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Community Based Counselling and Testing Department

CBCT implements community-based HIV prevention, counselling and testing programmes for reduced HIV incidence in high incidence communities in South Africa. The CBCT project under the KFW funding is a consortium of five partners with three implementing partners, namely KI, HPPSA and FPD) the other two partners namely SEAD and CCI provide technical assistance on quality assurance and BCC respectively. The CBCT department also implements HIV testing services targeting adolescent girls and young women in Tswane and Bojanala through funding from SCI. Lastly, through funding from USAID CBCT manages two sub-grantees (HPPSA and SFH) on the Communities Forward grant, to implement community based testing in six provinces covering 13 priority districts.

Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and National Department of Health (NDoH) Through funding from a German development bank, KFW, the National Department of Health is funding FPD to implement community based HIV counselling and testing (Services Contract to Provide HIV Counselling and Testing services in Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga Provinces- KFW HIV Prevention- Component HCT 2010 65 994/2012). The verarching goal of the project is to implement high yield, community-based HIV counselling and testing (CB-HCT) services with an aim to identify PLHIV and to effectively link them into HIV and TB care and treatment programmes, and identify HIV negative individuals at risk of HIV infection and to effectively link them into evidence-based HIV prevention programmes. The project is implemented in two provinces covering five districts namely Nkangala (Mpumalanga), OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani and Sara Baartman (Eastern Cape). The project strategy is implemented by FPD and well-established, local South African Organisations with strong local track record, best practice models for CBHCT, and significant existing capacity at district level to rapidly scale and implement high-volume, high quality CB-HCT services (Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA), Keth`Impilo (KI), SEAD and CCI). Also, 21 local grassroots NGOs/CBOs/FBOs have been identified and selected for small grant contracts to implement CB-HCT services and they received a full package of organisation development support services using a “twinning approach”. The organisations are contracted to increase reach to hard-to-reach areas. Basic Package of HCT services offered includes; pre-test counselling; TB, STI & NCD symptom screening & referral; male & female condom distribution; HTS as per algorithm; posttest counselling & risk reduction; referral; linkage planning and support.

In collaboration with SAG stakeholders and as part of the referral SOPs and protocols, CBCT partners have developed and implemented a multitiered approach to facilitate and document success linkage and to verify service uptake. A major focus of the post-test counselling process is to underline the importance of timely linkage to HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment services, as well as to solicit consent for client follow up and tracing. This project will end on 30 September 2019.