|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 1,000,000|
|Timeframe:||March 30, 2010 - March 25, 2011|
|Zimbabwe - $ 1,000,000.00 (100.00%)|
|HIV (80 %)|
|Primary Health Care (20 %)|
This project focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of HIV-exposed and infected infants through the provision of comprehensive paediatric HIV care. This includes early testing and the integration of treatment with existing services and programs in infant health. To do so, project activities include: (a) training and mentoring health workers to identify and manage HIV-exposed and infected children; (b) the provision of key diagnostic tools and supplies to health facilities; (c) policy level dialogue to implement World Health Organization guidelines and standardized procedures nationally, and (d) training of community workers to provide HIV services and support to caregivers and children.
|Gender and age:||Under-5 children Newborns|
|Total Direct Population:||Unspecified|
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Results achieved as of the end of the project (July 2011) include: 88 sites now offering HIV testing for children (an increase from 32 sites); HIV exposed infants who received antiretroviral drugs increased from 32% to 78%; percentage of HIV exposed children zero to eighteen months of age tested increased from under 4% to 31%. These have contributed to increased early infant diagnosis services for HIV exposed boys and girls under the age of two in the districts of Hurungwe, Zvivagwe, Mwenezi and Gwanda in Zimbabwe.