Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases  (WORLD)|510.986.0340 |

WORLD improves the lives and health of women, girls, families and communities affected by HIV through peer-based education, wellness services, advocacy, and leadership development.

Peer Advocate Program Supported by Family Care Network (FCN) of Alameda County

Peer Advocates have life experiences similar to those of the women they are serving and they are trained to provide peer counseling to women.  They serve as role models to women who are learning how to navigate the medical and social services systems.  Peer advocates stay abreast of treatment trends and provide non-directive information.  They provide consumer input to the medical community, sitting on local task forces, engaging in public speaking events, and networking with providers.  In so many ways, peer advocates serve as allies to HIV+ women when things are tough and life feels overwhelming

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HIV;AIDS; Hep C; Needle Exchange

ResearcWomen Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases |510.986.0340 | www.womenhiv.orghers at George Washington University Receive $23.8 Million Grant to Test an Innovative Model to Improve HIV Prevention and Care – See more at:

….As part of the project, researchers will provide patients with mobile health tools to support health literacy, risk reduction and home testing; and community health workers will receive mobile tools they can use to better coordinate care for HIV infected people who have detectable viral load, missed clinic appointments or medication refill visits.  The integrated information technology system will detect when patients are not receiving the support that they need in order to prevent health complications and costly crisis care. – See more at:…


The role of community health workers in supporting South Africa’s HIV/ AIDS treatment programme

Shauna Mottiar1,* and Tom Lodge1, 2 1Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa 2Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Limerick, Ireland *Corresponding author email:

Community health workers deployed around South Africa’s primary health care clinics, supply indispensable support for the world’s largest HIV/AIDS treatment programme. Interviews with these workers illuminated the contribution they make to anti-retroviral treatment (ART) of HIV/AIDS patients and the motivations that sustain their engagement. Their testimony highlights points of stress in the programme and supplies insights into the quality of its implementation. Finally, the paper addresses issues about the sustainability of a programme that depends on a group of workers who are not yet fully incorporated into the public sector.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, anti-retroviral treatment, community health workers, volunteerism, social accountability, sustainability

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