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May 2016

Knowledge is Power

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Manqoba Mthembu (AYFS Coordinator) and Nomfundo Gcina Mbatha (AYFS Peer Educator) form one of our new teams working on ‘Our Youth, Our Future’ programme. This is their first blog which they have written as they start their work in Zululand where they will be working throughout 2016.

As we travel to the great mountains of Zululand we are looking forward to bringing about change within the communities that we are working in. Over the coming ten months, we will promote an ongoing relationship between CHIVA SA and the staff in five different health facilities across Zululand.

999_IMG_4493The essence of our work among these facilities is to mentor and enable health staff, bring about support and maintain a lifelong partnership. Our experience of working with young people will also help to encourage the youth to seek more services at the clinics. It is with our support that youth voices become louder and more optimistic.

Knowledge becomes power once an individual or group of people acquire it. As we introduce our programme of Adolescents Youth Friendly Services it will make us as a team of CHIVA SA to become stronger and value our role within the clinic/community.

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Supporting the process of HIV disclosure

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Nokuthula Khumalo (Paediatric Programme Manager) and Sizakele Ndlovu (Paediatric Programme Coordinator) manage CHIVA SA’s paediatric programme which this year is working in North West Province and KZN.

During 2016 we are mentoring and teaching health care workers in facilities in North West Province. Our aim is to empower them and build their confidence in providing children and adolescents on ART with appropriate knowledge that will help them to take control of their lives and live a healthy long life.

HIV disclosure is one of the challenges health care workers are facing in management of children with HIV resulting in high defaulter rate.

999_IMG_4392In one of the facilities during a recent CHIVA SA support visit, there was a case where a 16 year old boy defaulted clinic visits and treatment, and was also reported missing classes. The mother had not explained to the child that he was living with HIV and why he has to take treatment. The child didn’t understand the reason why he has to take these tablets every day when he is not sick. As the Sister in charge of the facility related her concern about losing this child to care, the CHIVA SA team linked the case with the local Social Worker so as to do home visit to the boy’s family and intervene appropriately.

The mother was able to bring the child in the clinic the very same day and the CHIVA SA team facilitated disclosure process whereby the Sister in charge helped the mother to disclose both their status to the boy successfully, and they were both brought back into care. Since then, we have been in contact with the Sister in charge to offer further support and are pleased to hear that the child in question is now attending clinic and taking medication.

This is a great example of how on-site mentoring can not only have immediate results but can also empower staff and build knowledge for the future.

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We have a voice now

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“We have a voice now”

Sonto Sikhosana (AYFS Coordinator) and Thokozani Dlamini (AYFS Peer Educator) form one of our new teams working on ‘Our Youth, Our Future’ programme in eThekwini.

The focus of our work is the mentoring, teaching and supporting health workers to transform the youth services in their health facility. Part of this is encouraging the facility team to seek the opinions and feedback of young people in their community on the services they currently have access to, as well as how things could be improved.

999_IMG_4560Recently on our monthly support visit (as part of our ten month programme) at a clinic in eThekwini, we were working with the team to engage with the youth in their community, encouraging the young people to express their ideas and suggestions using questionnaires we have developed.

The reaction of young people being asked their opinion was amazing. Their facial expressions were so positive, to the extent that one of them said “we have a voice now”.

This kind of reaction is a great encouragement to the health facility team and to us; over the coming months it is our job to help and support the health facility team to improve these services and keep the positive expressions on the faces of young people.

If you’re interested in more on CHIVA Africa, you can head to our Support page where you’ll find everything you need to know on our Fundraising Events, Trusts and Foundations, or simply how to Donate.