iLembe District HIV/AIDS & TB Support Project (IDHATSP)
Location: iLembe District, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Partners: KwaZulu Natal and iLembe District HIV/AIDS and TB Programs, the KwaZulu Natal and iLembe District Departments of Health, Social Development, Education and Local Municipalities
IDHATSP started in October 2007 in iLembe District in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The main goal of this project was to integrate the provision of HIV and AIDS and TB prevention, care and support and treatment into an established community-based setting in iLembe District, specifically by strengthening the capabilities of local NGOs and Community Based Organizations as well as quality of and increasing access to Department of Health Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services, care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), increasing and monitoring quality of home-based palliative care for those affected by HIV, strengthening provision of Voluntary Counseling and Treatment (VCT) services and social at DOH facilities and building social support networks for those affected, and mounting an HIV/AIDS and TB education and outreach effort to reach widely dispersed and semi-isolated rural communities.
All program initiatives and strategies were undertaken in collaboration with key national stakeholders that included the KwaZulu Natal and iLembe District HIV/AIDS and TB Programs, the KwaZulu Natal and iLembe District Departments of Health, Social Development, Education and Local Municipalities. The Program’s main strategy was to expand the success of the previous MCDI/South Africa’s projects conducted in Ndwedwe sub-district to the other three sub-districts of the iLembe District and to provide a model for scaling up in other areas in KwaZulu Natal.