LVCT’s Unique Approach
Couples clinic – Tivoli Clinic in Kisumu was set up as the only non-research site for couples living with HIV. This model has ensured that holistic services are provided to both concordant and discordant couples and their families. By March 2012, 850 couples had been enrolled with 395 couples being discordant.
Children – A multidisciplinary team health care workers work together at the visits to provide specialised medical care, nutritional support and psychosocial support to children. The LVCT clinic supports the development of Pediatrics HIV care and treatment programs, including the following activities:
Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) care and treatment services – LVCT pioneered services to men who have sex with men (MSM) in 2004 offering a men’s health clinic to deal with HIV, sexual and reproductive health issues of MSM by staff trained on MARPS sensitivity. LVCT currently serves over 200 MSMs in the clinics with Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV services and links them to support groups.
Disability friendly services - LVCT care staff have been trained to provide comprehensive care services to persons with disability (PWDs) including people with hearing impairment, visually impaired and physical disability.
Ensuring effective linkages
To meet the project objective of achieving over 80% uptake of referrals, LVCT has piloted models aimed at ensuring clients access care as early as possible:VCT + model - LVCT designed a model where the HIV care and treatment services are offered in the same facility as Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services. This resulted in unprecedented uptake of referral to HIV care and treatment (over 97% referral uptake from VCT in 2009) and therefore provides a model for testing and treatment for HIV. This model received recognition at the International HIV counseling and testing workshop in Lusaka 2008
"At LVCT the treatment has been good. At those other clinics i used to attend you get drugs for free, yes, but at other times they are not available and you are either referred to get them from outside or come at a later date. You will never find that happening at LVCT, the day you visit the clinic is the day you’ll be attended to. Consultations are private and you are treated with respect. When you are there, you just feel you are at the right place and the fear of going to clinics disappears. At LVCT, you find people of all walks of life; teenagers, middle-aged, the old all mixing together and talk one language. Treatment at LVCT has been the best," Aggrey Mbevi, a client in the Care Clinic at Hurlingham.
Hurlingham Clinic- off Argwings Kodhek Road
Tivoli Centre- ARC center, Kisumu Town Clinic
Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm
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