40. Improve case-finding approaches through religious services.

Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Nigeria (April 2018-March 2019):

After 12 months of intervention, Caritas Nigeria, in collaboration with Caritas Internationalis and within the framework of the UNAIDS-PEPFAR FBO Initiative, has trained 179 religious leaders (including 89 priests) covering 21 States in Nigeria (including the 6+1 UNAIDS Priority States). Trained clergy reached over 21.712 adults and 22.197 children aged 0-15 years with age-appropriate HIV messaging promoting diagnosis and treatment of children living with HIV. In addition, trained clergy referred 21.142 children for HIV testing with 21.130 being tested for HIV and 106 of those diagnosed HIV-positive were commenced on ART (49 F; 15 M less then 5 years; and 29 F; 13 M 50 to 10 years). Data include outputs of 3 medical outreaches conducted in the Diocese of Lafia (Akwanga, Kadarko, and Angwantashi), where, respectively: 299 beneficiaries were served (181 F; 108 M) and 4 HIV-positive cases identified (only one was a child M aged 0-5); 536 beneficiaries were served (310 F; 226 M) and there were 3 HIV-positive cases but only one child M was between 0-5; and 555 beneficiaries were served (259 F; 296 M) with 5 HIV-positive cases identified (only one F child 0-5).

 

Caritas Internationalis and Caritas DRC: DRC (September 2018-March 2019):

After 7 months of intervention, Caritas Congo ASBL, in collaboration with Caritas Internationalis and within the framework of the UNAIDS-PEPFAR FBO Initiative, trained 127 religious leaders (including 7 religious leaders of faiths and traditions different than Roman Catholic, as well as 53 healthcare workers of Catholic health facilities), 1 chief of police, 1 director of school and 2 directors of orphanages in 4 pastoral areas of the Diocese of Kisangani (Kisangani, Ubundu, Banalia and Yangambi). Trained religious leaders reached 18.124 children and adults with age-appropriate messaging; among them, 1.071 children (620 0-5 years; 451 6-14 years) were referred to local health facilities for testing. Among them, 27 have been detected HIV-positive (12 0-5 years; 15 6-14 years) but only 11 (6 0-5 years; 5 6-14 years) have been put under treatment (59% treatment gap).