Family Free – Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Anova Health Institute’s Family Free project aims to improve healthcare services through awareness and education in the rural Mopani district in Limpopo. Founded in 2008, the project is funded by Orange Babies and works alongside Anova’s Limpopo-based Khutso Kurhula team. The project focuses specifically on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and new HIV infections in adolescents and on educating HIV-positive children and their caregivers. Family Free’s initiatives take a holistic approach that includes traditional healers, men, women, grandmothers and children.
Community awareness of PMTCT is a key aspect of the Family Free project. These initiatives not only raise knowledge levels around HIV and how HIV-positive mothers can ensure that their infants are HIV-negative, but also focus on helping HIV-negative people maintain their status. Because a community is made up of families, community awareness helps facilitate and reinforce PMTCT awareness and education at family level.