Home Based Health Care Skills Programme Training

This Programe incorporated Home Based Carers into the Home and Community Based Care Programme and provided training according to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1.

KZNPPHC was contracted by the KZN Department of Health to manage the HCBC Programme from 2000 to 2009. Five thousand five hundred (5500) Home and Community Carers from 10+1 Districts within KZN Province were on the programme.The programme rendered Primary Health Care services through Home and Community Based Care Givers who were the first level of contact for communities.

Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) were contracted by the KZN Department of Health to continue to support and empower these HCBCs. The HCBCs were then contracted as Community Health Workers by the KZN Department of Health.

A few were elevated to Project Coordinators/Officers, some improved their literacy levels by joining ABET Classes, some started their own projects through income generating activities and some were trained as nurses and counselors through HWSETA.

Home Community Based Carers (HCBC) programme helped Community Health Workers (CHWs) develop their skills, created employment, contributed to poverty alleviation and encouraged self-employment in order for people to sustain themselves.

KZNPPHC worked closely with the local Non-Profit Organisations. The aim was to empower these local NPOs with management skills in order to improve their management systems. KZNPPHC transferred the management function of the Home and Community Based Carers Programme to these NPOs at the end of the contract with KZN DoH.

The Community Based Organisations (CBOs) Capacity Building Project
The Community Based Organisation’s Capacity Building Project was funded by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund. The aim of the project was to develop skills and capacity of Community Based Organisations to be efficient and sustainable.

The programme involved training and mentorship of Non Profit Organisations, Community Based Organisations and Community Health Centres. KZNPPHC has always been involved in skills development and empowerment of community based structures for sustainability. The following unit standard based training was provided to Non Profit Organisations, Community Based Organisations and Community Health Centres:

• HIV and AIDS
• HIV and AIDS Counseling
• Home Based Care
• Anti Retro Virals and Adherence
• Basic Project Management
• Personnel Management
• Monitoring and Evaluation
• Governance and Leadership
• Basic Financial Management
• Fundraising & Proposal Writing

KZNPPHC also offered monitoring and support following training to ensure that the skills and capacity gained during at the training are effectively and appropriately applied.

The Multi- Purpose Centre (MPC)

The MPC was KZNPPHC’s initiative to respond to community needs for coordinated health and social services. It was based in Stepmore and housed TB/HIV Care Association which provides community based adherence support

KZNPPHC's Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) at Stepmore

The building was donated by Operation Jump Start (OJS) in 2008 for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Project at Stepmore

One of the projects established at the MPC was for the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) which was due to high HIV/AIDS prevalence in the area. Its aim was to reduce vulnerability among OVCs and provide them with support through the following activities:

• Feeding scheme
• Health and life skills education
• OVC Parents and Care Givers support

Health Rights Awareness Campaigns

The NPPHCN embarked on a national campaign to raise awareness about Health Related Rights and in 1997, developed the country’s first Health Rights Charter, subsequently acknowledged by the Department of Health. We developed capacity by assisting the communities to understand health rights. In August 1999, the organisation facilitated the launch of the uThukela Region’s Health Rights Charter.

Life Skills Training for Teachers

This project involved training teachers to handle Life Skills and sexuality issues in schools.This was in partnership with Planned Parenthood Association and the KZN Department of Education.

Women's Health and Empowerment
• KZNPPHC raised awareness around choice on termination of Pregnancy Act and the available services for women.
• The organisation participated in drafting the Women’s Health Policy
• KZNPPHC was also engaged in advocacy and Reproductive Health Rights

District Health System Development HIV& AIDS Programme (DHS)
KZNPPHC was contracted by the KZN D.o.H. to establish and develop the capacity of Community Health Committees, Local Government, Councillors, District Facilitating Committees and Hospital Boards. Workshops were also conducted for Health workers on the re-orientation on the District Health System.

Targeted Hostel Residence HIV & AIDS Peer Educators Project
An HIV and AIDS programme targeting hostel residents was initiated in 2000 with the aim of disseminating information on HIV AIDS and related concepts. The project was implemented in 9 hostels within eThekwini District through a peer education system.

Integrated Development HIV and AIDS Prevention and Awareness Project
The main aim of the project was to equip young people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS with knowledge and skills that would enable them to make informed sexual health decisions. The project was implemented at Sisonke District through peer field workers funded by Oxfam Australia.

Skills Programme Training

Ethekwini INK Area Home Based Care Training
In 2007, KZNPPHC was contracted by eThekwini Municipality to train ninety (90) Volunteers from INK area, (Inanda, Ntuzuma & KwaMashu) and surrounding areas. The training was unit standard aligned and was based on the following unit standards:
• Home Based Health Care • HIV/AIDS • TB and Dots • Nutrition

St Clements Home Community Based Care Project

KZNPPHC was commissioned by St Clements Church in Clermont to train eighty (80) volunteers on Home Based Health Care Skills. Leaners were trained on accredited unit standards for the period of five months, thus making the training accredited by HWSETA. This project rendered a supportive service to people affected/infected by HIV/AIDS in Clermont and surrounding areas. Clermont and KwaDabeka townships are surrounded by several informal settlements that have a high rate of unemployment, poverty, sexually transmitted infections including TB

Traditional Health Practitioners' Training

KZNPPHC received skills grant funding from HWSETA to provide HIV and AIDS training to Traditional Health Practitioners in 3 Districts in KZN viz. Ilembe, Ugu and eThekwini.

The training was aimed at ensuring that Traditional Healers play an active role in rural areas in the reduction of new HIV infections once they are aware of myths and misconceptions. Traditional Healers are the first level of contact for most communities and are accepted as providers of culturally promoting practices in primary and secondary health care.

Traditional Health Practitioners during HIV and AIDS Training at Ugu District