The U.S. PEPFAR/CDC-funded Community COMPACT programme is a community-led HIV prevention initiative that puts the community in charge of its HIV/AIDS response by identifying the drivers of infection and taking action to combat them. The goal of COMPACT is to increase the number of individuals, and couples, in rural Kalabo, Western province and in urban Kanyama, Lusaka province that know their HIV status and who receive the necessary information and services to avert further infections.
The CIDRZ Community COMPACT programme team has strengthened ongoing VCT activities in Kanyama through building the capacity of trained community volunteers who disseminate integrated messages about HIV/AIDS, VCT, ART adherence, cervical cancer screening, and Tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment through door-to-door outreach.
CIDRZ COMPACT volunteers are now recognised and respected as key sources of information on HIV prevention and care and treatment in their communities.
When Kalabo or Kanyama COMPACT volunteers meet their annual targets they receive a community-based incentive of their choice. This year Kanyama volunteers chose to improve patient comfort and care at the Kanyama Level 1 Hospital. Through their good work the following was donated at the 4th June 2015 handover ceremony:
60 mattresses, bed sheets, pillows and cases
50 ward curtains
25 Blood Pressure machines
At the ceremony Guest of Honour Mr Clement Ndeleke, Lusaka District Administrative Officer presented the gifts to the Kanyama Level 1 Hospital Sister-in-charge Mrs Mubiana Kachindo. Compact Programme Manager Musonda Musonda spoke on behalf of CIDRZ at the event.