Community Home-Based Care (CHBC) programs have been established in many parts of the world as a community response to the HIV epidemic.
It has resulted in an increased number of PLHIV accessing some form of treatment in the face of limited health care resources since it acts as a continuum of health care service delivery. CHBC is also associated with better ART adherence, retention in care and improved survival.
Currently the most effective health care and support services in Ghana do not extensively address challenges of care within the family, at home and in the community. These challenges such as adherence monitoring, tracing treatment defaulters among others necessitated the development of the CHBC policy and guidelines.
With this Policy Framework in place, the concept of developing a National HIV Home Based Care Training Manual to guide community nurses and other health care providers to effectively render home based care services to persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in the country became necessary.
To put together a comprehensive Training Manual that would address the core elements outlined in the HBC Policy Framework, the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) was contracted by the Ghana AIDS Commission to provide leadership in the development of a National HIV Community Home Based Care Training Manual, to be used by trained health personnel of community health facilities to train community level care givers so they qualify to provide quality and comprehensive HIV related services to PLHIVs and AIDS patients in the home setting.
The development of the manual is still in progress and more updates will follow.