Improving Access and Uptake of Routine Confidential Counseling and Testing

Through this project, IntraHealth trained and worked with lay counselors to test over 91,000 Zambians for HIV, approximately 8% of whom tested positive and were referred for treatment. These lay counselors are local community members whom IntraHealth trained in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners to:
  • Offer confidential HIV counseling and testing services in five rural districts (Namwala, Luangwa, Siavonga, Gwembe, and Kalomo)
  • Refer people who test positive to treatment services
  • Organize and lead support groups for people affected by HIV
  • Promote dialogue about HIV within communities and discourage stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.

This work was supported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.