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.

CANPUD Training: 30 – 31 July 2018

Due to the historically discriminatory political landscape of South Africa, key populations have been largely stigmatised, rejected and overlooked. Their own voices and opinions were not included in any of the decision-making processes that concerned their well-being – they were the ‘unseen’ and ‘unheard’.

Until recently, the PWUD community has had very limited access to the following basic services: Healthcare, housing, legal services, sanitation and basic human rights. For this reason, it became necessary for South Africa to establish an organisation that had no political allegiance, but could  advocate for the improvement of the basic services and rights of PWUD. And so the South African Network of People Who Use Drugs (SANPUD) was born.

SANPUD was established last year and registered as an NGO in 2018. CANPUD (Cape Town  Network of People Who Use Drugs) falls  under SANPUD  – and has the following primary objectives:

  • Educate PWUD about safer ways to use drugs
  • Assist with the needle and syringe programme – sterile needle distribution and clean ups
  • Provide information to key population communities about linkage to care
  • Promote harm reduction and the available services to PWUD through peer education and community advisory groups
  • Participate in global harm reduction events such as ‘Support. Don’t Punish’
  • Advocate for human rights
  • Provide paralegal mentoring / guidance
  • Assist with family interventions when required

The ViiV Grant, in partnership with INPUD (International Network of People Who Use Drugs), allows our CANPUD members to assist vulnerable communities with testing for HIV – and linking them to care. CANPUD is also assisting HIV positive PWUD to remain adherent to treatment and to gain access to medication through the National Department of Health and TB HIV Care.
The CANPUD team attended a two-day training workshop at the Wynberg site from the 30th to the 31st of July 2018, where they received training from TB HIV Care’s Key Populations Training Coordinator, Des Schouw. Des took them through the background of TB HIV Care and through information and educational materials on TB, universal test and treat (UTT), HIV,  medical male circumcision (MMC), sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and treatment adherence in order to prepare them for the task ahead.

Thanks so much to everyone involved.