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Charlize Theron Africa Outreach

The Small Projects Foundation

Making meaning. Taking action. Changing lives. 

Charlize Theron Africa Outreach

Preventing primary & secondary HIV infection in South African youth

We want to prevent South African youth from being infected with HIV. With funding from the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, Programme Manager, Nanga Magadla, and her Coordinators, Ethelina Mgole & Thandile Mboxela are doing just that in the Newlands area.

Aims

– mobilise youth, parents, communities, local civil society organisations and clinics to prevent HIV infection of youth
– ensure a structured and effective adolescent friendly clinic service
– ensure a structured and effective community peer education system is available

A number of activities are being carried out to achieve the objectives such as assessments of the current services; skills surveys of the clinic health workers; document reviews; community dialogues on gender based violence, teenage pregnancy & HIV/AIDS; training clinic staff, clinic committee members, youth and clinic-based health care workers in youth friendly services; implementing youth friendly health services in three clinics; the erection of youth friendly shade cloth for the waiting area at one clinic; training community members in technical skills to provide competent and gender responsive prevention, care and support services in community clinics and taverns; training of two teachers per school in six schools to provide sexual reproductive health education to girls and boys aged 12 to 19 years.

30 community health workers who are being paid by the Independent Development Trust (IDT) are actively taking part in community meetings to encourage spreading knowledge relating to HIV and AIDS and TB & the promotion of proper health procedures. We have trained our CHWs on PMTCT, Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT), gardening and nutrition, Peer Education and Youth Friendly Services. They are also engaged in community outreach programmes and do referrals to the clinics and collect statistics.

Achievements

– 30 trained Community Healthcare Workers do outreach activities and also provide HIV, Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Infections education awareness at clinics.

– The CHWs are also conducting pre and post-test counselling and have been trained on the collection of sputum from clients.

– A register of orphans and vulnerable children has been developed & 206 OVCs have been identified.

– CHWs have collaborated with teachers of day care centres and have done community mobilisation for setting up parent meetings to educate parents on testing, counselling, nutrition and immunisation of children.

– SPF together with the Loaves and Fishes Network has garnered support for children and their families through the Early Childhood Development centres (ECD’s), with three such crèches being rehabilitated.

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