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Medical care for PLWHA in resource constrained settings: bridging gap action of SWAA-BURUNDI.




 

Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1020 (abstract no. 60111). Unique Identifier :

PROBLEMATIC: Non financial accessibility to medical care for PLWHA in ressource constrained settings is one of the principal obstacle to voluntary HIV counselling and testing, and a major obstacle in the prevention of HIV transmission. It is the cause of despair of PLWHA in developping countries. PROJECT: In order to relieve PLWHA, to improve their health conditions, to de termine how providing medical care for PLWHA in ressource contrained settings can contribute to their behaviour change and to the prevention of HIV; gratuitous medical care (consultation, gift of some essential medicines and counselling) are given to PLWHA in ressource constraineds settings. This project includes in its staf, professionally qualified medical practitional and a qualified social worker. There is a collaboration between medical intervenants engaged in fighting against AIDS, PLWHA Organisation and the committee of Prince Regent Charles Hospital engaged in helping PLWHA and in promoting the voluntary HIV testing. Condoms are gratuitously given to people who ask for them. RESULTS: 10 to 22 ill PLWHA in ressource contrained settings are consulted per day at SWAA-BURUNDI. 92% of them benefit gratuitous medicines in three PLWHA support Organisations. (34% from "SWAA", 31% from "ANSS", 27% from "Nouvelle Esperance"), 8% can not be treated because there is any indicated medecine in the three PLWHA support Organisations. Some of them who need hospitalisation are refered to the committee of Prince Regent Charles Hospital engaged in helping PLWHA with some money for surety. 120 condoms per month are given to those who ask for them. Within four months the number of demand for health care help, counseilling and HIV test has increased. CONSTRAINTS: risk of no continuity of the action if there is no help from the government, from financial backers or other donors. Lack of material for voluntary HIV test in the country. LESSONS LEARNED: Medical care for PLWHA in Resource Constrained Settings as a Bridging gap action is a matter to relieve PLWHA and improve their health conditions, to contribute to their behaviour change and to the prevention of HIV. The collaboration between various organisations interested in health care and counselling for PLWHA is an efficient means of fighting against AIDS.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/ TRANSMISSION Burundi Condoms *Developing Countries Health Education *Health Resources *Health Services Accessibility Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION *Medical Indigency Patient Care Team



 




Information in this article was accurate in December 30, 1998. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.