UCKG's Women in Action continues to spread +ve messages around HIV/Aids
A life-long investment in the health of both HIV positive and negative patients is the key to managing the disease and living a full life irrespective of one's status. This is the message confirmed by doctors and health caregivers who met with international hematology and hemotherapy specialist, Dr Albertina Vieira, who was in South Africa for World Aids Day 2012.
Hosted by Women in Action (WiA) a group of pastors' wives committed to volunteer work, Dr Albertina visited the Themba Lethu Clinic, Right to Care's flagship site for HIV management and the largest antiretroviral treatment site in the country, where doctors and trained counsellors see 400-800 people every day, 25 -50 of whom are new patients.
Doctor Kay Mahomed, Medical Officer, stressed the importance of the counselling process, saying that new patients have five counselling sessions before they see a doctor. Two of these are wellness sessions, two provide treatment information and the last one is a readiness class where patients commit to the programme for life. Once medication has been prescribed and collected from the on-site pharmacy, the patient returns to the doctor to check their understanding and to ask any questions they may have. One-on-one counselling is offered to protect patient confidentiality and group sessions enable patients to receive support from others making similar lifestyle changes.
While she was in Johannesburg, Dr Albertina met Professor Desmond Pantanowitz, professor of surgery at Wits Medical School, and other doctors in private practice to discuss the prevalence and management of HIV/Aids in South Africa. On Saturday 1 December, World Aids Day, she attended the Gauteng Department of Health's event at the Sethokga Hostel in Tembisa, where she met key role players who are actively involved in HIV/Aids care at grass roots level.
Dr Albertina will return to South Africa in February 2013 to contribute to Women in Action's World Cancer Day event.
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