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.