Pacsa’s new HIV/AIDS programme

2020-03-04 06:00

PACSA has always seen an importance in HIV and AIDS education and awareness. Community partners would become advocates in their communities to create awareness to this virus which has been so rampant in our communities.

In the past few years, partnerships with various community based organisations such as uMphithi Men’s Network and Springs of Hope made it possible to carry out this task.

With the need to deepen advocacy around the subject, PACSA approached the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan For Aids relief (PEPFAR) for funding.

The submitted proposal was accepted and PACSA was granted funding to bring on board experienced and passionate team that was tasked with working alongside communities and those affected by the virus.

Zinhle Ndlovu, Nontembiso Dumakude and Micheal Luvuno joined the PACSA family in October 2019 to implement the HIV & AIDS program.

The primary focuses are to educate, support, and promote healthy living and openness. This is achieved by working with adherence clubs which deal with collection of chronic medication, families living with people who are HIV positive, YSS (youth street survivors) and caregivers.

There are also adherence classes which pair participants as means of support structure, promote positive living and they also talk to misinformation about HIV and AIDS.

In December 2019, the HIV and AIDS team had a session with one of the groups where they created a space for group members to share their feelings, lived experiences and reflections on desired futures. As part of promoting physical wellbeing, participants also played games and were encouraged to focus their energies on self-care. Much fun was had as games were played to promote physical fitness. Happily all the members reported that they felt healthy. Even so, it was still important that they were educated on protection, prevention and making regular visits to the clinic

In essence test, treat, linkage to care is what the team aims to achieve.



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