Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) is among the first four sites in Tanzania to offer free Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) since September 2004. The existing Care &Treatment at KCMC is focusing on increasing the number of people on ART and linking PLHIV to the community. From the beginning provision of services for adults and children was harmonized so that parents could receive services at the same time as their children and the number of children on ART was around 20% of all patients’ right from the start. The centre has been receiving funds from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation (EGPAF) to implement Care & Treatment services for adults and children.
To provide comprehensive care and treatment services to adults, adolescents and children living with HIV, within the catchment’s area and beyond. The centre established Child Centered Family Care clinic [CCFCC] in October 2006 and official inauguration was done on 6th December 2007. The aim is to link the care and treatment of children and their families including primary and specialty medical care, social services, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and home based care. Further it supports improvement of care and treatment in Continuous Pediatrics Education Program [CPEP] sites in Kilimanjaro and Arusha Regions.
Based on the special needs for adolescents the centre has established adolescents/youth clinic since November 2007 .The clinic is done once per month on the last Saturday of the month. To date there are 59 adolescents and 61 youths attending clinic. (Total 120)