Integrated Access to Care and Treatment

Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT)

HEAIDS in partnership with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and with the support of USAID and PEPFAR, is co-ordinating training interventions to support Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) through the development of well-trained Lay Support Group Facilitators (SGFs) and Trainers at Universities.

Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT) training is aimed at supporting newly diagnosed individuals with psychosocial support, including to come to terms with the diagnosis, gain valuable knowledge, build confidence, and explore health care management strategies.

The first objective of I ACT is to increase the number of qualified I ACT trainers in universities in order to up-scale the roll out of I ACT in synergy with the First Things First Thing Campaign.  On completion of the Training of Trainers, qualified I ACT trainers would mentor or lead HIV support groups within their respective institutions. The second objective is to provide structured training for support group facilitators so as to strengthen and manage the group’s affairs and future developmental initiatives.

USAID/PEPFAR through FPD is covering logistics, which includes venue, catering, facilitators and all I ACT manuals.  Due to donor restrictions FPD cannot cover costs for travel, accommodation or subsistence allowances for participants.

Participation in I ACT provides universities with an opportunity to adopt the I ACT model which is to become the National Department of Health's standard for treatment, care and support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Six facilitators have thus far been trained.

            Number of facilitators trained

Regions Number of facilitators trained Limpopo/Mpumalanga 1 Gauteng/North West 5 Total trained 6