Africare commits to increasing the quality of life for HIV/AIDS affected households by increasing their access to home-based care services and water and sanitation. The project will be implemented as part of the on-going PEPFAR-funded Injongo Yethu (a comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment care and support project) and Community-based orphan care, Protection and Empowerment Project. Interventions will promote hygiene and sanitation and provide increased access to safe water to affected households. The project will train home care providers in hygiene including safe disposal of human waste and protective materials. Finally, the project will explore the construction of improved ventilated pit latrines for affected households.
AIDS makes people susceptible to opportunistic infections, such as diarrhea, skin diseases, and tuberculosis. Most of these are related to poor water supply, sanitation and hygiene. The risk of getting malaria is also greater, and is worsened by poor drainage which creates extra mosquito breeding grounds in and around communities.
Africare has been implementing the Injongo Yethu and COPE projects, providing comprehensive care and support services to HIV/AIDS-infected and affected people, including children. Services include treatment and home-based care, education, nutritional support, income generation and psychosocial support. Africare will incorporate into the program more robust water supplies, water treatment and sanitation systems requiring less (and less complex) maintenance and repairs, and more attention to home systems, including home treatment of drinking water. This will ensure that communities and households are less dependent on outside support in the future. Where households have no safe water or where the supply is intermittent and breakdowns are long, Africare will promote solar disinfection, or SODIS, which allows household to harness UV rays' disinfecting power with minimal equipment. Hygiene education will be integrated in the training given to home-care volunteers and their trainers in order to ensure safe water handling practices.
July 17, 2008
Implementation Period: October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007
In the Dodoma District of Tanzania, the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funds and Africare's Community-based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment (COPE) reached out to 35,400 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and caregivers about health promotion and diseases prevention. In Manica Province of Mozambique, 3,642 households benefited from 5,991 bottles of certezas, a water purifying liquid. In Ntungamo District of Uganda, COPE carried out behavioral change communication sensitizations on hygiene and sanitation in schools. A total of 6,056 OVC received skin jelly and soap. 1,080 OVC Caregivers were trained in hygiene and sanitation.