Community Care Center (CCC) for People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
What is a CCC?
Each Community Care Center (CCC) linked to the ART center ensures that
PLHA are provided counseling for ARV drug adherence, nutrition and prevention
and treatment of minor opportunistic infections, referral and out reach
services and social support services.
Access to proper care enables persons living with HIV infection to live
longer and have a better quality of life. Community care centers are
low cost centers, often managed by NGOs. They are designed to strengthen
family and community care, through increased psychosocial support to
the individual, improve access to and adherence to Anti Retroviral Treatment
(ART) and overcome the stigma and discrimination associated with the
disease. They form a bridge between hospital and home care. A person
living with HIV needs, more than medicines or hospitals, the means to
cope with his physical stress, mental agony, social, psychological and
spiritual conditions. Comprehensive HIV/AIDS care is required for meeting
all such needs. Keeping them within the community and family groups,
as long as possible, can provide them with a better quality of life.
This is being provided through Community Care Centers.
Treatment of minor opportunistic infections; Counseling for ART prepardness;
Monitoring of ART adherence; Diet and nursing care; and Counseling and
referral. The stay in the center is, as far as possible, limited to
15 days, during which, the families are also trained to look after the
ill and especially the terminally ill patients.
There is at present six CCCs, with Support from KSACS functioning since the second half of 2007, each having bed strength of 10-15.