Harriet Kunene, Head of Programmes of the AIDS Information and Support Centre (TASC), was among the trainers facilitating a one day training session at the Nkamanzi kaGogo centre in Swaziland for more than 20 community-based health educators on 13 February 2013.
The training session was aimed at preparing health educators to rapidly scale up access to HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) services in their communities. Topics covered included:
Kunene said, “…the community-based health educators are very appreciative of the fact that they are recognized by the Ministry of Health that they play a key role in scaling up the uptake of ART in rural communities.”
She further said that “…the participants were inspired and encouraged by the refresher course and that the updates make them confident that they are in alignment with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines through the trainings offered by TASC.”
TASC is one of 15 implementing partners that work with SAfAIDS, a non-governmental organization mandated within the MaxART project to scale up access to HTC and ART services in Swaziland, through enhancing community preparedness and increasing advocacy efforts.
To complement the government’s effort, the community-based educators encourage people to know their HIV status so that if positive, they enroll and remain on treatment. They also collect data necessary to enhance the MaxART project.
The MaxART project seeks to scale up new approaches to achieve the elimination of new HIV infections in Swaziland (a country facing the highest overall HIV prevalence rate in the world).
The three main objectives of the MaxART project in Swaziland are to:
For more information, please contact Ms Nana Mdluli: [email protected]