Charlize Theron Africa Outreach

This programme, made possible by funding from the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, is being carried out in the Newlands area with its primary aim being the prevention of HIV infection of South African youth using a human rights and gender equality-based approach to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support in line with the HIV/AIDS/STD Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007-2011.

Programme Manager, Nanga Magadla together with Coordinators, Ethelina Mgole and Thandile Mboxela, set out to achieve the following in 3 clinics in the Newlands area:

Aim:

  • Prevention of HIV Infection of South African Youth

Area of Focus:

  • Primary HIV infection prevention
  • Secondary HIV infection prevention

Objectives:

  • 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 and 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 3 clinics; the erection of youth friendly shade cloth for the waiting area at 1 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 2 teachers per school in 6 schools to provide sexual reproductive health (SRH) education to girls and boys aged 12 to 19 years.

30 CHW’s 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 and the promotion of proper health procedures. To date the CHW’s in the Newlands area have been trained 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 CHW’s do outreach activities and also provide HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) education awareness at clinics.
  • The CHW’s are also conducting pre and post-test counselling and have been trained on the collection of sputum from clients.
  • A register of OVC’s has been developed and 206 OVC’s have been identified.
  • CHW’s have collaborated with teachers of day care centres and have done community mobilization for setting up parent meetings to educate parents on testing, counselling, nutrition and immunization 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). To date three such ECD’s/crèches have been rehabilitated.

Additional achievements were as follows:

Tested for

Number

Tested for

Number

People tested for TB

259

People tested for HIV

333

People counselled

289

People tested for TB and HIV

570

HIV status confirmed

224

Child abuse cases reported / identified

4

Gender based violence cases reported

1

Alcohol/drug abuse cases referred

2

People referred to clinics

423

Homes visited

327

Gardens established

368