Mozambican AIDS Treatment Access Movement (MATRAM) in Mozambique mobilizes community members, political leaders, and people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) to access anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment. MATRAM’s programs focus on educating PLWHA, caregivers, families, and friends on HIV treatment and adherence. Poor adherence to antiretroviral treatment is associated with less effective viral suppression, which not only risks the immediate health of the individual, but also risks creating permanent treatment resistance.
The meaningful involvement of PLWHA is at the heart of all of MATRAM’s programming. Their activities empower community members with the accurate and relevant knowledge to make informed decisions when accessing ARV treatment programmes. MATRAM is mindful of the paramount role that the triple linkage of gender, human rights, and HIV and AIDS plays in all of their programming.
MATRAM relies on a cascade approach to carrying out their community work. This ensures the trickling down of information and skills from one level of a community structure to the next. Seventy-five community members have been trained and they are, in turn, responsible for training community volunteers who then go door-to-door to teach treatment literacy and prevention. This approach creates a widened base of community members with knowledge, expertise, and skills.