Success Stories

Implementation of a Standardized Operating Procedure Successfully Improved the Receipt of Viral Load Results Among ART-Treated Eligible Adults and Children Receiving Longitudinal HIV Care at the Namacurra Sede in Zambézia Province, Mozambique

In Mozambique, in 2015, viral load (VL) testing became routine for pregnant and lactating women (PLW) who had been receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) for 3 months or longer. It is very important to monitor VL in patients receiving ART in order to determine whether or not the patient is adhering to their prescribed ART regime and whether or not their treatment is effectively suppressing HIV in the body. Recent programmatic data showed an overall VL coverage rate of approximately 40% in COP18. By the end of COP19 Q1, VL coverage at FGH supported sites had risen to 49%.

Mentor Mothers promote the birth of HIV-uninfected children in Quelimane.

“I am very happy because my daughter was born HIV free,” says Leocádia Adelino, a resident of Maquivale Sede Administrative Post, in Quelimane District, Zambézia Province, Mozambique. Leocádia has lived with HIV since 2016. She has four children, ages 15, 13, 5, and almost 2. All of her children, including the youngest, are free of HIV.

District in Transformation: Expanded HIV Care and Treatment Service in Quelimane Takes Teamwork

Belito Adolfo has been working for Friends in Global Health (FGH) since 2014. He was promoted to District Coordinator in January 2017, just as VUMC/FGH began supporting the Quelimane District. This new position was the biggest challenge of his professional career. In his new role he works with larger, urban health facilities handling higher patient volumes. With the increased responsibilities, he recognizes the importance of his work and being team member.

Male Champions Bring Couples Closer Together

“I was always sick and tired. I could barely do anything,” Laurinda Emiliano tells us during an interview. Laurinda, 19, lives in the Bairro Cimento within the village of Zalala, Quelimane District, Zambézia Province. Starting in 2014, Laurinda mysteriously began to get sick frequently. “I started getting sick and I did not know what I had. Since the illness would not go away, I started visiting traditional healers.” The young woman sought out the cause for her illness for more than three years, but her health was only getting worse.

Key to Adherence: Community

The Impact of Community-Based Information, Education and Communication Initiatives and Importance of Community Adherence Support Groups  Abudo Nicuacua was diagnosed with HIV in 2006. Today, Abudo is an antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence role model, but this was not always the case. Although he began ART shortly after his diagnosis, he was not convinced that the medications would improve his health. He quickly abandoned care and stopped taking his ART soon after enrollment.