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TCE - Total Control of the Epidemic

 

TCE - Total Control of the Epidemic is a community mobilization program focused on preventing HIV transmission. The foundation of TCE is that only the people can liberate themselves from the HIV epidemic. The program raises awareness about HIV, mobilizes people to change their behaviour and utilize health services such as HIV testing, treatment for HIV (anti- retroviral treatment, ART) treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and opportunistic infections, participation in maternal and child health programs and TB treatment.

ADPP Guinea Bissau, in collaboration with the National Secretariat of Luta AIDS (SNLS) is implementing TCE program targeting vulnerable young people in Guinea Bissau.

The year 2011 saw the implementation of various activities. Before the starting of the TCE/TB
program in October, two activities took place. The activities were distribution of condoms in Oio
region, specifically in Bissorã, Mansõa, Nhacra, Mansabá and Farim sectors. Another of the
activities that took place was the continuation of communication for behavior change. The
communication and subsequent behavior change activity was done in 700 villages in the regions
of Oio, Biombo, Bafatá and Gabú. The 175 passionates, who did duty in the previous program in
2010, were the same who did the campaign for communication for behavior change in the
mentioned regions.

 

 

 

With the support of the National Aids Council we defined the TCE program and presented the 3 year budget. During the month of September, it was confirmed that the TCE program will start. As usual, the Global Fund is financing the TCE program. As a result of the systems involved in the funding, the first 2 years of the TCE program has its finance secured. The funding of the third year will need another confirmation from the Global Fund.

The Ministry of Health with funding from Global Fund round 9 and through a sub beneficiary called ENDA financed the TB program. The program had athree month time frame that will see it ending in December 2011.

Having agreed with our partners to implement the above mentioned activities, we hereby list what has been done in detail:

  1. Mobilization in communication for Behavior Change
    The 175 passionates, who did the campaign in 2010, were called again for duty to organize
    mobilization activities for behavior change. This took place during the first quarter of the year.
    The activities involved organizing the carnival festival, speeches on correct use of condoms in the market and open places, organizing cultural events with the community, and paying courtesy
    visits to the local traditional and religious leaders on HIV AIDS.
  2. Distribution of Condoms
    This is an activity that took place at the end of April. The distribution of condoms was done in the Oio region, specifically in the sectors of Bissorã, Mansõa, Mansabá and Farim. During the
    process, correct condom demonstration by the animators preceded the distribution.