This programme was started with funding from the National Lotteries Commission. We signed a MoU with the FSDoH in January 2020 and started in February 2020.
This is a mobile HIV counselling and testing service which also links HIV+ clients with health facilities for ART initiation. There is a monthly set out route for this service showing all the places in Mangaung in the community where we set up the mobile service. This is advertised on social media.
We are aiming the service at Adult Girls and Young Women aged 15-25 where the rate of new HIV infections is highest. Although the FSDoH has a policy on making services available to young people after normal hours, it is very difficult for students to access HIV testing and contraceptive methods when they get out of school after 16h00, or over weekends. We also test young men and others who come to us asking for testing.
We dispense condoms and would like to be able to offer other contraceptives to young people in the near future. We believe that all young people have the right to make their own choices about their sexual and reproductive health and we need to take these services to them.
The programme is managed by Ntate Thapelo Mabule who is assisted by Ntate Katleho Marumo, Ausi Motshidisi Gabautlwele, Disebo Monyaki and Dieketseng Lekhotso.
We reach over 1,500 people per month.