HIV Prevention

Sensitisation Training to Empower our Correctional Services Programme Staff

TB HIV Care’s Correctional Services Programme held a sensitisation training for the team on Friday, 02 February.  Sensitisation is key to our service delivery and this recap training aimed to ensure staff competence in addressing inmate queries using appropriate language according to the latest CDC sensitisation curriculum.

The virtual training covered sensitive topics, including sexuality, gender, sexual behaviours, violence, abuse, and human rights. Recognising the need to empower staff, we focused on:

  • Identifying and combatting stereotypes, stigma, and discrimination related to MSM.
  • Facilitating open and confident communication about sex and sexuality with inmates to encourage PrEP uptake as a preventive measure.
  • Providing essential information on HIV transmission risk and risk reduction strategies within the DCS context. Staff were equipped with HIV prevention strategies, including PrEP & PEP.

The session encouraged interaction, with team members actively engaging and sharing their wealth of experience. This interaction promoted team cohesion among CSP staff members assigned to various correctional centres across five provinces.

We eagerly anticipate the upcoming second session, where we will address substance use and discrimination.

World AIDS Day 2023

On Friday, 1 December TB HIV Care attended a number of World AIDS Day events around the country, including the National Event in Mandeni, KZN; the Eastern Cape Provincial Event in Matatiele; and the Western Cape Provincial Event in Khayelitsha, where TB HIV Care joined the community in raising the voices of the youth, paving the way for the younger generation to lead the way to health and wellness.

Our Correctional Services Programme celebrated the day with the Rustenburg Area Commissioner Officer of Correctional Services in LMN (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West), who invited TB HIV Care to  deliver a talk on U=U and the linkage of released inmates back into the community.

Our Key Populations team marked the day with a special outreach in Wynberg, where HIV testing services were offered to clients and residents.

Launch of Malangeni Hub of Hope in OR Tambo

South African Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, supported by THC PPPrev leadership, officially launched the Malangeni Hub of Hope on Thursday, 26 October in Lusikisiki in OR Tambo.

PPPrev Director Jenny Mcloughlin, OR Tambo Regional Manager Luzuko Tosh and PPPrev Technical Advisor Thobeka Mchunu represented TB HIV Care.

The event introduced the Hub of Hope to the Malangeni community as a safe space for adolescents and youth (both in and out of school) with services including behaviour change sessions, risk assessments, psychosocial support, biomedical services and intensified economic strengthening.

TB HIV Care has rolled out Hubs of Hope in 20 supported clusters to take services directly to communities as “ïsibhedlela kubantu”.

The DREAMS programme partners with the Departments of Health, Social Development and Education to tackle social ills in communities, and the implementation of community-based services is a response to the rising statistics of teenage pregnancy and the high rate of HIV infections among adolescents and young people.

Dr Dhlomo said, “We are here because there is a rise in teenage pregnancy. I am charging you to have a plan about your future, choose abstinence and finish school to achieve better outcomes for your life.”

The Hub of Hope links adolescents and youth to adolescent and youth-friendly services (AYFS) located at the Malangeni Clinic, which is one of the provincial primary health care clinics in the OR Tambo district. It is located at Ingquza Hill Municipality in Malangeni.

“We encourage young people to utilise the AYFS facilities. This shows that they are responsible for their future; therefore, when they go to the facility to access the services, they should not be chased away because this facility is for them”, added Dr Dhlomo.

In addition, the Malangeni Hub of Hope aims to provide access to industrial skills development courses and leadership to support local adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in becoming economically empowered through securing employment or starting up small businesses.

“The Malangeni Hub of Hope is unique because of its location at the Chief Mjoji Palace. This shows the commitment of Malangeni’s traditional leadership to HIV prevention efforts and to change the lives of adolescents and youth in Malangeni.”, added Jenny Mcloughlin, Programme  Director: PPPrev/PrEP.