Benchmarking Best Practices in Viral Load Monitoring

TB HIV Care, led by Mandisa Mona (Advanced Clinical Care Facilitator), joined a team of ten delegates, including representatives from TB HIV Care’s Chris Hani district office, SEAD and the Chris Hani District Department of Health (DOH), on a four-day visit (26 February – 01 March) to Durban. The trip was organised by CAPRISA.

The purpose of the visit was to benchmark best practices in viral load monitoring and recognition of treatment failure; learn strategies to increase viral load coverage in ART clients; share Advanced Clinical Care (ACC) tools utilised for improved patient outcomes and share M&E tools for reporting purposes. All of which contribute to moving closer to achieving the third target of UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 goals (that by 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression).

The best practices will be piloted in the Chris Hani health district, with relevant stakeholders prioritising 10×10 facilities and escalated to other facilities supported by TB HIV Care in Amathole and OR Tambo.

The team also visited Clairwood Hospital (Thusong ARV Clinic) where ART patients with complications are managed.  They were taken step-by-step through the management process of these patients.

Thanks so much to all involved.

Thuma Mina Campaign in Amathole

The Amathole District Department of Health (DoH) has embarked on the Thuma Mina (Send Me) project, which aims to bring health services to far-flung, rural communities.

The campaign had activities planned for three days in Mnquma Local Municipality (Amathole) from 18- 21 February. Gcina, with seven villages and Chebe with six villages were the areas identified in Mnquma to host the event. Communities in these areas are serviced by only three health facilities – all on average about 5km- 10km away. 

During the three days, integrated services were offered, including HTS, consultation of all clients by nurses and specialised care (which included: eye care, ENT, dental care, gynaecological care, social care and even application of identity documents and birth certificates).

Youth clinics and dialogues were led by TB HIV Care staff to make sure that the youth are not left behind.

TB HIV Care’s HTS and Care & Treatment teams worked passionately and with dedication, providing much-needed quality care to those communities.

The event received support by the attendance of the DoH district office, sub-district and provincial HAST Managers.

Well done to all those who made the event possible!

TB HIV Care launches new Training Academy with 1-year Social Auxiliary Worker Qualification

Applications for March 2019 OPEN

TB HIV Care is offering an accredited 1-year Social Auxiliary Worker qualification at NQF 5 level starting March 2019.

This full-time course includes structured theory modules, practical workplace learning, mentoring, ongoing assessments and a final exam.

Students will be placed in suitable workplaces in the non-profit or public sector under the supervision of a workplace mentor. Students will receive the necessary support and guidance, both in the workplace (practical) and in the classroom (theory).

Upon completion of the training, all successful students will receive an accredited qualification, which entitles them to register as a Social Auxiliary Worker with the SA Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). Qualified Social Auxiliary Workers can pursue a career in relevant government departments and non-profit organisations, providing social services, psychosocial support and community development. The qualification also affords individuals the opportunity to apply to study towards a Bachelor of Social Work, as a next step.

The qualification equips individuals with the skills to:

  • Provide basic counselling and support services to individuals and families
  • Facilitate group work and support groups  
  • Facilitate participatory development in communities to address their common socio-economic needs and promote social justice
  • Collect and collate data to inform social services interventions

In addition, students will gain valuable life skills including teamwork, building confidence, dealing with conflict and communication skills.

The 1-year Social Auxiliary Worker qualification at NQF 5 level is accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and provides 129 credits.  

The minimum entrance requirement for this qualification is a Grade 12 certificate.

Closing date for applications: 08 March 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note this is a fee-based course. For more information regarding the cost, course content or to request an application form, please email or call Michelle Fredricks or Brenica Bailey on 021 425 0050.