Mobile HIV Testing and Screening Services: Reaching Remote Communities

Nurse Counsellor from AHRN, mobile HTS team is conducting mobile HIV testing for clients at hard-to-reach areas

To ensure that key populations receive health services through the AIS activity, implementing partners conduct regular mobile visits to remote locations or areas with a high concentration of key populations. In April 2024, with AIS support, the AHRN Outreach and Mobile HTS team provided mobile HIV testing and screening services, along with follow-up visits to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHA) clients, at a remote elephant camp in Mawlaik Township, Sagaing Region.

The team, consisting of an outreach worker, nurse counselor, case management officer, treatment facilitator, and peer workers, traveled to hard-to-reach areas, such as the elephant camp deep within the forest, using various modes of transportation—by motorcycles, boats, and on foot—to provide HIV prevention and testing services, as well as ART follow-up visits for PHA clients. Clients, including people who use drugs (PWUD), people who inject drugs (PWID), and their family members, benefitted from harm reduction services, including health education sessions on HIV and tuberculosis, distribution of prevention materials, HIV testing, and introduction to available services offered by AHRN and Best Shelter. AHRN referred suspected tuberculosis patients for further treatment and care.

The harm reduction services, including the distribution of preventive materials, the provision of HIV testing services, and ART follow-up, alongside health education sessions on HIV and TB, could increase access to essential healthcare and empower individuals with knowledge of HIV and TB. Additionally, referral services ensured timely diagnosis and support for suspected TB patients, contributing to improved health outcomes within the targeted population. By extending services to individuals who use drugs and their family members in remote areas, the initiative fosters community resilience and promotes inclusivity.