HIV Testing Services

TB HIV Care makes the ‘Big Switch’ to Lynx-HCT

TB HIV Care’s community-based HAST Counsellors – linked to the CDC HIV Prevention Programme – successfully transitioned from paper-based HIV Testing Services (HTS) forms to a mobile, digital HTS data collection platform called Lynx-HCT.

TB HIV Care began the shift to Lynx-HCT in early 2019 and by 01 March all teams were using the new application.

Lynx-HCT is a data capturing solution that meets the needs of users in the field, as well as managers and those reporting to the funding partner.

HTS information is entered on a tablet with on and off-line functionality. Data analysis and operational planning becomes easier as dashboards display information per age and gender. Hot spots are identified through geographic information system (GIS) functionality. The new application allows for real-time reporting and analysis, allowing fieldworkers to identify hotspots, increase testing and case finding and ultimately improve linkage to care.

TB HIV Care ran a ‘Big Switch’ techno challenge for the HTS teams, which encouraged users to become familiar with the platform, supported the ‘switch’ to digital reporting (working closely with teams to answer any questions and address any challenges) and rewarded teams and individuals with fun prizes as they embraced the new technology. Well done to all involved!

 

Thuma Mina Campaign in Amathole

The Amathole District Department of Health (DoH) has embarked on the Thuma Mina (Send Me) project, which aims to bring health services to far-flung, rural communities.

The campaign had activities planned for three days in Mnquma Local Municipality (Amathole) from 18- 21 February. Gcina, with seven villages and Chebe with six villages were the areas identified in Mnquma to host the event. Communities in these areas are serviced by only three health facilities – all on average about 5km- 10km away. 

During the three days, integrated services were offered, including HTS, consultation of all clients by nurses and specialised care (which included: eye care, ENT, dental care, gynaecological care, social care and even application of identity documents and birth certificates).

Youth clinics and dialogues were led by TB HIV Care staff to make sure that the youth are not left behind.

TB HIV Care’s HTS and Care & Treatment teams worked passionately and with dedication, providing much-needed quality care to those communities.

The event received support by the attendance of the DoH district office, sub-district and provincial HAST Managers.

Well done to all those who made the event possible!