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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.

Dimbaza Bike Project allows HAST Counsellors to reach more households

The Informal Settlements Programme (IS) provides the comprehensive prevention package (CPP), including TB screening and testing, HIV testing and counselling and STI screening, to contacts of TB cases and community members in three informal settlements in the Eastern Cape: Dimbaza, Duncan Village and Reeston. 

TB HIV Care, in partnership with the Pedal Power Association (PPA), is piloting a bicycle project in Dimbaza Informal Settlement (Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality). The PPA donated three  bicycles to carry out the pilot project, with hopes of expanding the programme should it prove to be a success. TB HIV Care is hoping that the introduction of bicycles will make a significant difference in increasing  the number of households reached and assist with the distance that HAST Counsellors can cover (in order to reach far-flung households). 

The idea was initiated when the IS Programme received funding from dhk thinkspace to allocate to an area described as a ‘limited services area’ – such as Dimbaza. TB HIV Care used these funds to purchase suitable walking shoes for the team (who often walk great distances), and will also support the bicycle project with accessories needed for safety.

The bike handover ceremony took place at Dimbaza Community Health Centre on Friday, 08 February 2019. The event went extremely well, with TB HIV Care staff, Dimbaza CHC staff and community members overjoyed and excited about the project. What excites them most is that Dimbaza CHC is the first facility in the Eastern Cape to pilot this kind of project. If the project is a success there is every chance that it will be rolled out to other areas in the province. Everyone present was singing, sharing traditional songs of praise and rejoicing in the donation of the bicycles. It is worth noting that while the event was happening, delivery of health services to community members continued as normal. 

Many thanks to Nomgcobo Puta (Team Leader: Informal Settlements) who acted as programme director for the day, Zimkhitha Mphati (Project Coordinator: Informal Settlements) who shared the purpose of the day and the background to the project, and all the guests who made it such a special and meaningful occasion. 

The ceremony concluded with HAST Counsellors visiting homes in Polar Park  – demonstrating exactly how they trace and follow-up with household and close contacts of TB index clients. Thank you!