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TB HIV Care joins World Hepatitis Alliance

On Thursday, 26th September 2019, TB HIV Care was approved as a non-voting member of the World Hepatitis Alliance.

This is part of TB HIV Care’s strategy to broaden its focus to include other major diseases, and viral hepatitis in particular. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hepatitis B and C cause about 1.3 million deaths per year globally, just less than the 1,6 million caused by TB. However, over 80% of people living with hepatitis lack access to prevention, testing and treatment services.

The World Hepatitis Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that works with governments, national member organisations and other key partners to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and influence global change. By becoming a member, TB HIV Care raises its international visibility (the World Hepatitis Alliance has an ‘Official Relations’ status with the WHO and ‘Special Consultative Status’ with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.), as well as obtaining access to opportunities to network, attend conferences and capacity-building events and receive support for fundraising and policy work.

TB HIV Care has already begun to contribute towards viral hepatitis work in South Africa. From 2015 to 2018, TB HIV Care led a seven city study (in collaboration with the NCID, UCT, Anova Health Institute, OUT Well-being and funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation) to assess the prevalence of viral hepatitis among sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men, as well as evaluate the feasibility of various diagnostic options.

KidzAlive Training

From the 12th – 16th of August 2019, Zoë-Life provided master training for 18 TB HIV Care and Department of Health (DoH) staff, including professional nurses, social workers and training coordinators.

Zoë-Life is an organisation focused on bringing health, wellness and personal development to children, youth and families. Zoë-Life was contracted by TB HIV Care to conduct implementer training on their KidzAlive programme.

The KidzAlive programme is endorsed by the NDoH and deals with child-friendly HTS, disclosure and adherence with children and their parents or caregivers.

The purpose of the training was to scale-up the implementation of the Kidzalive model in various districts of the Eastern Cape, where TB HIV Care provides support and technical assistance at facility level.

The five-day training covered three modules:

* Foundational skills in working with children and their caregivers
* A child-friendly HTS and disclosure model
* Adherence support (more…)

First Group of Health Promotion Officers Graduates

On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, TB HIV Care hosted a graduation ceremony for its new Health Promotion Officers in Khayelitsha. In May 2017, 14 community health workers (CHWs) from Khayelitsha were assessed and selected to attend a leanership, which was funded by the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA).

This group of CHWs were the first group to pilot the Health Promotion programme in the Western Cape by the Department of Health and HWSETA. Glen Lily Training College conducted the training on behalf of HWSETA. To assess their competence, the group had to write an external integrated examination at Northlink College, where they were deemed competent and issued with an NQF level 3 certificate in Occupational Health Promotion.

The graduation ceremony opened with a prayer, which was followed by song and dance – setting the tone for a celebratory occasion!

For Michelle Johnson (Training Coordinator), the project coordinator who managed the HWSETA project, it was exciting to see the group graduate:

“I feel extremely proud because, this was my first CHW leanership project and everybody did extremely well. To see the ladies graduate was a standout. I feel like it was the highlight of my career and bearing in mind their age, circumstances, family commitments etc., it just goes to show that when you are dedicated and passionate – age is nothing but a number.”

A big thank you to Michelle Johnson for all the hard work that went into managing this project, and for guiding our ladies through it.

Congratulations everyone! We look forward to seeing the next group graduate in September.