HTH Initiatives fund and support the delivery of comprehensive medical and psychosocial care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
The medical director manages a team of nurses, physician’s assistants, sociologists, epidemiologists, virologists, and community volunteers, of whom many are HIV positive. This team provides medical consultations, hospitalizations, and laboratory analyses. Patients are urged to have monthly medical consultations to promote the prevention of opportunistic infections and thwart the advancement of disease progression.
The psychosocial director, a sociologist specializing in support for people living with HIV/AIDS, coordinates psychosocial services with a team of trained counselors. These counselors, many living with HIV/AIDS, provide individual, group and HIV test counseling. Widely utilized by patients, psychosocial counseling compliments and facilitates medical services by addressing patients’ social and familial problems.
The combined efforts of psychosocial and medical divisions provide individuals living with HIV/AIDS with comprehensive care. The Initiative’s approach presumes that the notion of health encapsulates more than simply the absence of clinical symptoms or infections. HTH adheres to a holistic concept of health that involves physical, mental, intellectual, social, and spiritual concerns.
Medical and Psychosocial Services Overview
- Routine monthly visits provided by a qualified physician and medical support staff with specialty training in AIDS
- Hospitalization services for acute medical treatment, procedures and monitoring
- Laboratory analyses
- Medical record system that ensures continuity of care and confidentiality of participants
- Coordination of all related and relevant programs (VAD, MNV, ARV, PMTCT, OVC)
- Psychosocial services include regular support activities and counseling sessions for participating patients, family, and friends