic approach, the project will develop a comprehensive package of support for orphans and vulnerable children.
Support strengthening of health systems. The project will build the capacity of governmental and nongovernmental service providers to improve prevention, care, support, and treatment services. Placing a special emphasis on improving the flow and use of strategic information, the project will support strengthening central and provincial health systems so they can better coordinate, plan, manage, and monitor health services.
Because the project is fundamentally an integrated service delivery program, we will also address a number of cross-cutting issues, including food and nutrition, economic strengthening, education, and gender. We will increase efficiency over time by working with local partners who deliver critical HIV and AIDS services. We plan to build on the existing work of consortium members and partners in the DRC.
Trad Hatton, MA MHS
Chief of Party
Immeuble Cavale II, #10/13
Ave. Mutombo Katshi
Gombe, Kinshasa, DRC