In 2004, a third Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) research site was opened in the northern Copperbelt region, the most populous region of Zambia. Opening its doors to couples in the city of Ndola in July 2004, Ndola, Copperbelt Ubumi Bwesu CVCT center is smaller than its sister sites in Lusaka and Kigali; however Ubumi Bwesu has provided couples’ voluntary counseling and testing to more than 2,000 clients. Services available to Ubumi Bwesu clients include medical examinations, family planning services and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) other than HIV.
Currently, CVCT services are now established in 32 clinics in the Copperbelt region, with up to 150 couples served per weekend. As the area has been particularly hard hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these services have the potential of preventing thousands of new HIV infections. With support of PATH, CVCT is being rolled out in the area in targeted clinics to ensure sustainable integration into healthcare centers. This process will add 60 clinics and reach 56,000 couples over a two-and-a-half year period.
Ubumi Bwesu-ZEHRP is an integral part of RZHRG’s research. Together with our home office at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, these dynamic field research facilities in Zambia and Rwanda form the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group.
DID YOU KNOW...
• The Copperbelt region has been particularly hard hit by the AIDS epidemic, and expanding CVCT services has the potential to prevent thousands of new HIV infections.
• CVCT services are now established in 32 clinics in the Copperbelt region, with up to 150 couples served per weekend.
• Ubumi Bwesu has provided couples’ voluntary counseling and testing to more than 2,000 clients.