As a follow up for the door-to-door campaign conducted earlier this year by members of Homu branch, outside Giyani, another successful campaign has been conducted on the 14th of July at Mapayeni village. It is worth mentioning that the Health Care Workers from Mapayeni clinic also participated in large number to the success of this campaign. The theme of the campaign was HIV Counselling and testing and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
This is how the campaign was run; Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Homu branch members went house-by-house providing education on the benefits of early testing for general community and pregnant women. In their educational one-on-one sessions, they also mentioned that they have Nurses and HIV Counsellors on board “If you would like to be counselled and tested, all you need it’s just to inform us and we will refer the counsellor to your house” said one of the members of Homu branch. If one request for counselling and testing, a TAC employee working as a Prevention Treatment Literacy Practitioner, Daniel Mathebula, will be beeped on his cell phone. Daniel will call the Nurse and or the HIV Counsellor and give her the house number where counselling and testing has been requested. A proper counselling session will then be conducted with the client at the comfort of their homes.
On this particular door-to-door campaign, the branch has managed to reach 264 people through one-on-one educational sessions, where 103 were males and 161 were females. 34 people were tested for HIV and 12 were further referred for TB screening.
This is how we did it in Mopani, it would be very interesting to get comments from other TAC Districts as to how do they conduct their door-to-door campaigns.
Blog post by Adam Malapa, TAC Mopani Communications Officer
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