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HIV Voluntary Counseling & Testing ( VCT )

Course Objective:

This course aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to deal with HIV/Aids in different care, counseling and educational situations in the multi-cultural East African context. The course offers participants the opportunity to:

• Disseminate correct and relevant information on HIV/Aids in the community.
• Facilitate the breakdown of negative attitudes, stereotypes and misconceptions about HIV/Aids.
• Promote HIV/Aids prevention strategies in the community.
• Counsel clients on various HIV/Aids aspects.
• Provide pre- and post- HIV test counselling.
• Deal with cultural and sexual diversity.
• Apply basic legal and ethical issues in various contexts.
• Understand the basic principles of home-based care.
• Use resources and be able to participate in networking.
• Develop and facilitate educational programmes.

Who will benefit from this course?

Students and professionals in the health and social sciences (e.g. HIV/Aids counsellors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers, ministers of faith, peer-counsellors, lay counsellors, community or volunteer workers, managers, religious workers and members of congregations) will benefit from this course. In short, this course is for people from all walks of life who feel that they want to make a difference in turning the tide of the HIV/Aids crisis in Africa.

RATIONALE

HIV/Aids counseling is essentially about educating and counseling communities in the control, management and prevention of HIV/Aids. There is widespread recognition of the misconceptions in communities that lead to negative attitudes and stereotypes. Furthermore, it is generally accepted that there is an increasing need for a functioning system of services in terms of HIV/Aids. In order to meet this demand, individual service providers need to train others in the community in terms of HIV/Aids counseling.

The crux of the issue is that a ‘training chain’ needs to be established, together with a well-functioning network of interwoven service providers. It is the coordinating, monitoring and the use of this network that will build a functional system. As part of this network a greater role is envisaged for community members. Learners must therefore demonstrate that they have adequate knowledge in terms of counseling, developing programs, facilitating group processes, organizing multi-disciplinary teams and presenting HIV/Aids workshops. This short course introduces the problem of HIV/Aids as well as HIV/Aids care and counseling in the multi-cultural East African context.

Course Methodology

classroom & distance / online learning

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