Programme overview

Overview

Community Health Care is at the heart of Woza Moya´s activities.  Through a team of well-trained Community Care Givers (CCGs), the most vulnerable families are identified.  The first step is to identify a primary care giver in the home, who the CCG works closely with, transferring skills and information and providing on going support and advice.  The CCGs receive training in Primary Health Care, Palliative Care, First Aid, HIV and AIDS including TB and ARV treatment, General Counseling and VCT and basic home care nursing. Monthly PLWAs support groups are facilitated throughout Ofafa.

Programme updates

NACOSA arranged for Jane Nxasane, Community Health Manager, to travel to Cape Town to attend three days of ART Adherence Club training with Medecins Sans Frontieres. https://www.msf.org.za  ART clubs were first set up by MSF in CApe Town. They endeavour to improve treatment and adherence to ARVs, with a lot of success.

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In recent years, disability, has become one of our important areas of work.  This interest was kicked off by some workshops, that were run by Disability Specialist,  Hlengiwe Londeka, a community based rehabilitation facilitator, from the KwaZulu-Natal NGO, CREATE.  The first workshop that she ran was a one day sensitisation workshop for our community caregivers, followed up by 3 weeks training on community working with people with disabilities, covering a vast array of topics, to improve the understanding of child development and models of impairment and disability, and how disability might be detected. 

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Learn To Live, led by Yanti Turang, spent 8 days with us in October running clinics around the Ofafa Valley. They held Sexual Reproductive Health workshops for Youth in our local schools and also for our Community Care Worker team.

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Rhonda Klevansky, Drs Neil Prose and Thirusha NaiduMore than one year ago, Dr. Neil Prose, a pediatrician and dermatologist at Duke University in the United States, and Dr. Thirusha Naidu, a psychologist at University of Kwazulu-Natal, began a research project about Woza Moya. Their goal was to understand the specific routines and methods of leadership that have led to enormous success, and the very low turnover rate of its caregivers, despite their strenuous physical and emotional work.

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Our home-based care program has been growing by leaps and bounds working in partnership with Ixopo Department of Healh and other NGO implementing the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) program.

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An awakening is taking place in the Ofafa Valley! In April people living with disabilities (PLWD) were invited to join the on-going disability trainings with CREATE at Woza Moya. Specialised transport was provided, to ensure that people, who wished to, were able to attend. There is a close correlation between PLWD and PLWA (people living with aids).

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This means that every 2 weeks Ixopo Clinic staff will dispense ARV meds from Woza Moya, greatly facilitating access for Ufafa valley community members. Sr Gaza (Nursing Sister) and Thulile Ngcobo (counsellor) were assisted by Jane Nxasane (Program Manager: Home-based Care).  On 4 May 2012 staff from Christ the King Hospital, Ixopo, also came to Woza Moya clinic; they were Sr Koanana and two new cousellors. They were also dispensing TB medication, not only ARV's.

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We were thrilled to have Trish Bartley, long-time friend, return to Woza Moya to facilitate a workshop for the Community Care Workers.  Trish developed a small mindfulness-based project in North Wales called Thought-on-a-Thread, some years ago, as a way of sharing short simple mindfulness practices with the Woza Moya CCWs. 

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We were honoured to co-host World AIDS Day with our special friends from Sisonke District Health, in Nkululeko Hall, in the remote Emahlathini area. The day began with the traditional candle lighting ceremony. 

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Our highly valued partnership with the SISONKE HEALTH DISTRICT, around IMCI (integrated management of childhood illnesses), saw excellent quality trainings being done, by the DoH team. Topics covered in the past few months are PMTCT, breastfeeding and weighing, immunisation, traditional birth attendants, health promoting homes and RTHB training. This continues to be a rich and rewarding relationship, having direct and positive impact on the health and welfare of the Ofafa Valley Community and their children.

In Sept 2011 the Woza Moya Community Care Workers (CCWs) came together to discuss the future of Home-Based Care (HBC) in KwaZulu-Natal (and South Africa) . The Department of Health (DoH), especially in KZN, is forging ahead with the restructuring of HBC with no or very little consultation with civil society and in particular with Home Based Carers themselves. Read more about their concerns captured in two videos made by the Social Media team..

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We had the opportunity to review the National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB, 2012-2016, a most comprehensive document, with 4 main pillars, ranging from universal HIV testing and TB screening, to sustaining health and wellness, increasing safety and reducing vulnerability, to changing societal norms and values.

Our Community Care Workers (CCWs) reported that they were increasingly being called upon to help resolve family disputes in the community.  They felt unequipped and out of their depth.  So it was timely that Dottie Hickey, a Nursing Sister from New York, USA, and and old friend of ours, was visiting SA and able to conduct this workshop on Conflict Resolution. 

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Jovita da Silva, businesswoman and Therapeutic Aromatherapist from Durban conducted a one day workshop for all of the Care Worker team.

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IMCI stands for Integrated Management Childhood Illness which takes the management of childhood illness out of the clinics and into the community.  Community is integral to the Woza Moya vision and way of doing things.  Woza Moya in partnership with DoH, World Vision and Fight against Aids, has been selected to roll out this programme in Ofafa.

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Woza Moya

  • actively seeks to empower women in the community and workplace
  • encourages taking responsibility by knowing your HIV status
  • respects the natural environment of the Ufafa Valley and the culture of the people living there