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World AIDS Day: IHI screens over 800 people free of charge

Dec. 1, 2019
World AIDS Day: IHI screens over 800 people free of charge
Ifakara residents queue for screening services at Jongo Primary School in Ifakara on World AIDS Day, December 1 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY OF ANNA EICHENBERGEER

On World AIDS Day, IHI clinicians screened free of charge a total of 866 people at a Public Engagement Event hosted by the Chronic Diseases Clinic in Ifakara (CDCI) in collaboration with the IHI Knowledge Management and Communications Unit and other partners.

 “217 people tested for HIV, 285 for malaria (3 positives who were consulted and given a drug prescription), 284 were screened for blood pressure and 80 for cervical cancer (with 1 suspect and 2 positives). Additionally, people were invited to give blood donations and 7 transfusions were collected,” reports CDCI Head, Dr. Anna Eichenberger.

The event theme: ‘communities make the difference’ focused on the message ‘U=U ‘or ‘undetectable is untransmittable’. Besides providing information concerning HIV prevention, what it means to live with HIV, treatment options and explaining U=U, doctors screened free of charge for HIV, cervical cancer, malaria, and blood-pressure.