Improving Access and Uptake of Routine Confidential Counseling and Testing
Through this project, IntraHealth trained and worked with lay counselors to test over 91,000 Zambians for HIV, approximately 8% of whom tested positive and were referred for treatment. These lay counselors are local community members whom IntraHealth trained in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners to:
Offer confidential HIV counseling and testing services in five rural districts (Namwala, Luangwa, Siavonga, Gwembe, and Kalomo)
Refer people who test positive to treatment services
Organize and lead support groups for people affected by HIV
Promote dialogue about HIV within communities and discourage stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.
This work was supported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.