CAG Success Story - Eben Esser

Eben Esser CAG Members sing and dance at meeting
Eben Esser CAG has plenty of reason to celebrate

 

Namibia has made immense strides in combating the HIV epidemic in the country. It has almost reached the international UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals for 2010, were 95% of its HIV-positive people are tested and know their status, 95% of those tested positive are on anti-retroviral treatment (ART), and of those on treatment, 95% are virally suppressed, which means it is practically impossible for them to transmit the virus. Latest figures show that Namibia has reached a commendable 94-96-95. However, in any race, the last mile is the longest and the hardest, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to supporting Namibia in its effort to find the remaining few percent to close the last gap. Despite the many people now on lifesaving ART treatment, taking the medication properly every day is still a challenge and burden for many people in rural communities, and USAID is funding efforts to make HIV medication easily accessible for those living in remote areas.


Visits to the nearest health facility, which may be several kilometers away, to refill medication are costly and time consuming, and appointments can disrupt the vital work schedules of the household, such as livestock herding, planting, harvesting and processing of crops. For many rural people in Namibia, livestock and subsistence cultivation of millet is the primary source of income and food, so interruption of these tasks places a heavy burden on families. The Community Adherence Group (CAG) program works to alleviate this burden by enabling two members of a community to visit the clinic and pick up refill medication for those patients registered in the program, and bring and distribute the medication in the village. This reduces the cost of transportation for the families on ART, congestion at clinics, and strengthens the community support for these families.

 

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CAG Success Story - Eben Esser

Eben Esser CAG Members sing and dance at meeting
Eben Esser CAG has plenty of reason to celebrate

 

Namibia has made immense strides in combating the HIV epidemic in the country. It has almost reached the international UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals for 2010, were 95% of its HIV-positive people are tested and know their status, 95% of those tested positive are on anti-retroviral treatment (ART), and of those on treatment, 95% are virally suppressed, which means it is practically impossible for them to transmit the virus. Latest figures show that Namibia has reached a commendable 94-96-95. However, in any race, the last mile is the longest and the hardest, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to supporting Namibia in its effort to find the remaining few percent to close the last gap. Despite the many people now on lifesaving ART treatment, taking the medication properly every day is still a challenge and burden for many people in rural communities, and USAID is funding efforts to make HIV medication easily accessible for those living in remote areas.


Visits to the nearest health facility, which may be several kilometers away, to refill medication are costly and time consuming, and appointments can disrupt the vital work schedules of the household, such as livestock herding, planting, harvesting and processing of crops. For many rural people in Namibia, livestock and subsistence cultivation of millet is the primary source of income and food, so interruption of these tasks places a heavy burden on families. The Community Adherence Group (CAG) program works to alleviate this burden by enabling two members of a community to visit the clinic and pick up refill medication for those patients registered in the program, and bring and distribute the medication in the village. This reduces the cost of transportation for the families on ART, congestion at clinics, and strengthens the community support for these families.

 

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Community Adherence Group Welcomes USAID Representatives from Windhoek and Washington

USAID representatives are welcomed by CAG in Oshikoto A Tonata Community Adherence Group (CAG) in Oshikoto region recently had the opportunity to receive and welcome representatives from USAID. In its effort to put an end to the HIV epidemic in Namibia, USAID has partnered with Tonata to scale up the CAG project, whereby ART patients organize themselves into groups and are able to send a representative to health facilities to collect medication on behalf of the entire group, saving time and cost of transportation. USAID recently made a site visit to Oshikoto region to engage care providers and the community to understand challenges they face on the ground. To this end, the USAID representatives met with the Community Adherence Group in Oshikoto region to hear directly from the beneficiaries of the project. Members of the group have been enrolled in the program since November of 2018, and expressed gratitude for the program. They distances that they need to travel to get their medication has been greatly reduced, and being part of a group, they are able to provide support and encouragement for each other to remain adherent to the their treatment.

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U.S. Ambassador meets TRY AGAIN Support Group – Onayena Constituency

U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Her Excellency Lisa Johnson,visited Onayena Health Center in Onandjokwe District, Oshikoto region (Onayena constituency) on the 20th March 2018 to familiarize herself with Community Based HIV Treatment Services (CBHTS) programme.

GWAANAKA SUPPORT GROUP – FIRST ON CBART IN OSHIKOTO

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"It has been painful and challenging for People Living with HIV and their caregivers to walk hundreds of kilometers to refill their ARVs at dispersed health facilities.
With Community Based ARVs refill, it encourages us to adhere to our medication to see the positive side of life.All Namibians should join support groups for us to make Community Based Antiretroviral Treatment a reality countrywide"

ELLY DHIKWA - GWAANAKA SUPPORT GROUP

 

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