HIV Prevention

TB HIV Care’s Sex Worker Programme given green light to supply ART and PrEP in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District

On Monday, 26 November, TB HIV Care’s Doctor Kenneth Kaunda (DKK) Key Populations – Sex Worker Programme site was assessed for its capacity to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Key assessment objectives included:

  • To assess the facility in the quality management of HIV and TB
  • To assess implementation of the NSP HIV, STI and TB guidelines
  • Assess the data management system, including proper data collection, recording, analysis and reporting
  • To assess the drug supply and management system: planning, forecasting and reporting
  • Support the facility in identifying programme strengths, weaknesses and opportunities – and making appropriate recommendations for improvement of ART/ PrEP service delivery

The site was visited by Hasina Subedar, Eva Marumo (NDoH), Keitheng Matlapeng (North West Provincial DoH), Paul Motlhaoleng and Anna Malaudi (Matlosana District DoH). They were received by Mfezi Mcingana (TB HIV Care’s Key Populations Programme Manager) and the DKK team. A successful assessment was conducted and accreditation was granted for both ART and PrEP implementation for the site.

The TB HIV Care DKK team would like to thank the DKK District and the NW Provincial Department of Health for their continued support of the programme.

Buffalo City Informal Settlements Project

TB HIV Care is in the process of designing and implementing an Informal Settlements Project in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (Eastern Cape). Essentially the project will bring a comprehensive prevention package of services (HIV, TB and STIs) to informal settlements which need it the most.

On Thursday the 17th of May, the National Department of Health and the Global Fund organised a meeting in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) to introduce TB HIV Care to the BCM District Department of Health.

The meeting was attended by NDoH representatives Yolisa Tsibolane (NDoH Director) and Matshidiso Sopoli (Informal Settlements Programme Manager); the district team headed by District Manager Mr Lusasa; as well as TB HIV Care’s Katherine Brittin (Programme Manager), Nobesuthu Feliti (our newly appointed Project Manager), Amanda Fononda (Regional Coordinator) and Zimkhitha Pathi (Regional Data Manager).

The purpose of the meeting, in addition to making introductions, was to build relationships, identify areas of operation and initiate plans for the implementation of the project. TB HIV Care’s existing reputation in the area paved the way for a very successful meeting and the feedback was that the programme is much-needed and very welcome.

The three informal settlements identified to implement the comprehensive prevention package (CPP) are  Duncan Village, Resteen and Polar Park (Dimbaza).

With goodwill secured, we are now looking forward to getting started!

TB HIV Care Voices: Honing the mobilisation skills of our front-line community workers

Staff blog. Submitted by: John Mutsambi (PrEP Coordinator)

Community peer mobilisers and educators are the most important communication tool for health promotion and uptake of the different HIV prevention options that science has availed.

To hone the skills of these front-line health workers, who are working with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in uMgungundlovu (KZN), an intensive workshop on community mobilisation for HIV prevention was conducted from 7-8 May, 2018.

The forum brought together 42 participants, including 27 THC HIV Prevention Programme staff and 15 Girls Clubs mentors from Community Media Trust.

The training started with an overview of the HIV epidemic in South Africa and narrowed the focus to AGYW, highlighting the burden they carry as well as the combination HIV prevention options available to them –  which will soon include PrEP.

Thoughtful engagement and discussions on the importance of community mobilisation, the qualities of a good community mobiliser, their roles and responsibilities and how to plan effectively for community mobilisation ensued. During the workshop, a road map detailing the process from community mobilisation all the way through to the provision of clinical and care services was created. The training ended with a reflection on Idowu Koyenikan’s quotation which says, “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests get together to work toward the same goals”.