The Door to Door HIV Counselling and Testing (Community Health Agent Program)
Shine in collaboration with the doctors without borders have seen the numbers of the infections escalating within the region of Uthungulu District Municipality and the Program of the community Health Agents commonly known as the CHAP’s has been doing miraculously to the community The community Health Agents Program is the program has proved to be a positive turning point to the struggle against HIV new incidences. the CHAP’s are serving the community from ward 1 to ward 14 above 50 percent of the wards of Umlalazi Municipality which is holistically having 26 wards.
The dedicated Community Health Agents provide the services of the door to door HIV counselling and Testing which is done at the comfort of the sofas or the comfort of the households, these CHAP’s provide also the T.B screening and referrals should need arise .The Community Health Agents work through rain through sunshine to ensure that the services or testing facilities are brought to the recipient at any given time.
The Program of the Community Health Agents is beneficiary to the community or the recipient of this most valuable service because of the following reasons.
- Access to health care facilities at the most comfortable position
- Cost saving (recipients)
- Security against stigma and discrimination
In the interest of creating jobs and expanding the capacity of the community the organization through this program alone has managed to create the job opportunities for at lest 85 community based members, who are on a daily bases ensure that the services are brought to the grass-root level of the community of Umlalazi local municipality.