Providing Prevention and Treatment for young people in Lesotho project
Supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, PROTECT is a three-year (2018- 2021) project whose main goal is to accelerate HIV Testing Services (HTS) uptake by adolescents through community-based HIV, sexual and reproductive health and family planning services, in order to have an AIDS free population of adolescents and young people. Its activities are implemented in eight districts in Lesotho – all except Maseru and Berea which are separately supported by the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS program. The project’s main activities include community-based provision of HIV, TB and Family Planning Services (including HTS, ART initiation, TB screening, STI management and family planning services), with services provided via mobile clinics at schools, local clubs and churches. Project personnel collaborate with partner organizations who create demand for services amongst young people and follow-up on those found to be HIV-infected to ensure that they are adequately linked to facility-based services. These services are currently suspended due to COVID-19.