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Aug. 17, 2021

LINEO MABEKEBEKE

2 min read

Rights body strives to maintain HIV epidemic control

Rights body strives to maintain HIV epidemic control

People’s Matrix Association'S Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Tleketle Tlali

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PEOPLE’s Matrix Association says because it cares about its clients, it is still running the Epidemic Control (EpiC) Project, which aims to attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among at-risk adult men, women and priority populations.

The organisation advocates and lobbies for the political, sexual, cultural and economic rights of people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Lesotho.

Promotion and protection of human rights features is one the key objectives of the body.

The EpiC Project is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), managed by Family Health International (FHI) 360 and dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control.

As such, the association strives to always make things easier for the clients and believes leveraging their innovative solutions in healthcare service provision can stimulate their satisfaction.

To foster outstanding relationships with its clients, the association trusts in focusing on improving clients support and make it unchallenging for clients to interact with their top notch pre and post service delivery mechanism.

The association’s Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Tleketle Tlali told Metro that the project provides strategic technical assistance band direct service delivery to achieve HIV Epidemic Control and promote self-reliant management of National HIV programmes by improving case finding, prevention, treatment programming and viral load suppression.

“Since the implementation of the project in 2019, scheduled to end in 2024, we have seen a lot of success, with challenges here and there. But through the Ministry of Health and USAID’s support, we have been coping just fine, even in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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Mr Tlali said the aim is to achieve HIV Epidemic Control by 2030, that will be achieved by stopping new infections through ensuring that those who are HIV negative but at risk take PrEP while those who are HIV positive are virally suppressed and virally undetectable, because virally undetectable people cannot transmit the virus to others.

The EpiC Project provides USAID missions with a proven platform and deep technical bench to bring innovations to country programmes and overcome performance challenges.

It is able to work through both strategic Technical Assistance (TA) and Direct Service Delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programmes by improving HIV case finding, prevention and treatment programming, and viral load suppression.

 

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