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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.

IAS 2019: Mexico City

TB HIV Care was well represented at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science, which took place from 21 July to 24 July 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.

The IAS Conference on HIV Science is the world’s most influential meeting on HIV research and features diverse topics, speakers and cutting-edge studies.

TB HIV Care’s Prof. Harry Hausler presented on isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) among key populations at a TB and HIV satellite session, while Dr Andrew Scheibe participated in an HIV and viral hepatitis pre-conference session – as well as sharing findings of South Africa’s harm reduction coverage and gaps in an oral presentation (see article below).

TB HIV Care also had several meetings and engagements with partners, including UNITE, GNP+ and others.

TB HIV Care’s harm reduction work received media coverage, and you can read the article here:
Low harm reduction coverage for people who inject drugs in South Africa