Community Support

 

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.

Community Support

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.

  ‘I first came to KHC in 2008 as a client. Later that year I was chosen by KHC to join the community volunteer team. I was provided with training in HIV/AIDS and TB care. Our role as a community health care worker is very varied and interesting. We work closely with the communities to gain their trust. Some of the much needed support we provide is home based palliative care for seriously ill patients, we provide support to HIV mother’s during their pregnancy and there is a strong emphasis on education for family planning, importance of testing for HIV.

I enjoy the work I do and am happy when I see patients who are very ill come to us and get better. We cannot always help everyone and for those patients our support and care is very important in giving them dignity.’