At Dignitas, we encourage greater involvement of people living with HIV in the delivery of health care. This is the underlying principle behind our Expert Client program.
An Expert Client is a person who is HIV+ and has openly declared their status. Their most important role of an Expert Client is to inspire others to seek testing and treatment. As living proof that treatment works, Expert Clients also provide essential peer-based support to patients who have just begun HIV treatment.
Expert Clients also assist with tasks like measuring vital signs, recording weights in patient’s health passports, filing patient records and much more.
Due to severe shortages of human resources for health in countries like Malawi, health workers often struggle to give adequate attention to their patients. By supporting with administrative tasks, Expert Clients help alleviate the workload of nurses and clinicians, so they can focus on providing lifesaving treatment and care.