Many of our community volunteers are also clients and through their own experiences they provide valuable support and motivation to other clients on how to live their lives positively.
Our community volunteers or VICTASS (Volunteer in Care and Treatment of AIDS TB and Cancer Support System) provide a very valuable service to those clients who are bedridden and require home nursing care. They wash, cook, provide drinking water and carry out many other tasks to help patients. They also work with the community to identify sick people suffering in their homes. They have achieved great inroads with clients in: adherence to drugs, mainly through counting client’s pills when they visit to ensure the medication is being taken correctly; education and reduction of stigma associated with HIV/AIDS with most clients now able to talk about AIDS without fear of discrimination.
The challenge for our team is the increasing number of new clients needing our help and we therefore need more trained carers to support our programs.