There are few organisations in South Kivu responding to the actual need of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS. In response to this the Stephen Lewis Foundation established a HIV/AIDS initiative at Panzi Hospital in 2007. Patients come from the Survivors of Sexual Violence (SSV) project, Panzi Hospital’s other departments, outreach activities in churches and schools, and other hospitals and NGOs.
The project offers services such as paediatrics, maternity services, nutrition of inpatients, anti-retroviral treatment, a Volunteer Test Centre (VCT), Laboratory and a secure blood transfusion centre. The project also includes social activities such as micro-credits and school equipment and fees for students. Panzi Hospital staff are also able to perform counselling and HIV testing in villages outside Bukavu.
Funding: Stephen Lewis Foundation
Implementation: Panzi Hospital