The Comprehensive Care Clinic is an outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic programme for people with HIV/AIDS. Over 2,800 clients are enrolled in the programme which is entirely free, being funded by the US Government through its AIDS Relief Initiative. 90% of the beneficiaries are from very needy backgrounds and would not otherwise get help.
The community served is predominantly from the nearby Mukuru slums, which is an extremely deprived community. There is an active outreach programme in conjunction with locally trained community workers, where clients are visited in their homes and their medical needs addressed. Support groups targeting specific cadres, income generating initiatives and special youth programmes are also very much part of the effort to help people cope with their problems.
Sr. Aine visiting with a patient in her home in Mukuru slum