Comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS in urban informal settlements: What are the needs and challenges?

Abdhalah K Ziraba, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
John Kebaso, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Chi-Chi Undie, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Nyovani Madise, University of Southampton

The formal health care delivery system can not cope with the provision of care and support needed by HIV/AIDS patients. The family, community based organizations, and groups of HIV/AIDS affected individuals have tried to fill the void. However, access and utilization of care and support services remains poor. The aim of this paper is to understand the level of knowledge of key issues about HIV care and support, availability and utilization of services and the greatest needs as perceived by the individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in two urban informal settlements. Study participants were recruited from CBOs using questionnaires. Treatment for opportunistic infections, antiretroviral therapy and nutritional support are the most utilized HIV services. Nutritional support, ART, and counseling are the greatest needs. Stigma and perceived poor quality of care are the major barriers to accessing care. There is a need for better coordination of existing HIV/AIDS care services.

Presented in Poster Session 2