VCT/ART CENTRES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit of First Lady of Zambia, Mrs. Maureen Mwanawasa and First Lady of the USA, Mrs. Laura Bush at Chreso in June 2007.

Due to a number of challenges with HIV/AIDS which Rev. Helmut Reutter and Mrs. Reutter faced in their ministry at the church, they realized that the church could not adequately handle the problems with volunteers alone. HIV and AIDS counseling begun in 1995 in a very small room adjacent to the church with some trained Volunteers. When it became apparent that this would not be a long-term solution, Chreso Ministries was founded in 1996 as a social arm of Gospel Outreach Fellowship, which is led by Rev. Helmut Reutter. While the work continued with Volunteers, funds could be raised through a German NGO and German Government support to build an HIV/AIDS Counseling and Training Centre. This building was completed in the year 2000, when work begun with full-time staff who set up a formidable VCT Centre.

THE U.S. PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF (PEPFAR)

In 2003 Chreso partnered with the Children's AIDS Fund in order to respond to an RFA of the PEPFAR program for faith-based organisations. When the application succeeded, Chreso Ministries joined the AIDS Relief Consortium under the leadership of Catholic Relief Services and begun to administer ARVs in December 2004.

The official opening took place on 8th December 2004 with the charged Affairs of the Embassy of the United States of America in Zambia, Mr. Andrew Passon and Dr. Chirwa representing the Government of Children's Aids Fund graced the occasion.

Early 2008 Chreso opened a new ART Centre in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia. Livingstone has the highest HIV prevalence in Zambia. In the same month Chreso opened yet another ART Centre in Kabwe, where Chreso has done Mobile Clinic and mobile VCT for some time. In both cities Chreso was welcomed warmly and has seen very positive results since inception.

We serve by:

Providing VCT services as one of the major ways of HIV prevention and an entry point to care and support.

  • Providing general psychosocial and pastoral services.
  • Providing HIV/AIDS education and awareness campaigns in schools, churches, companies, prisons, and public forums.
  • Using the media to reach as many people as possible through well designed TV dramas and commercials and using creative print media to educate people on different social and health vices in the community.
  • Providing state of the art treatment programs both in the area of ARVs and the general clinic through our well established mobile clinic and on-site clinics.
  • Infiltrating the Lusaka based prisons with all public health services that those outside prisons are enjoying.