Caritas Nigeria has begun a two-day meeting in Gboko, Benue State with all partners and service providers in her Community Anti-Retroviral Treatment (cART) program.
The exercise which commenced this morning (April 10, 2017) is led by the Caritas Nigeria community ART technical team and is geared towards reorienting its partners at the community level to boost the effectiveness and impact of community ART program in Benue state.
Participants at the meeting comprises community-based pharmacies, patent medicine vendors (PMVs) and administrators of Comprehensive Care and Treatment (CCT) sites that serve as hubs to the PMVs, as well as supervisory and roving team members for the cART program. The local government areas (LGAs) currently involved include Gwer West, Logo and Ushongo of Benue state.
The cART is a strategy designed to increase access of people living with HIV to treatment services at the grassroots. It is a component of the PEPFAR-funded SUSTAIN program of Caritas Nigeria which has entered its fifth year of operation and has made tremendous impact in each of the twelve states where it has been implemented including Benue.
Since it was flagged off nine months ago the cART program has tested a total of 12873 persons with about 438 positives placed on care and treatment.