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The World Health Organization’s goal is to end HIV by 2030.
CCP’s mission is to help get there, working in Africa to prevent transmission, encourage testing and support those living with HIV to start and stay on life-saving treatment.
How do we do this? By using communication to reduce HIV-related stigma, to link people with health care and to find new cases by connecting people with mobile testing, self-testing and index testing, a practice that encourages the testing of partners and family members of an infected person.
And while it is key for people to know their status, it’s not our only focus. Our mobilizers connect one-on-one with men and boys to generate demand for voluntary medical male circumcision, a proven approach for reducing HIV transmission. Adolescent girls meet in small groups to learn about how to reduce their risks. Case managers make home visits and have helped tens of thousands of orphans and other vulnerable children who have HIV or who live with someone who does to get the care and support they need.
All of these approaches are bringing us ever closer to ending HIV by 2030.
Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) has the HIV highest prevalence in the world, with more than one in four people in the country living with the virus. CCP needed new ways of reaching people with testing, treatment and messages about how to reduce the spread.
CCP trained more than 6,000 community leaders, including chiefs and their wives, on how to help protect adolescent girls and young women from the virus. After being trained, some chiefs have taken a stand against child marriage – an HIV risk factor – and require birth certificates be shown before allowing a marriage and fining men in the community who disobey.
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