The ICOBI Community PMTCT is a CDC funded five (5) year project, that covers ten districts of South Western Uganda (Bushenyi, Sheema Mitooma, Rubirizi, Buhweju, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Ibanda, Kiruhura and Isingiro) with estimated 2,776,188 (F: 1,434,577, M: 1,341,611) beneficiaries. The project area covers 5,727 villages, 641 parishes and 132 sub-counties in the ten districts of Ankole Region. This project aims at expanding uptake for interventions to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children by using community based strategies under the PEPFAR.
The overarching goal is to contribute towards the improvement of child survival through increasing the uptake of prevention of mother to child HIV transmission services and providing care and support to infected parents and children using home based community strategies.
The overall objective of this project is to contribute towards the improvement of child survival through increased uptake of Prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services and providing care and support to infected parents and their families using community based and family centered strategies.
The following are the strategic project objectives:
- To promote innovative community based primary prevention of HIV through mobilization and referral of pregnant women and their spouses for counseling and testing at the health facilities.
- To prevent un-intended pregnancies among women living with HIV by promoting use of modern contraceptives and other family planning strategies.
- To reduce HIV transmission from pregnant or lactating women living with HIV to their babies by referring them for appropriate ART prophylaxis for PMTCT as well as other strategies.
- To mobilize women living with HIV and their families for Care, Treatment and Support.
- To enhance advocacy, capacity building and behavior change communication for community PMTCT services.