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Health Dept Facilitates Advance Training on HIV/AIDS Prevention in Delhi

November 18, 2010

17 November 2010

Dharamshala: The Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration facilitated and supported a week-long advanced training on prevention of HIV/AIDS organised by Dharamsala-based NGO 'CHOICE-HIV/AIDS Initiatives' in Delhi from 1 – 8 November. The training was funded by St Stephen’s AIDS Trust (SSAT), London and co-ordinated by SAHARA Center for Residential Care & Rehabilitation, Delhi, the organisers said in a statement.

Over 12 trainees including doctors, nurses and HIV activists from 8 different regions took part in the training.

Apart from presentations and talks by over 13 trainers including doctors, psychologists, counselors, nutritionists, HIV patients and activists, the training included field exposure trips to hospitals, art centres, SAHARA Michael’s Care Home and Shalom Care Home based in Delhi, role plays and counseling practice and interactive sessions and group discussions.

The training laid special focus on prevention of HIV/AIDS mode of transmission, need of testing and early diagnose, anti-retroviral therapy and management, adherence by the HIV clients, social behavioral change and acceptance among others.

“The aim of this training was not just to upgrade the basic understanding of HIV/AIDS but also to acquaint them (trainees) more comprehensively about the overall issues related with the HIV/AIDS, threats of the impending epidemic, social stigma and discrimination associated with the disease, importance of preventive measures, basic associated medical problems, the opportunistic infections, voluntary counseling and testing,” said Dr Nick Theobald, an eminent trainer and representative from St Stephen’s AIDS Trust in London. 

“It was also aimed at developing skills required to carry home based care and also ‘plan of action’ for initiating or strengthening community care and support programmes and undertake appropriate Preventive Awareness/Education workshops for various groups of people (the stakeholders) in the community, Dr Theobald said.

Mr Michael Marshall, who was the chief co-ordinator of the training and also chief programme co-ordinator of SAHARA Centre for Residential Care and Rehabilitation, said: “Holistic approaches, importance of positive thinking and living, caring for the carers, the role expectations and the burn-outs, organisational and group dynamics and building network of HIV/AIDS clients are some of defining factors in the mission to prevent HIV/AIDS and provide care and support to the HIV clients”.

“Nursing and home care training with field-oriented information resources, need and management of clinical service, training, counselling, social action programmes and live testimony by HIV clients were some of the sessions I really enjoyed,” said nurse Dondup Tsomo, a participant of the training. 

Ms Tsering Paldon, head of Delek Hospital’s Public Health Section and vice chairperson of CHOICE, said: “We have truly benefited so much from the training and hope that all of us would go back to our respective areas with lots of knowledge, guidelines and confidence to carry forward our mission to prevent HIV/AIDS in our community and manage successfully the care and support programmes through proper networks.”

Other trainers and co-ordinators of the training include, Ms Andrea Bennett, nurse from St Stephen’s AIDS Trust, Mangala, TG/ HIV activist from SAHARA, Dr Snehlata Ghosh from SAHARA, Ms Shilpi Saraswat, Psychologist from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Dr Ispa Mohapatra, Ms Shakti Makkar, Ms  Sarita Kaushik from Lok Nayak HosPpital (LNJP), Dr Sarvesh Kumar, Consultant at Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital, Mr Deepak Kanokzia from SAHARA Michael’s Care Home, Ms Chingngaihlain, nurse from Ambedkar Hospital, Dr Saira Paulouse and Dr Savita Saghi from Shalom.
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