Since 2010 Humana People to People in South Africa (HPPSA) has worked with Discovery Fund to bring information about Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission to pregnant women and mobilize them to enrol in the government's PMTCT services. All pregnant women are mobilised and encouraged to go for antenatal care services during the early stages of pregnancy at local clinics and hospitals.The program further refers the women reached to take an HIV test as part of their antenatal care visits. Those who test HIV positive are immediately enrolled in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program and HPPSA field officers work tirelessly to give them the needed support to follow the program.
The program first implemented by TCE iLembe then continued by TCE eThekwini has strengthened and improved the linkages between the clinics and the pregnant women and encouraged the uptake of PMTCT services.
From January 2013, 200 TCE Field Officers in eThekwini worked to reach 400 000 people through HIV testing, TB screening and reaching to pregnant women with mobilization and education. The program was implemented in Inanda, Umbumbulu and Umlazi. In order to have qualified Field Officers and Project Leaders to offer PMTCT services, both Field Officers and the Project Leaders received initial training on PMTCT facilitated by the Department of Health.
Field Officers have identified pregnant women during their daily house to house mobilization and had by September this year identified 580 pregnant women, tested them for HIV, mobilised and referred them to local clinics in order for them to access Antenatal Care and PMTCT services. TCE worked together with health facilities in and around the areas of operation.
A pregnant woman receives more than 3 visits from a Field Officer as the Field Officer conducts follow-up visits to confirm steps to be taken by the woman until the child is born and tested for HIV and also informs the whole family so that they can support.
TCE holds actions for strengthening and extending the partnership with health facilities and CBOs (Community Based Organisations) by organizing different awareness actions and campaigns. Pregnant women and people at high risk have been reached with HIV, STI's and other health information targeting mainly taxi ranks and hostels, and some are enrolled in the TCE program as Passionates to support TCE in its efforts.