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Anglicare’s Port Moresby clinic sees up to 300 people monthly

Anglicare PNG’s Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Clinic provides services to about 300 people a month.

Apart from free HIV counselling and testing, people are also referred to their STI clinics for further testing,
offered meals and also given home-based care, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

According to Anglicare POM Branch Manager, Bernard Paru, the clinic attends to Port Moresby residents as
young as 15 years old which is a glimpse into what type of people are seen in the other 4 branches of Anglicare
located in Popondetta, Morobe, Mt Hagen and Wabag.

Anglicare has continued to grow in size due to donor funding from major partners, particularly the Australian
Government, over the years and requests from the communities for services and training on HIV and AIDS.
According to VCT Manager, Marcia Kalinoe and Begabari Clinic Coordinator, Sr Josepha Tametalong, there are
about 250-300 people who come in for VCT every month. Begabari Clinic is where PLWHA’s go to get their
anti-retroviral therapy (ART) drugs as well as reviews after two months of being on ART.

Anglicare provides home-based care and training for those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. Providing
ART is only part of the care given to individuals, Anglicare also has a Psychosocial Support Officer for families and
support is provided by way of a Drop-in Centre, which gives a free hot meal twice a week to those that are able
to attend the Anglicare compound in North Waigani.