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Prevention, diagnosis, and care of HIV/AIDS in the provinces of Maputo e di Sofala

Country: Mozambique

Locations: Mozambique: Maputo, Benfica, Beira.

Head Association: Community of Sant’Egidio

Partners: DREAM – Associação para o Direito aos Tratamentos Sanitarios e de Luta contra a SIDA

Donor(s): Ministero degli Affari Esteri – Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo

Description: The project emerges with the aims of improving the state of health of the poulation of Mozambique, by ways of reinforcing the prevention services, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS offered by DREAM Centers in Benfica, Maputo, and Beira. The projects hopes to secure diagnosis and monitoring of the virus in attempts to improve the life of those affected by the disease. One of the fundamental aspects is the treatment of pregenant women living with HIV/AIDS; who can recieve services for prevention and careduring pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and, in the case where the mother and/or child needs it, even for longer periods of time. In this manner we mange to not only prevent the vertical transmission of infection, but also create a mechanism for survice, which improves the life expectancy of both the infant and the entire family. The project foresees an improvement in the capacity of locals in the fight aginst HIV/AIDS by means of training courses for laboratory technicians, doctors, and paramedics.

Beneficiaries: The vulnerable population of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, with a special attention given to pregnant women and children, in the areas surrounding the DREAM centers of Benfica, Maputo, and Beira. The project plans to provide screening for HIV and therapeutic interventions for the different diagnoses to about 15,000 people, of which 3800 will receive antiretroviral treatment. Indirectly it will also benefit the families of people who are treated in the three centers. Therefore, it is estimated that the number of all potential beneficiaries of this project will be somewhere around 35,000 people (over three years): 12,100 in Benfica, 8,900 in Maputo, and 14,000 in Beira.

Project Start Date: 2011

Project End Date: 2014

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