“Only the people can liberate themselves from AIDS – the epidemic“
This simple statement is the foundation of Total Control of the Epidemic, TCE.
Total Control of the Epidemic, TCE, is the approach and the practice with whichHumana People to People has systematically waged war against the virus of HIV and the disease of AIDS following in its wake.
The health systems in the countries hardest hit are no match for the challenge of the HIV virus, despite multiple efforts to meet them. The people themselves, when knowledgeable and mobilized, are capable of acquiring a crucial impact on the proliferation and the transmission of the disease.
Since 2000, the TCE Field Officers have talked with 10 million people: One on one – with the goal of each person taking control, individually and together with others: not to become infected or not to spread the disease and to live a long and healthy life.
Total Control of Epidemic
Total Control of the Epidemic – the TCE program to fight HIV/ AIDS was created in 1999 byHumana People to People and first implemented in Zimbabwe in the year 2000.
Today 10 years later the TCE program has been implemented in 10 countries and reached out to more than 10 million people at individual level through more than 5.000 TCE Field Officers.
The fight has been intensified over the years, many times the TCE Commanders leading the fight have met at the Humana People to People Headquarters in Zimbabwe to report, debate and develop the program, to raise the goals and benchmarks and to demand ever more from each other in this intense fight and to confirm to one another never to rest until the virus is beaten and AIDS is stopped.
The TCE Program is an intensive campaign running over 3 years.
A TCE Area is defined by its population size of 100.000 people. The TCE Area is divided into 50 fields of 2.000 people. 50 locals are recruited and trained as Field Officers in charge of implementing the TCE program in all the fields and thus each Field Officer has the responsibility to reach 2.000 people.
Another approach in the fight to stop AIDS is taken by the HOPE Humana projects. HOPE Humana establishes a center in the community as the base for actions to stop HIV/AIDS and to support people and communities affected by the disease. From the HOPE Center, the project operates in three main lines: Health Services including Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Outreach Programs and Opinion Forming Activities. The people around the HOPE Center are organized around these activities. In Health Services, the HOPE Center facilitates HIV testing, combined with the necessary pre- and post-test counseling. The Centers promote the local health structures and link up with them in case of opportunistic diseases such as TB, and promote ARV treatment and adherence to treatments. Some HOPE Centers have own testing facilities, while others refer to and cooperate with other test centers.
The Outreach Programs include positive living clubs, which are supporting people living with HIV, lessons in home based care and organization of volunteers to carry out home based care, lessons in nutrition and establishment of nutrition gardens, support for orphans and their caregivers, and much more – all needed in the fight against AIDS and in dealing with the consequences of the AIDS epidemic. The HOPE projects perform Opinion Forming Activities by speaking up about HIV/AIDS in public, through the National AIDS Councils, and by having an extensive cooperation with other organizations and institutions, such as churches and schools, on local as well as on national level.